As much as I love the design of Shell’s dress, and all I have put into it, the most special touch, and the one that takes it from a gorgeous dress, to a spectacular, absolutely one-of-a-kind gown, isn’t my work.
It was my idea though.
Madame Ornata is a mutual friend of Shell’s and mine, and was very involved with the wedding. She’s an incredibly talented seamstress and a truly gifted embroiderer, but was very busy in the run-up to the wedding, and with such a short timeframe it wasn’t practical for her to be part of the dressmaking, and the simple silhouette didn’t suit embroidered embellishments.
When native birds became the loose theme for the wedding, I had a brainstorm. Maybe Madame O would be willing to embroider simple little bird motifs on the buttons up the back of the dress!
Now the buttons are very small – 9/16″ – so I really thought that if she could do anything more elaborate than the little double curves that kids draw to represent birds in the sky it would be really impressive.
Yeah. Prepare to have your socks knocked off.
These are what she did:
Perfect representations of New Zealand native birds, all worked in just over half an inch of fabric!
Here are some of the birds she did:
And finally, of course:
Aren’t they gorgeous? Aren’t they adorable? Isn’t Madame O amazing?!?
The best part of these is that Richard, Shell’s fiancee, got very interested and involved in them. I think he may love Shell’s dress even more than she does!
I’ll show you a bit more of the buttons when I blog about the dress fastening in a few days.