Monday, June 1, 2009

The Dress

Now that I'm done with school, I have a bit more time to focus on wedding stuff! I've completed the card box, tackled the Save the Dates, and started on the favors, but I've been neglecting one major project...the dress!

The Background Info
Now, let me tell you, I love fashion! Since I was little, I've been sketching dresses, shoes, skirts, tops, you name it! I'm honestly a little surprised I never went into fashion design, but I always tell myself that I'll pursue fashion design once I become a famous construction manager. :)

I'm also the type of person who knows EXACTLY what she wants! This can be a blessing and a curse, depending on the situation. I can't tell you how many times I've gone shopping with a specific item in mind and had to go home empty-handed because my criteria was too strict! On the rare occasion do I actually find exactly what I've been looking for (like my wedding shoe find!). However, I knew this wouldn't be the case with the dress...

Align LeftSo, with all of that in mind, I decided I was going to make my own wedding dress! I scoured the internet for inspiration, ranging from designer duds on to simply chic dresses from j.crew. It wasn't until I thought back to my favorite dress from Project Runway Season 5 Finale by designer Kenley Collins that I knew how I wanted my dress to look:

Ok, so my skirt won't be quite as large and the top won't have a geometric pattern to it, but the sweetheart neckline, poofy skirt, and layers of tulle are right up my alley! I'm still a little nervous to even begin the skirt, but I have nearly completed the top...
Ignore the belt - I wanted to show some waist definition (plus, I used it to mark where the waistband above the skirt is going to be).

Unfortunately, the picture above doesn't show the fabulous fabrics, so here they are, up close and personal!
Off-White Silk Dupioni

Off-White Tulle

I've received mixed responses when showing the Project Runway inspiration picture to family and friends, but I'm confident I can, in the words of Project Runway's Tim Gunn, make it work!



Kristal said...

I too am the type of person who knows exactly what I want and don't want when it comes to everything! And I agree that it can be a huge blessing and a big fat curse! However, I always find it rewarding in the long run after waiting a long time to find the perfect item when I'm not even looking for it.

A said...

I also know exactly what I want most of the time (except with the wedding dress, where I was fantastically indecisive for months)... but I lack the skill to make it myself! I can't wait to see how your dress turns out!

Anonymous said...

Making a wedding dress is such a huge undertaking! Wow! I think it's a great idea to have your own unique wedding dress. It looks great so far! Is it taking up much time?

Anonymous said...

Every dress in my mother's wedding she made - except the wedding dress. My Nana made that because it's bad luck to put a stitch on your own wedding dress!
Anyways, I am sure you're getting mixed responses because 1) BLACK and people can't get past the color they see and 2)No one wears an outfit the way it is on the runway. So they see black and funny looking model.

It's going to look good!