I went wedding dress fabric shopping in the spring and summer of 2005.
It was not a good season for bridal fabric. Or even for bridesmaid fabric.
Everything was deadly boring.
I looked, and looked, and looked. I looked in Wellington. I looked online. I looked in San Francisco. I looked in Oakland. I looked in Palo Alto.
New York City was my last resort.
So, when I wasn’t visiting museums and taking photos of flowers*, I scoured the fabric district.
I’d seen a piece of stonewashed silk charmeuse in Oakland, and I was in love with the fabric (not the colour though – it was bright coral). But there was no stonewashed silk to be found, and the only things that I found that I liked even half as much were over $60 a yard – too much to pay.
Finally, digging in a huge pile of rolls in a little tiny designer ends fabric store , I found the holy grain – a roll of palest ivory stonewashed silk charmeuse.
It was a tiny bit thiner and more sheer than I wanted, but otherwise ideal. It was the perfect colour, and had a luminous sheen without being shiny. It was like pearls turned into fabric.
Trying to hide my excitement, I asked how much it was. They said “Oh, that nylon lining – $6 a metre”
And that is how I found the fabric for my wedding dress, and for Mr Dreamy’s wedding shirt.
* Really. 90% of the photos that I took in New York City involve flowers. You would never know I was in the city at all! And these are the only photos I got of me: