Snaffles Mummy tagged me in the wedding dress meme a couple of weeks ago, I have had to wait until today before I could write this post – the reason will become clear soon!
Whenever I used to have trouble sleeping I would lie in bed an imagine what my wedding dress would be like if I ever got married. It would work like a charm and I would drift off lost in the details of the width of the skirt, the neckline, the material, the details.
When Mr C proposed I went wedding dress shopping with a friend and tried some on. It is amazing actually, I found that things I thought I wanted I didn’t like and what I thought would never suit me when on made me feel like a princess! I found some that I liked and went off to think about it all and look around.
Then my amazing friend Girlie #1 offered to make my dress. She has worked for Glynebourne and teh English National Opera making costumes and now works on films but she had never made a wedding dress before. First we went dress shopping and I tried on dresses like I was thinking of buying and she asked lots of questions about the dresses and how they were made. I have memories of her having he head stuck up my skirt looking at linings! Then she went away and sent me dress designs. They are beautiful and I have them all saved. This is one of the drafts of my final dress, before we made some final changes. I wish I was that willowy and elegant!
After fabric choices and fittings and calico pretend dresses and poor old Girlie #1 being driven mad by a dress it was finished. It was my dream dress, but the best part was that not only was it made just for me, it was made by someone who loved me and Mr C and was part of our day.
So, the dress:
The flowers on the front corsage and scattered all over the skirt were individually hand made and had wire in them so that they stood up. They were my favourite part.
It was a wonderful dress.
It had sat at the top of my wardrobe, unwashed and unloved for 15 months and every now and then I would worry about what to do. Cleaning it seemed too expensive (it was filthy and someone had spilt half a glass of rose wine down the front). It had been made for me so selling it would be difficult as it wasn’t a particular size.
So, in the end I decided to have this done:
The bears arrived in the post today. I was so excited and I love them, and how smiley they are! The bear on the left is for Girlie #1 as a memento, and to say thank you again. The one on the right is mine, complete with the button on his paw which hooked my train up, and the four leaf clover and penguin charm (something blue) that were sewn into my petticoats.
There were made by Abby from Bubs Bears. She makes these bears as keepsakes, from wedding dresses and baby clothes too. I may have to start a little family! Abby has blogged about my Wedding Dress bears too, and there are some great pictures.
So, I know most of you will think I am crazy but I have kept all of the flowers from the dress that are not on the bears and I will store them and hopefully one day I will have a daughter and maybe she will use them in her wedding outfit if she wants. If not, I am sure I will find a use for them one day.
I tag Mellow Mummy and anyone else that is married and wants to show off their dress. Go on, we love a good frock.