Why I'm thinking about making my own wedding dress...

It's been a while hasn't it - I've been busy with kids and work and general life, so I've not posted in ages, but if you follow me on Facebook or Insta you'll know I've been pottering around doing bits and pieces. 

First things first - I HAVEN'T STOPPED MAKING QUILTS - I've just put them to one side for a little while. Once you've been doing something for a while you sometimes need a break, and that's where I'm at right now. 

The other thing is that - I'VE STARTED MAKING CLOTHES - how did this happen? It's hard to believe, that the woman who was most afraid of zips and pleats and straight lines is now trying her hand at dressmaking, but it's true. 

Ella Top from Indiesew, by Liola Designs https://indiesew.com/products/liola-patterns-ella-top

Ella Top from Indiesew, by Liola Designs https://indiesew.com/products/liola-patterns-ella-top

So, what happened was I got engaged (it was lovely, he got down on one knee and everything) and I started thinking about wedding dresses.

Wedding dresses have always been expensive, but I didn't realise just how expensive until I started looking. When everything I liked the look of was over $2k (and that was at the cheap end of the shop) I started feeling a little bit green. 

But the thing is that I know how much work goes into them. Especially the ones made by hand, in small local boutiques, designed individually for brides to bring their dreams to life. And when you think about it, $2k for all those hours and all that premium fabric is not really a lot of money.

I really admire anyone with the patience and skill to make incredible gowns like these, and supporting local designers (even the bigger Australian ones, like Anna Campbell or Karen Willis Holmes) is something I definitely recommend. And... there's a good chance I'll end up posting a heap of photos of me in bliss searching for a $2k dress when the wedding gets a bit closer, but in the meantime, I'd like to see if I can have a go myself.

I love fabric, and textiles, but I know enough to know that I don't know much about dressmaking.

That's why I'm starting from scratch - over the last couple of weeks I've been on a ridiculous learning curve, and I've made tops, dresses and skirts (including some pretty kickass Avengers skirts for the girls) and my office has undergone a bit of a transformation. 

Shiny new Bernina 700D Overlocker next to my beautiful Bernina 720

Shiny new Bernina 700D Overlocker next to my beautiful Bernina 720

I've picked up an overlocker, and did a quick intro class with a lovely lady here in Cairns called Robyn - she's amazing and very patient (which was lucky cos I went through a few moments of wanting to throw the damn thing out the window).

And... I picked up a dressmakers' mannequin from Gumtree!

The view from my shiny new overlocker through the office/studio/workroom with my not-quite-as-shiny-but-still-pretty-flash mannequin

The view from my shiny new overlocker through the office/studio/workroom with my not-quite-as-shiny-but-still-pretty-flash mannequin

I briefly considered tidying up the office, but I thought you'd prefer the 'authentic' view (which is code for I couldn't be bothered tidying up before taking the pic). 

Next up - Rob bought me Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book yesterday, so I'm absorbing all her juicy hints for putting together patterns and dresses. Yay me :)

Thanks Rob!

Thanks Rob!