- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Hi everyone!! This is my first post! I tend to be lengthy, so please bare with me.
I am a pretty simple girl. I do love elegance, but I don’t really like super fancy fabrics. I am very fond of old fashioned dresses from the 40s or 50s. I found a pattern that we are going to use for our bridesmaids, and my mother will be sewing the dresses. My mother is an excellent seamstress, and has been making dresses for me for many years; since I was a child. The issue is, our taste is so very, very different. I think she is a fan of fancier things more than me. I am the kind of girl that wears a tank top and tee shirt everyday, converse shoes, never wears makeup, hardly wears jewelery and has a wash and go hairstyle. My mom on the other hand, can’t really stand going a day without make-up, and always does her hair. Basically, if anyone popped in at any time, she would be gorgeous and pretty much ready to go out. I can be very simple with styles. *Can* be. Haha.
Anyway, I decided on a pattern….. but now the hard part. The FABRIC! My wedding is going to be a summer wedding, outside. There are trees on the property, a blowing breeze, grass, flowers and hummingbirds. It is quite gorgeous to me. On the property, which is small but quaint, is a old victorian house. It has that sort of old but charming feeling about it. I just love things like that. My wedding dress is a pattern from 1950. It is a strapless one piece dress, which is VERY flattering at the waist and just beautiful. I know that my dress color will be a cream/off white. I wanted the whole dress to be overlayed in lace, but I do not mean the whole 80s, sequened, itchy lace. I mean the lace that more resembles an old fashioned doile. A more open, soft lace, which is a little heavier. Basically, it does not look modern. Maybe it looks even a little rustic to me. It goes well with the victorian house that the wedding will be at. So, for the bridesmaids dresses, I was thinking floral. Maybe it sounds crazy, or bonkers, but I just am drawn to it. I feel that a solid color would be too boring for me. I like things to look interesting, and I am a quirky person (and so is my fiance) so we really loved the idea of floral bridesmaids dresses. I was thinking of a cotton-linen blend, because it will be during the summer, and I dont want them to die! Also, I wanted them to have a dress they can wear again someday, not something they will hang up and never wear again. I would hate for them to pay for something they wont use again. I love my bridesmaids and take them into consideration. They are like my sisters.
Anywho, the fabric I was looking at was mostly cotton. My mother eventually said to me, “You might want to rethink the fabric type, because otherwise you would be way fancier than your bridesmaids.” I hadnt thought of that before at all, and I wasnt even worried about that AT ALL. But now, I am terribly worried about it. She told me to look at other fabrics, even suggesting dupani silk, or tone on tone (I believe that is what it is called) fabrics. I thought about it for awhile, and even looked at fabric in more special occasion sections. I tried picking out ones I liked. But at the end, I looked back at what I had tabbed on my browser and thought, “This is just. not. me.” I exed out all the tabs. Now, I am stuck. Maybe my mother is right. But those fancier fabrics just seem too fancy. This is a summer outside wedding with a old, shabby, somewhat country-ish theme. These fabrics just seem a bit too much for me. Plus, the girls I know would not wear the dresses again if they were made out of too fancy a fabric. They enjoy simplier styles as well, and so does my fiance. I come on here to get your guys opinions, because now I am worried that what I am thinking is wrong. I love my mother, but I often get afraid to tell her how I feel because then she will respond with, “Fine, I just wont give you any of my opinions and not tell you anything about how I feel about it.” It just adds so much stress to my already tiring planning. Even my fiance is worried about how much she is stressing me out and want to speak to my mother. Lol.
This is the bridesmaids pattern:
Probably will be a little shorter and not as poofy 🙂 I was thinking of a fabric like this:
Which I know might look really, as mom says, plain, or too not fancy. But I think in that type of dresses with such sharp pleats, it will look great.
Here is the kind of lace I was talking about:
I couldnt find the picture of the pattern for the wedding dress to show you at the time. But it is strapless. Anyway, I think with that pattern for the bridesmaids, with the fabric, and they will be wearing pearl jewelry that it will all fit together somehow. In an old fasioned, quirky, shabby type way.
What do you guys think? Can you picture it? Or is this just a terrible idea? :/ By the way, the men will be wearing tan suits.
Thanks for your input.