About 2 months ago I walked into Studio Fabrics and bought all the fabric I needed to make my wedding dress. I've kept it hidden in my sewing room all this time although I did bring it out a couple of times just to look at it and imagine the final dress.
For those of you who've been following along with this you'll know that I shared some original inspiration, made many muslins, perfected the skirt portion of the dress and got thoroughly overwhelmed on how to embellish the dress.
It's been a long journey so far and I haven't even started making the wedding dress for real yet.
I really mulled over all the inspiration for how to embellish this dress for a long time. I trawled through all the pictures on my pinterest boards, I read every comment left as advice or encouragement and I talked it over with some people to clear my mind.
I've made the decision that this dress doesn't have to look like it fell off pinterest and onto my body. It doesn't have to be sequinned, jewelled or adorned in any way that doesn't feel natural to me. In fact it doesn't have to be embellished at all.
I chose fabrics that I love. They may be simple and classic but they're fabrics that I couldn't get out of my head once I walked out of the fabric store.
In the end I wrote down three words that had to express what I wanted in this dress.
Classic. Feminine. Romantic.
These are the words that I came up with and they made me realise that the simpler the dress the better. I'm going to let my fabrics speak for themselves and I am relieved.
This picture is proof that my sewing room is the cleanest it's ever been. I even moved my stash to the shelves right beside my sewing table so that my whole experience sewing in there is inspired by fabric. Nothing else.
We've done extensive landscaping and turfing in the backyard to get it ready for the wedding and it calms me to be sewing this dress while overlooking my wedding venue. It allows me to keep everything in perspective.
So there's going to be a big long silence on this blog until the October long weekend. Thank goodness I've got my Spoolettes to hang out with and Frocktails to look forward to. It will keep me sane in the middle of the biggest sewing project of my life.
See you on the other side!