Friday, October 8, 2010

tiny sneak peek of a big project


The scrap you can see above is from the lace I used for my wedding dress. We are getting married next Saturday and after giving it a considerable amount of thought, I decided to make my dress myself.

When we got engaged, a lot of people asked me if I was going to sew my own dress since I was training to become a dressmaker. My first reaction was that I wouldn't. I felt that it would be too much pressure. Me being a perfectionist in these things and all the other things that have to be organized for a wedding seemed to speak strongly against it. Also, there's the superstition in Finland that it's bad luck to make your own wedding dress. (I'm sure, though, that this originates from a clever marketing ruse of dressmakers and tailors of yore. Also, I'm not Finnish.) But then ...

... I saw a picture in a Burda magazine from the library. And got to thinking about how hard it would be to find a similar dress off the rack and how comparatively easy it would be for me to make it. And how little enthusiasm I had for scouting around various bridal wear shops in Helsinki without ever finding anything that I would like as much as the dress in the magazine.

So, I decided to make it myself after all. It's finished now and I'm (after one minor crisis) happy with the outcome. My good friend from school helped me with the fitting and gave design support when I wasn't sure about what to do. I'm glad I didn't have to make all the decisions on my own, but had someone to support me. As I'm trying to keep the dress a surprise for J, I won't show you a picture, yet. My friend said, the dress really looks like "me" and I feel comfortable in it (as opposed to "in disguise"), so I think that's a major point of success!

I'm already in Germany to get some last preparations on the way. Please cross all your fingers and toes for us! I'm already having nightmares of there being no food and such ... :-o ;-)