Be forewarned-- this is a long post. It is picture heavy and even a little TMI on my feelings as a new Mother-In-Law. This is a story about building a wedding dress and building new family ties, this is a story of a Mother's Love through the "Eye of the Needle" from behind the sewing machine.
|Sewing on the lacing trim and beading.|
As the Mother of the Groom, of course my duties were far less involved than the MoB. Although, however, the weight of the task I had to execute, the gown, meant more to the success of the wedding than anything else combined. A weighty challenge, and a serious burden to say the least. Dare I make it sound as though I minimize all else that had to be done and orchestrated by the MOB. Quite the contrary, it is my nature to orchestrate events, however, in my new age of self awareness, I have found it far more relaxing to focus only on one task, however involved it may be or no matter the difficulty, one task always works for me. This indeed was the most joyous task or job I have ever been asked to do. To custom make my son's Bride's Wedding Gown!!! A gift to my son as well as to the bride. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!!
Let us, however, take this further-- you see this gift was far more than a wedding gown, it was for a family. The gown is something special all on its own, this one was a gift to the Bride's grandmother as well as to her only Aunt on her Dad's side, who also wore the original dress in its original form. Grandmother's dress was over 50 years old. Antique!!! And the Aunt as lovely and energetic as she is, you would not realize, but is suffering from Stage 4 cancer.
|50+ years old dress desconstructed completely and used in the making of|
and entirely new wedding gown.
|Mother and Son danced to "Momma" by Boys to Men. Emotional!!|
|I think this will be the last time I will come between the two of them.|
|What a lovely bride. She was a dream to look at, and the gown|
was stunning on her!!
In the "sewing cave", other matters had to be discussed and determined. Fabrics and findings had to be explained, timelines had to be laid out, schedules needed to be coordinated. Schedules, yes, schedules, you see this bride was working from another city. So, I had to do more planning then I am normally accustomed to. I went over laces, underlinings, fabrication choices, silk vs polyester, cotton, bustling, buttons, bindings and all manner of materials, and construction supplies. After all we were preparing to "build" a wedding gown.
I will be sharing that and more, through this little box we call a computer, in the coming weeks. So stay tuned and in the meantime, check-in on my Instagram (sewtofit) account for daily updates on other projects.