Hello folks I know it's been a while since the last update on the gowns so here it is;
On Monday the bride was here and stayed the whole afternoon with me so I can fit the dress perfectly, and fit it did! Plus I wanted her to decide how she wants the lace placed, it has to be her vision that must be realized not mine, it is the bride's day not the tailors'. Some might argue but I am steadfast in this belief that the bride has the final say in the matter, it's up to the tailor to do the best possible job to make the bride's dream a reality. So she is a very happy camper with the choice of fabrics and how it's all coming together, my task is to shape the lace and sew it on to the bodice.
As anyone who took my lace class in the fall of 2015 and 2014 can attest lace is very forgiving and can be manipulated fairly easily with extraordinary results. This lace is a very beautiful Chantilly lace that will make the gown have a couture finish especially when I'm done with it!
Today I am working on the hem of the mother's dress, remember how I just said that lace is very forgiving, well there exceptions to every rule! This lace is forgiving to work with but with the placement not so much!!! At first glance the pattern on the lace looks fairly random but when working with it I found it is anything but random..... The fact is this lace is so symmetrical that the smallest misstep will create upheaval! When designing one must look for harmony in the garment, there can be no conflict between the fabrics, the lines of the garment, the fit has to maintain and accentuate this harmony. Sounds kind of out there but it's a fact if there is no harmony within the garment the wearer will not feel comfortable without even knowing why.
There is still quite a bit of hand work to finish the garments but no problem most of the work is done.
I am very happy with the outcome of both garments, can't wait for the wedding.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"