Post # 1
Went for my “toile” fitting at today… totally not how I was expecting it to be but hey, it was fun! I think my surprise was that I thought for some reason that it was going to be calico, but the material was a lot stiffer, more like canvas (scratchy!). Not the most comfortable thing to be pinned into but seeing how it took shape from the rather nondescript thing the dressmaker started with to the finished work of art (well, I think it’s a work of art!) was awesome. Then she brought in the dressmaker who will actually make my dress and the two of them fiddled further, and we played with the way they’ll place the lace for the cap sleeves they’re adding. All of a sudden, it just started to feel real! And now i can’t wait til my next fitting in February, when I get to try on my dress almost completely finished. I’m short and busty and I just know the proportions of the sample I tried on won’t be anything like the finished dress so I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished 🙂 Both of the girls made me feel totally special and helped to make it all just that bit more exciting.
The made to measure process has been so much fun! Excuse the black bra, I won’t have to wear one when the dress is made and i just didn’t realise I’d need to today!
If any Australian brides are curious about where my dress is being made here’s a link with the story of my dress-choosing process. I’m avoiding posting the name here to avoid the GoogleBot, but I HIGHLY recommend them, even if you’re out of state. Their service is second to none http://www.polkadotbride.com/2013/06/i-said-yes-to-a-dress/
Post # 3
Um… bump? Am I allowed to do that? lol! *shameless*
Post # 4
@goingtotherooftopoflove: Oh, cool! It’s nice to see someone’s doing something like this. I’m going to eventually (I’m not engaged yet) make my own dress, since I’m a seamstress. I’ll be making a toile and futzing with it, endlessly I’m sure. . .
The lace that you’ve chosen for the shoulder pieces is really, really pretty!
Post # 5
@Creiddylad: Thanks 🙂 Honestly, it was such a fun experience! I mean, every bride-to-be likes to be fussed over, right? as someone with absolutely no dress making background, it was quite fascinating.
I absolutely love the lace too, it’s actually the same lace as the overlay for my entire dress! It’s super fine and intricate and unlike a couple of their dresses I tried with corded lace, it wasn’t making me scratchy.
The wonderful thing about M. H. is they make all their dresses on site, in a heritage listed former warehouse they’ve had converted. It’s wonderful to support a local business that’s been around for 30 years and still going strong. That’s my dressmaker with the red hair! lol
I’m kind of obsessed with them now, the whole process and their building is so cool. They really go the extra mile to make it a special experience.
(Upstairs – the fitting rooms for made to measure appointments and their workroom)
Downstairs – the boutique
Post # 6
@goingtotherooftopoflove: Wow, they really do have a beautifully done-up, but functional space. I’m envious of the dressmaker. 🙂 I did that for a short while, but for a crazy designer lady who was just starting up in the upstairs of her husband’s auto shop garage. That was a mess, and I have other career aspirations now, but I still kind of wish I could make wedding gowns for a living. I guess I have to stick to my own!
I wish I could get my hands on some lace kind of like what you are having your dress made with– it’s really hard to find fabric like that!