Thursday, August 09, 2007
Caroline is visiting this week and we seized the day for a trek to Evanston, Illinois, (greater Chicago) to the wonderful Vogue Fabrics and wrestle with some bridal decisions. We'd been emailing ideas and pattern links back and forth for weeks. Bridesmaid Michelle came along with us for moral support.
The pattern decision was easy--Vogue V2965, a sleek and simple dress that absolutely has Caroline's name written all over it.
Pattern in hand, we headed to the bridal/evening fabrics department. That turned out to be simple too. We pounced on just about the first thing we saw--luscious antique white silk charmeuse. Liquid and drapey, it should work up beautifully in this bias-cut dress.
In another lifetime, I was a fashion design student, learning all kinds of couture techniques I've never really used very much in the real world. But since Caroline was born, my dream has been to someday put it all to use and to make her a fabulous wedding dress.
So off we go! The first step will be to make the dress in muslin, to be sure of fit. The first fitting will be sometime this fall.
It'll be a few months before I have to summon the emotional strength to cut into the very pricey silk charmeuse.