My Sister’s Wedding Dress for Late August

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Can it get any roman­tic than this?

My sis­ter moved to Italy sev­eral years ago. Of course, she fell in love in the Eter­nal City (of love) and about a month ago became all at once engaged!
But there is no love like fam­ily love, so she came back to cel­e­brate her wed­ding. Rome is beau­ti­ful, but there’s noth­ing more joy­ful than a din­ner with the whole fam­ily, nor any­thing more roman­tic than spend­ing the day with your new hus­band (new brother!) in the place where you grew up.
Rome Italy Katie and Colin
So…the wed­ding is August 25, less than a month away. She is back in the States plan­ning the affair. Pri­or­ity? What to wear! Even though she wants just a small, inti­mate fam­ily Mass and cer­e­mony, the dress must be wor­thy of the occa­sion. After all, you only choose one man to love, for­ever! And there is noth­ing more excit­ing than see­ing his face when you walk in wearing…okay, I’ll stop!
Long Silk and Lace Wedding Dress
In less than a month, and on a lim­ited bud­get, I’m mak­ing not only the bride’s dress, but the Mother-of-the-Bride’s   dress and my own as well. One trip north to a tex­tile out­let was all we needed to find the per­fect fab­ric. With­out the fab­ric in hand there is sim­ply no way to cre­ate a dress, no over­all vision of the art of dress­ing some­one. We had only an idea––simple ele­gance and a good line. After com­ing across a gor­geous ivory silk charmeuse and lace and silk taffeta, we lit­er­ally saw the dress right in front of us laid out on the draft­ing table (or at least, I did). In the end, with an unex­pected break with the norm, we decided to cre­ate a two-peice set. The silk falls so nicely it was hard to resist the high-waisted skirt with godet and a clas­sic silk cap-sleeved top.
In my head it’s sim­ply stun­ning! Stay tuned for more pho­tos as this wed­ding dream slowly becomes a reality…

I will be cre­at­ing my sister’s gown, my brides­maid dress, mother of the bride dress, and (pos­si­bly) father of the bride suit.

She wants a dress that is sim­ple– yet classy & ele­gant at the same time.

We just bought the fab­ric! It will be con­sist of: Ivory Silk Charmeuse, Lace and Silk Taffeta.

Working on a wedding Dress

Here are a few pho­tos of the first mock-up fit­ting. I will post more pho­tos later!

Long Silk and Lace Wedding Dress

Mak­ing adjust­ments to the mock-up

Long Silk and Lace Wedding Dress

Back zip­per is basted in the mock-up

Long Silk and Lace Wedding Dress

Back godet in skirt





Long Silk and Lace Wedding Dress

Goof­ing around with Mikey in the mock-up

Long Silk and Lace Wedding Dress

Long Silk and Lace Wedding Dress

7 Thoughts on “My Sister’s Wedding Dress for Late August

  1. Wow! It looks absolutely per­fect for the occa­sion. Well done you. Can­not wait to see the fin­ished dress(es) :)

    Knit­tyNora xx

  2. curiouskitt on 07/30/2013 at 00:18 said:

    Is the mock-up out of muslin? Would love to see it as a night­gown when the final dress is made!!!! It is too pretty not to be used.…… I envy your tal­ent, I’m intim­i­dated my the fab­ric you’ve cho­sen never mind cre­at­ing a wed­ding gown! Can’t wait to see the wed­ding pictures!

    • Yes bot­tom mock-up is made out of a thicker muslin…the final silk will be more drapey!
      The top is actu­ally a silk top I made, but it won’t be the final top. We will use a very “buttery-like” silk charmeuse for the top!
      Thanks and I hope it turns out the way we envi­sion it!

  3. I love the idea of a two-piece set! It looks like it will be just gorgous.

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