Congrats to Me! (and the Hubby ;) )

Heeeeeey blogosphere,

So it's been a couple weeks again, but this time I have a legitimate excuse, I got married on Saturday! Whoop whoop!  If your mind works at all like mine does, I'm sure you're curious to know whether or not I made my dress.  Well yes and no.  Originally I was going to do the whole she-bang and then I realized that A.  That's a lot of pressure and B. I could make a sh*t ton of casual clothes in the time it would take me to make a proper wedding gown.  So for our ceremonial wedding on Sat I went to your typical wedding dress warehouse and picked out a lovely, but affordable (for a wedding dress) number, and it was great.  Long, lacy, white, you know... a wedding dress.  I got lots of compliments, so I felt great about the choice.

A couple weeks ago though, right after I finished the plaid dress, it was irking me that I wasn't going to tie the knot in a hand made dress, so I decided to make one for the court.  (Saturday was the big ceremonial wedding, with all our friends and fam, but our officiant wasn't quite official, so we still had to go to the city clerk this morning. It was kind fun though because we live in NYC and there was just something awesome about getting married in such a historic building). Anyways, enough about all that, here's a pic of my court wedding dress:
Since it was a special occasion and all I decided to go 'all out' and use a gift certificate I had been hoarding for none other than the infamous Mood.  It's 4-ply, rag and bone silk, labeled beige, but it's really more of a faint peach in person.  Either way at $25 a yard it was the most expensive fabric I have ever purchased.  On that note, this dress started out as the V-neck #5 dress from drape drape  (see my trifecta dress for reference), but the fabric had waaay too much body for all the tiny pleats in that pattern and having literally used all my expensive fabric to cut out the very large pattern pieces I had to re work the skirt into something more flattering.  That's now I happened upon this soft tulip shape, with a ... wait for it.... bustle back!

Tell me that's not gorg.  I can be somewhat self critical with my sewing (more so in person), but I really think this back came out almost perfect.  Especially given I had practically sewn the whole thing up as a 75% different dress and had to take the skirt off and completely re-work it (which involved more cutting, eek!) on my dress form.  I was super nervous people.  Plus I had a very set-in-stone deadline I was working under.  Either way it worked out, but I have one more surprise for you on this dress.  It's convertible for two looks! Bustled (with two buttons, and two thread loops (hello new sewing technique and thank you Meghan Nielsen for posting this tutorial like 2 weeks ago)) for a more cocktail look, or un-bustled for a high/low flowy look:
When coming back from the clerk's office I un-bustled it and it felt great catching the wind as I walked.  A view of the un-bustled back from the back:
Anyways, that's the dress, I hope you like it.  With that said I will leave you with a shot from this morning at the court house steps (next door to where we tied the knot):

*Please avert your eyes from my totally bruised legs, we went on a pre-wedding climbing trip in the gunks last week...It was totally worth the bruised shins, the rock was awesome!


  1. It is beautiful! You look perfect in this and I really like the two designs bustled and un. I think the free flowing is my favorite because, well, flowing! You are going to have great memories of this time and your special dress. I think the sewing is excellent.

  2. Thank you Ann! Yes, I was glad to be able to work this into my blog, so it will be here to look back on in the future :o).

  3. Congratulations!!
    I think the dress looks great both ways!


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