In celebration of her first wedding anniversary, here is Emily’s wedding dress!
I’ll only do wedding dresses for very, very special people anymore, and Emily definitely qualifies. Not only is she a dear friend, but she’s the genius who keeps my blog and ScroopPatterns.com running. Emily herself blogs at eversoscrumptious.com, though her blog is on hiatus.
As with all the wedding dresses I’ve made, the end result was a collaboration between the bride’s ideas and my sewing experience.
Our inspiration for the dress was late 1950s & early 1960s cocktail and evening dresses by designers like Balenciaga and Jacques Heim. Emily liked the overall silhouettes, and the lush fabrics used.
Key design points we wanted to incorporate were a fitted bodice with scooped necklines, little cap sleeves, a natural waist, and full bell skirts with lots of swish, and flatter fronts. Plus amazing embroidered fabric. We settled on a slight dropped hem, to take full advantage of the fantastic fabric.
I draped the pattern myself, using my princess-seamed dress block as a starting point. For the overall cut, we balanced the extravagance of the fuller late-50s skirts with a shorter, more practical hemline, perfect for an outdoor wedding, and for looking extremely glam on other occasions.
And on the day she wore added net petticoats for maximum floofiness:
Emily’s wedding was absolutely lovely: New Zealand springtime at its best…and then worst.
Flowers bloomed, tui sang in kowhai trees, and the earth literally moved as the bride and groom said their vows. Luckily just a little tremor, enough to be felt, but not to be alarming!
The weather report said ‘chance of scattered showers’. New Zealand weather predictors are usually notoriously pessimistic. Not this time! Just as we all moved indoors for the reception it began to pour, and it didn’t stop. Mr D & I were the last little car to make it out of the parking lot without the assistance of a tow or push.
The beautiful photographs above are by Ngahuia Riri of D-Pix Photography. Most were taken at an after-wedding shoot, since the weather made it hard to get dress photographs on the day.
I tried not to be girl-behind-the-camera at the wedding, but I did get this one on the day:
Thank you Emily for trusting me to make your wedding dress, and for all your help with my technical issues!