Creating a gown for a beloved daughter too many states away, and with only two fittings in four months – Threads became my ally, from lessons on hand-rolled hems and French seams, to internal structure and support, interfacing, rigilene, spiral boning and horsehair braid – sources, information and encouragement abound, and the result was a beautiful fitting summer gown, exactly what the bride wished for.
A design in constant progress, the dress began as two layers of organza over a petticoat. That was too sheer, so a layer of ivory silk went underneath. Even with a quality silk organza the effect seemed dull, so a layer of lace was added in between the organza, providing a very soft vintage effect. So the gown grew to four light layers that rustled beautifully when she walked, six gored skirt with godet added at the knees to create the modified mermaid, all separately French seamed and hems lovingly rolled by hand.
Our muse was the beautiful Art Deco bottle of St Germain, complete with working the light jade/blue color of the cap into the petticoats. Etsy provided vintage shoes that were a perfect match. The sash was made from 50 year old satin from the gown worn by her maternal grandmother and me, the mom.
Result? One happy bride and a gown I’m oh so proud to share! Thank you Threads!