Bridal: Deep-V Neck Wedding Dress Part 1

When the amazing Caitlin from Enso Theatre Ensemble asked me to make her wedding dress, I couldn't help myself and jumped at the opportunity. I've made bridal wear in the past, but never the The Dress. The. Dress. Luckily, Caitlin asked me last winter, and is not getting married until June of 2018. This gives me plenty of time to get it just right. 

After much discussion I sent Caitlin dress shopping to see what fabrics she liked, which styles fit her figure, and would be easy to wear (her number one requirement). We looked at patterns, went to the fabric store and touched all the things, sketched, took pictures, and finally talked our way around to the final inspiration which Caitlin photoshopped into a single inspiration photo.

 Inspiration

Inspiration

We are going for a deep-v in the front, and an even deeper scoop in the back, satin bodice with possible georgette overlay, flowing georgette circle skirt with 15" train, and a purple lace applique with ribbon waist. 

 Final Sketch

Final Sketch

A few weeks ago, I constructed a moulage for Caitlin, sewed an initial fitting shell and made the changes to make her custom sloper to build the pattern from. Every piece of this dress will be custom made and fitted just for Caitlin! I patterned the bodice and skirt this week, and it's all ready to make a toile and test the fit! After the fitting, any changes will be transferred to the paper pattern, and then we will do a second fit. I'll be posting at every step of the way so you can follow along! 

 Bodice Pattern

Bodice Pattern