Saturday, May 31, 2008

Show & Tell with Mel Sunday


This is my wedding dress. The reason I am sharing it is because I made it. I designed it and made it. The creative process I love. The making it process - well, not all the time. I would love to just be able to figure it out in my brain, push print and voila! Finished product. I have made other dresses and other things - but this is one of the biggest projects I ever undertook and the first project of its magnitude I ever did. I did have a bit of help (see below photo.) It wasn't until I started making this dress that I fully understood the need for a sewing dummy.

Sssshhhhh - don't tell, he'd probably kill me for posting this picture! His roommates took one of him in it when it was done and I was hemming it. I never got a copy of that. Somewhere - someone has a photo of my dh in a full out wedding dress. I had to bribe him with a kiss to get him to put on that bodice so I could pin it and make sure I had it right. (I am dying over how skinny I use to be!) Must be true love right? Especially in front of his roomies. Not only did he willingly submit his services as a sewing dummy, but he also helped me with some of the hand sewing tasks.

Me: "Do you know how to sew on a button?"

Him: "Yeee - esssssss . . ."

Me: "Good! Here, take this, Now, sew one of these itty bitty pearls on this gimp braid every inch okay?"

Roommates: "snicker, snicker, tee hee . . ."

Sewings pearls during the NCAA Final Four helped make the sewing go down a bit easier. He didn't complain - though came close when he asked "why can't we just glue these?" Silly man - Elmer's is not for wedding dresses! Click on the photo for more detail - you might just catch sight of some of those man-sewn pearls!

23 comments:

The Town Criers said...

My favourite detail are the bows towards the bottom of the dress. They seem so classically wedding. I am VERY impressed that you made your own dress.

DC said...

I can't believe you made that dress!! It's very pretty and detailed.

BTW . . . I grew up not too far from Rolla. In high school, we used to drive down go to frat parties on campus there. Ah, the memories.

Fertilized said...

I am always in awe of those that can sew. I can't beleive your husband helped! Awesome

m said...

OMG you made your own dress!!! I have a button that needs to be sewn on a jacket that I've been putting off for 3 months!!!

VA Blondie said...

That dress is amazing! And it is really cool that you made it yourself. I know you felt beautiful and special in the dress on your wedding day.

korechronicles said...

Beautiful dress and well done you on making it yourself. I always think I can do these things in theory but then fall over when I try to make them. The fitting is the tricky bit - if only all dressmaker's dummies were as good-looking as yours. With the added ability to sew buttons, no less.

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Sam said...

Wow, I am seriously impressed!! And I can't believe you even managed to rope in hubby in sewing on a few bits!! You go girl!! ;-)

Lauren said...

I love the bows on the dress! For some reason, they remind me of Cinderella's dress for the ball, the one her mice friends helped her make. Your husband is very sweet to help you make it... and he can sew too! My DH would have tried glue behind my back.

Thanks for the Show and Tell!

JamieD said...

I don't know what I am more impressed with - that you made your own wedding dress or that your husband let you fit it on him!!

I so wish I could create something with my own hands . . . you should be SO proud!

Alyson & Ford said...

You must have a SAINT for a hubby!! Love your dress. I can't believe you made it!!
Thanks for visiting and commenting. Glad to know you have family from Maine - I still love the place!

Alyson LID 01/27/06 IA China
NCLM

chicklet said...

I can't believe you made your own dress, wow, that's awesome!

loribeth said...

(bowing deeply) I'm impressed!! Beautiful dress!!

Amy said...

Wow! I:
a) can't believe you made your own dress! Amazing!
b) can't believe your dh knew how to sew on a button! (almost equally amazing!)
c) am incredibly impressed that he let you use him as a model (and that you have photographic proof)

Very cool show and tell!

Kymberli said...

WOW!!! That is beyond impressive! I'm not even sure if I can sew a button, so your dh did way better than I ever could have! How many husbands can say they've helped create their wives' wedding gowns? Awesome story - thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

I am so in awe. You must have gotten my dose of the sewing gene.

Your husband sure is a good sport!

Kathy V said...

I like the bows. They are so neat. You are so creative. It must have made you so proud to walk down the aisle in not only something that you created but something that you made by hand too. How wonderful.

Thanks for commenting about my show and tell nursery pictures.

tryingin2007 said...

very impressive! I am a big knitter and I tried over and over to knit something (a shawl or something) for my wedding day. there was too much pressure and in the end I bought a cashmere sweater from macys. the fact that you designed AND made your dress is fantastic. nice job!

Still Standing Strong in A Bloom of Hope. said...

Very impressive!!!!!!!!

And your hubs is such a keeper!!!!

love love love the dress!

Pepper said...

I am impressed with your skilz! And I envy your attention span; I still have all the materials for the quilt I was going to make 13 years ago that So Did Not Happen.

Thanks for the comment. Your description of your Lupron side effects cracked me up. :-) I hope they ease up soon. Now I need to go take a nap ...

scarredbellybutton said...

A fellow sew-er - fantastic!

Sorry to see the long list of crap you've been through with the adeno and all the bladder damage.

calliope said...

wow! That is amazing! & I love that your husband actually helped you make it. How sweet.

You were very clever to incorporate the final four!

SAHW said...

Wow. I am so impressed by you and your husband! That is so awesome that you made your own dress...and you somehow got your husband to help you with it?? Very impressive. :)

alicia said...

here from NaComLeavMo! I just read your sidebar! wow!!!!

And also I can't believe you made your wedding dress, so awesome! I would be way to scared to do that!