Over the last few days, the reality of making my own wedding dress is really starting to sink in. I had my first dress-making lesson at The Stitch Academy and yesterday I tried on some off the peg dresses for the first time.
My lesson went REALLY well. I am pretty proficient with a sewing machine when it comes to making my monsters, but have come to realise that when it comes to the technical ins and outs of sewing, really I am a bit of a dunce. To attempt a wedding dress without learning the correct ways to do things would, no doubt, be a recipe for failure. Even just in one lesson I learned so much about the basics of sewing properly, and am confident that with more lessons I can tackle The Dress and make a cracking job of it.
To continue the excitement of all that, my mum and Mr Monster’s mum came down to visit yesterday with the express purpose of trying on some off the peg dresses to get an idea of what suits me and what style I should be aiming for. We had a really lovely day, topped of with a nice lunch and a trip to the reception venue to have a scout round.
When it comes to dresses, it was a really valuable experience trying a few on, and the lessons I gleaned from the experience were threefold. I wanted to keep an open mind despite having some clear ideas on what I would like to spend the day in, so was happy to try anything on. I started with this little number which fits the bill of the shape I had in mind:
After being adamant that I didn’t want a meringue, I was NEARLY swayed by this diaphanous beauty:
I wafted around in this one for a while, pretending to be the princess that I secretly am, and did not want to take it off. I even got back into it for another waft about before I said goodbye to it. If I was having a different type of wedding (and the good fortune of a sizable lottery win) this would be the one. What I learned from this dress was, that I love a bit of bling. It was heavily beaded and embellished with lace and sequins which previously I would have dismissed as tacky, but done well, it looked divine.
My third and final lesson of the day was learned from this one:
So all in all, a productive day.