Whew! Where do I begin? I was honored to be a guest at the wedding of Mimi G and Norris Ford last Saturday. It was breathtakingly beautiful. That’s not a phrase I’m throwing around. Seriously, there were so many moments during both the ceremony and reception that took my breath away.
It was a private ceremony, which made it all the more special. The intimacy and serene atmosphere were just too incredible for words. You had to be in attendance to even begin to understand just how amazing it was. No explanation will do it justice, so I won’t even try.
However, I will to share the best highlight of the evening. Norris blew us away! This man learned Spanish so that he could speak his vows to his bride in Spanish. Now, I forgot to put tissues or a handkerchief in my purse. Fortunately Tiffany’s husband came prepared and handed tissues to all the sew sisters sitting near him. OoooWeee! I had to fight to keep it together. No ugly crying at the wedding. Hahaha! Light sniffles and eye dabbing were the limit.
Of course, the sew sisters went FIERCE on their dresses. I mean, it’s the Mimi G & Norris wedding, so you NEED to show up ON POINT!!! Hahaha!!! Everyone was absolutely stunning. What a joy it was to hang out with these very talented ladies.We had such a blast, laughing and dancing the night away. The fellas showed up SHARP too!
As the BIG DAY neared, I started planning for my dress. I began much later than I had planned and found myself in a situation. After finishing the first dress I made for the wedding, I decided a few days later that I didn’t want to wear it. I changed my mind. Whyyyy???!!! Why do I do these things to myself.
I quickly pulled Simplicity 8330, ran to Joann’s for fabric and I was off to the race. It was 5 days before the wedding. Who DOES THAT?!!! I was confident I could pull it off because I chose a simple pattern that I had already sewn before. I’m very slow with my sewing, but no big deal! I’ve GOT THIS!!!
Well, well, well! Your girl chose a Stretch Panne Velour Fabric. Okay, no problem, right? Not at ALL, until you cut the lower skirt of the dress upside down. I didn’t realize what I had done until I tried on the dress and the bottom half was all dark. It’s a nap fabric and all pieces MUST be cut in the same direction. Noooooo!!! Then, I look for the pattern tissue for that piece when I see something that makes me scream. Half of the pattern tissue is sticking out from under the vacuum. Noooooo!!!
I left the pattern piece on the floor the night before, totally forgetting that I had scheduled the Roomba vacuum to run the next morning. It ate my pattern tissue. It was beyond repair.
I grab the keys, rush to Joann’s, praying the entire time that they still have the fabric (because there wasn’t much left after my purchase). If they don’t have the pattern, I can make another piece.
I’m speed-walking up and down the aisles, clutching my pearls that I’m not wearing, not seeing the fabric. My heart starts pumping. I’m devising Plan B, which was actually Plan A from the start. Just wear the first dress, Anita!!! I can’t find the fabric!!!
I rush to the cutting counter and show the clerk the fabric bolt on my phone (I always take pictures of the bolt ends, just in case I need more fabric.). She looks it up and the inventory shows there’s more in the store. Heavy breathing. She takes me to the aisle and slowly goes through the bolts. Hurry UP girl! Then I spot it! I scream, “There it is!!!” She grabs it. I exhale. Whew!!! Self inflicted drama is the worst.
I finished the final step the morning of the wedding. The dress was a tad bit too short in the back, so I had to cut a band to sew to the bottom of the hem. Fortunately, the fabric looks just fine without a hem. Hahaha!!! I didn’t hem it and the drape is beautiful.
If you like the evening clutch I’m carrying, there’s a tutorial on my YouTube channel for a DIY Clutch.
Note to self: Don’t EVER wait until the last minute to sew for a special event. Next wedding is in August. That dress needs to be ready about three weeks in advance. Hahaha! Hmmm… Maybe I’ll wear the first dress I made for this wedding.
If the top of this dress looks familiar to you, it’s because I made View C, the shorter version, in July of 2017 to wear to our dear friend’s retirement party. For this gown, I used the bodice of View C and the upper and lower skirts for View B. The dress is fully lined and I used a lightweight stretch knit that I picked up from the Michael Levine Loft years ago.
I think this pattern would make a fabulous wedding gown. I’ll share the first dress I made for the wedding next. It’s a really pretty dress and I plan to wear it in the future. I want to make a hat to go with it. We shall see.
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