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Shell’s dress: a very meaningful fascinator

It’s been a while since I have posted about Shell’s wedding dress, but I always meant to tell you about her fascinator. Shell’s fascinator was a combination of need and happy circumstances. First the need: Shell had always planned to make a fascinator to wear, but as the day approached we were all super busy and running out of time. Then the happy circumstances: Shell’s mother had sent lace motifs clipped from her own wedding dress, and satin from her Grandmother’s wedding dress, which we hoped to incorporate into Shell’s dress, but the dress was too far along by the time they arrived. Emily of Ever So Scrumptious had a collection of kereru feathers from her backyard (yes, she got permission from DOC to keep them) that she offered to Shell for her fascinator. Shell’s mother-in-law to be crocheted her a series of flowers for her fascinator and the bridesmaid’s fascinators. And of course, we had the gorgeous embroidered buttons that Madame Ornata had worked. And finally, I found a bluebird feather in my stash. …

Shell by sea

The day before Shell’s wedding (and before the buttons were sewn on) we had a ‘trial run’ of the dress and a photoshoot by the sea.  Well, I say we, but it was supposed to be Sarah’s photoshoot, and my role was to carry the train, but I brought along my camera, just in case. It wasn’t the best photoshoot conditions: very late in the day, rainy, overcast, grey and glaring.  So I used this as an excuse to play “my photography sucks, but LOOK, I have cool filters!  And border thingees!” I may have gotten slightly carried away with that.  Ahem. Check out Sarah’s photos from the shoot, and the grocery trip afterwards, and the princess conversation.

Patterns for a 1911 wedding dress

Want to recreate one of the gorgeous 1911 wedding dresses we have looked at?  Unless you are brave and foolish (e.g. me) you’ll want a pattern.  Here are some that might help: The S&S 1910s tea gown pattern generally receives excellent reviews and is very similar in cut to many of the wedding dresses we’ve seen.  The sleeves appear to be a bit shorter than most examples, but it shouldn’t be too hard to lengthen them or to add lace undersleeves.  You could also lengthen the skirt to form a train if desired.  The one slightly tricky thing will be filling the neckline, as its much too low for a daytime wedding.  The easy way to fix this?  With a guimpe!   (Note to self – do a guimpe tutorial).  This is perfectly historical, as I’ve found quite a few 19teens wedding descriptions that make note of the guimpe, and  there are examples of 1910s wedding dresses that were worn with guimpes for the wedding, and without for evening wear after. Sense & Sensibility also …