Carolyn’s dress: the bodice

Rather than showing you a finished project today (even though I do have quite a few to share), I thought I’d keep you updated with the project that is currently consuming all my time: Carolyn’s wedding dress.

I’ve got the bodice all done (well, except for thousands of beads and piping trim and a corset back), and now I’m working on the skirt.

Mmmm...those curves!

I’m extremely pleased with how the bodice has come out, and I am totally in love with the fabric.

It is the most indescribably gorgeous colour.  It’s white, but it has depth and dimensionality and a subtle, luminous glow.  And the colour name is ‘vintage’.  Swoon!

Pretty, pretty, pretty

It also shows the seaming beautifully, which makes it perfect for this dress, but does mean that I have to be extremely precise with my sewing.

Perfectly precise seaming

I want to buy every bit of the fabric that is left in my stash just to have it.

Now, time for the skirt.

The skirt is time consuming, but pretty easy, and very meditative.  It’s just one strip after the other all the way down.  And then ostrich feathers!

The train will have ostrich feathers

The ostrich feathers have been held up slightly by the earthquake.  I ordered them just before it, and the postal and courier companies are all running slow because the air and transport systems have been prioritised for relief work (as they should be!).  They should be here by next week though.



  1. Carolyn says

    Ohmygosh! Ohmygosh! Ohmygosh!! I’m loving it Leimomi you are doing the most amazing job!! So excited!

    • Awww….thank you sooooo much! I’m glad that you love it! It gets more fabulous every day! And don’t worry, I’ll show you the finished pictures first!

  2. Madame Ornata says

    Amazing! I have seen this in real life and it is even more incredible. Including such fabulosities as; physics-defying shaping, lovely colour, and beautiful work (go Dreamstress). Utterly utterly swoon-worthy

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