Sara approached me and said something like- I want a corset, and then I'm thinking like a steampunk gypsy layered skirt, in peacock colors. When I stopped wide eyed drooling, I told her- Yes. I can do that.
Sara and James had a spectacular October wedding at Fort Worden I was honored to play my part by making her beautifully inspired dress. The design became a lovely combination of Sara's ideas and inspiration, and my own personal flair. We worked very hard together to pick out her fabrics, bounce ideas off each other, and fit in all her fittings in only two short months.
The skirt was made in three different parts so that they could be used separately. We we going for a raggedy gypsy like skirt on the bottom, and a cleaner, more Victorian skirt on the top that would match with the corset. I crammed in as much layers of poof as I could without giving her a walking tripping hazard.
I had so much fun working on this fantastic dress for this fantastic bride. I couldn't have been happier with it, and she looked absolutely perfect.
We worked hard to get the corset design just right. As with any corset wearing bride, she wanted to be supported yet comfortable, have sleeves but still see the tattoo, and the ultimate challenge of being able to sit down comfortably.
It was a combined effort between the two of us to hunt down and select the perfect fabrics. We were going for peacock colors, but also didn't want it to be too bright or look like a Halloween costume. Sara was very drawn to the dark blues and the more earthy fall tones. I didn't even realize at the time how perfect these choices would look with the October backdrop of her wedding venue.
Beyond making the dress, I also made my crown, veil cape, garter, and my bouquet. I was delighted to work with fellow artists to complete my outfit with custom boots and jewelry.
As a dress maker, I couldn't resist the chance to make my dream wedding dress. I spend months planning and researching. I wanted to make a sophisticated dress, while still indulging all of my little fantasies.
I put a lot of details into this dress, and did a lot by hand. I made all the flowers that I used. The lace and applique came from a donated 1980s wedding dress which I tea dyed to match the blush tone of my dress. To create the full, lush texture of my gown, I used over 50 yards total of tulle and chiffon.
I used the skirt from my grandmother's wedding dress to make the petticoat for my gown. It felt like a great way to incorporate her dress into mine while still keeping my dress the color that I wanted.
After months of dedicated work, I finally felt like I had the dress of my dreams, worthy of the fairytale wedding to my epic partner.