Ok, ok ATTENDING a wedding dress (Mum, don’t get too disappointed!).
Recently I had the massive fortune of being invited down to lovely Crafty Fox Katy‘s wedding in Mexico – she really had to twist my arm, I tell ya. I headed on down with a contingent of Crafty Foxes – Laney, Carrie and dear blogless Sarah – and of course, being the sewists that we are, a lot of me-mades were on display.
I had a little bit of a panic about what to wear – I knew it would be boiling hot and the ceremony was on a beach, so everything I already had just seemed too heavy, or sombre, or not Mexican-wedding-enough ( you know the feeling, I’m sure). So, luck would have it that I was in NYC for the bachelorette party the week before and oops! Found myself in Mood. And immediately saw this amazing silk. And that was that.
My third True Bias Southport dress! Cue the Beyonce wind machine!
I made a few alterations to the pattern – I eliminated the front button placket (just cut on the fold.. easy peasy!), used my already-FBA-ed bodice, added 2 inches to the front center as it was pulling up in previous versions, and moved the front slit to be two side slits so that I didn’t have to do pattern matching. As the silk was a little opaque I also lined it with cream crepe de chine to make the colours pop. This let me have a lovely clean neckline finish, and I used more cream bias to finish the sleeves. For the skirt, I made a thigh-length under skirt out of the crepe, so that it doesn’t show through the slits.
I LOVES IT SO MUCH I WANT TO WEAR IT ALL THE TIME. (Also, I think I need a turquoise wall, because they’re excellent. I think now I know the secret to Tilly’s success!)
Amazing hair entirely thanks to Carrie – I haven’t had “long” hair since I was about 19 and hence have absolutely no idea what to do with it. I’ll be honest, I still have no idea as Carrie sneakily did this on the top of my head where I couldn’t see. One day I’ll learn….
And of course, we were a veritable rainbow butterfly as a Crafty Fox team on tour:
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on endless cocktails, swimming with cenote laser sharks, and nights on our balcony gossiping in the breeze. Katy, we’ve decided to join you in celebrating your vow renewals next year – same time, same place?
What patterns do you favour for weddings? I feel like By Hand London has a veritable stable of them, but I’m sure there are tons of great ones.