Over the weekend I met with a dear friend to talk about a dress I’m going to make with her. We drank coffee and laughed over the details–are we in over our heads?! so it’s not just any dress… it’s her wedding dress! And I emphasize that we are making it together because I believe in a new kind of way to dress our selves.
Instead of just wearing something that you buy from any ole store, why not wear something that emphasizes something about you, expresses your identity, tells a part of your story? well, okay not everyone goes around sewing all day long, i know, but this is my idea–to create clothing for the individual. especially at a momentous occasion like your wedding, you better feel special and uniquely you in your dress! So…here we are drinking coffee and talking about the details…
Before long, we had narrowed down some important factors: breast-feeding ease, sexiness and comfort, a beautiful hemp and silk blend fabric, and length for dancing. Still unsure about the top, straps, and torso, we headed to my pinterest page ,and finally to the store to peruse the pattern books. It was a long afternoon of work, and by the end we were happy to have HomeGrown just around the corner to re-fuel, but we did it! We designed and found the fabric for her wedding dress! The design that Anna drew is as beautiful and elegant as she is! I am so happy to be working on this project alongside a great friend!
This is the fabric that we bought: Nearsea Naturals, Natural Hemp/”Raw” Silk blend:
Nearsea Naturals is locally based here in Asheville, but ships their beautiful products all over the world. I have a dress made with this same hemp, silk blend and it is gorgeous! It has the visual texture of raw silk, but not as rough to the touch or eye as Dupioni, and drapes more easily. check them out! (The owner, Debbie, is a gem!)
So here’s our preliminary sketch: the textured sleeves and drop waist will be pin tucks:
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