Among all my other projects, I’ve been working on Polly’s wedding dress, but I couldn’t blog about it because it needed to be a secret until her wedding.
Now that Polly’s all happily married to Mr Polly, and had the loveliest wedding (with swing dancing!) I can show you her gorgeous dress. Yay!
Polly’s dress was such a fun commission to work on.
I love non-traditional brides, and Polly had such a charming, individual, perfectly her vision for her entire wedding. Polly is a seamstress in her own right, and loves vintage textiles. The invitations included pattern pieces (cute!), and she made her bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets out of tea dyed silk flowers, vintage buttons, and old doilies and pieces of antique lace, including some from her mothers wedding dress. Awwwww….
Lucky for Polly, one of her best friends and bridesmaids was noted Wellington hat designer Amy Jansen-Leen, and Amy did Polly’s hair and headpiece, and collaborated with Polly and I on the dress design.
Polly picked the most gorgeous fabrics for her dress, all in shades of pale golds and butterscotch: a dupion silk, illusion tulle, a gold lace, and a fabulous beaded silk crepe chiffon.
The fabrics were all a dream to work with, and Polly was a dream to work with, and so open to all my suggestions about the dress.
I got to have fun and add little ‘seamstress’ touches like appliqueing lace motifs onto the sleeves…
And making a false bolero trimmed with self-fabric piping…
And working the extra beads and pearls from the skirt into the lace overlay on the bodice.
When my part of the dress was finished Amy took the scraps and made gorgeous flower pins to go at the top of the slit in the skirt, and to go in Polly’s hair.
And Polly looked fabulous on her wedding day. But you’ll just have to take my word for that! 😉