I’m almost done telling you about Shell’s dress; I just need to parse out the last few posts so that I can show you finished wedding photos on the very first day I’m allowed to!
That day is the day of Shell’s second wedding. As an American bride and a Kiwi groom, they are having the official wedding here in NZ first, and then a second reception in the States so that family and friends there can be part of it.
As it will be winter, and cold, for the second wedding I made Shell an extra petticoat that can be worn under the dress for another layer of warmth.
It was the perfect thing to make out of that stretch cotton that we bought with all the other wedding dress fabric just because it was so cheap, and the perfect colour.
I cut the petticoat as a restrained version of the dress skirt: two less front panels, two less back panels, and narrower panels all round.
The petticoat is still very sumptuous: I wanted it to be beautiful in its own right if she picks up her skirt.
Finished, it’s so pretty it could almost be worn as a skirt on its own.
It looks like it trails on the ground on Isabelle, but it shouldn’t on Shell, who is fabulously tall.
The invisible zip sits to one side of the centre back panel, so it doesn’t interfere with the back buttons.
I rarely work with stretch fabrics, but sometimes they are so easy. The stretch will allow this skirt to smooth over her hips without any bumps and with a minimal wasteband.
The stretch also meant I could pull out Gemma, my too rarely used overlocker, and thread her with all the greys and pale blues I own to make pretty overlocked seams.
Just as in the skirt, I narrow hemmed the bottom. I’m not sure if I like the lettuce leafing quite as much on this fabric.
And for a final pretty touch, a blue bow at centre front, so she knows which way to put it on!