Blood, sweat, and pockets

The draping on Shell’s bodice may look gorgeous, but it came at a price.

Ooops. Ouch.

Well, at least the blood spot is on the selvedge and will be hidden by the seam binding!

Having finished the tricky, glamorous bits I now get to do the fun, easy, just a little-bit quirky and eminently practical bits, namely, pockets!

Yes, Shell’s wedding dress is having pockets.

I think all wedding dresses should have pockets.

Her pockets are made from a layer of the grey silk crepe chiffon over the dotted swiss, so that you only see the silk from the outside of the dress.

Pocket slits with a glimpse of the silk insides

The silk crepe isn’t strong enough to be pockets on its own, that’s why I’ve flat lined them with the dotted swiss.

Dotted swiss pockets outsides and skirt lining

I finished the raw edges on the pockets with blue binding for extra fun and colour.

The bottom of the bodice, and the bound pockets

They are just little pockets, with little hand-sizes slits, but Shell should be able to slip a handkerchief, her vows, and some lip balm in them on the big day – just what every bride needs!

Pockets and ruched bodice

On a side note, if you are in the Wellington area, remember that the Fabrications Textile Expo is on Saturday, and I’ll be there doing a textile ‘Antiques Roadshow’ type event (but no valuations!). Β There will also be lots of other fantastic textile related stalls – so it should be lots of fun!

I still have to decide what to wear – I want to do historical, but need to be comfortable, and able to move all day without knocking over anyone’s stall!


  1. Daniel says

    “I’m in my wedding dress; it doesn’t have pockets. Who has pockets? Have you ever seen a bride with pockets?”

    Well, now we have. πŸ˜‰

      • Daniel says

        Doctor Who – The Runaway Bride – Donna keeps going on and on about how her wedding dress doesn’t have pockets…

        • I think the Runaway Bride may have been the first Dr Who I ever saw. As you can imagine, it didn’t make a lot of sense, especially since I missed the first 15 minutes! Unfortunately, I haven’t seen it since – it’s the one I keep missing.

  2. german seamstresses say “a bloodstain from the seemstres at the weddingdress brings luck to the bride” πŸ™‚

  3. Ooh, I hope you weren’t too injured! I am constantly complaining that pockets are too small or nonexistent on women’s clothing. I guess I should rebel and make my own! I love the idea of pockets in a wedding dress.

    • My mother used to insist that everything I made her had pockets. I thought it was a pain, but now I’m in love. They really are so useful!

  4. SilkSmuggler says

    My costuming teacher also told me its good luck to bleed on a costume. But if you use your own saliva right away, the enzymes will break down the blood stain.

    • I didn’t actually see the stain until a few days later – I pricked myself so many times draping that bodice that I didn’t even notice that I was bleeding πŸ™

      But I like the good luck!

  5. I guess Robe a la francaise is out for Saturday, huh? πŸ˜‰ What about chemise a la reine? Oo oo, or Laurel? Sooo exciting!!

    • The CalR is definitely on the list. The Wellington quilters did just see it though!

      Oooh…Laurel… so pretty…and no undergarments! I’d be worried about how fragile it is though πŸ™

      • I was thinking the seamstress outfit you were wearing to sew the pintucks-o-doom would be appropriate for the event, if not as spectacular as some.

      • Meh, we can patch it! And undergarments aren’t so mandatory for the look πŸ™‚

  6. Elise says

    I wish I had had pockets. So handy–couldn’t agree more. Hope the stick didn’t hurt too much!

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