Update From Project Wedding Dress

Update from the wedding dress front: I just finished standing for an hour while my sister wielded sharp pins in front of my face and threatened that So Help Her God, if I didn’t stop wiggling, she’d pin the muslin TO me. Good thing I can make crazy faces and hum silly songs without wiggling. Well, good thing for me.

Of course making a wedding dress is nothing like the making a wedding dress fantasy, where we all hold hands and hum, and create something so magical that the birds burst into song. It’s a lot more about making something and then realizing you did it wrong and need to fix it, worrying that you are really making the worlds most boring dress and what were you even thinking, and trying to not be too cross with each other. But on we go. And on Christmas Eve no less. When I get back to San Francisco I’ll have more photos and stories, but until then, I was hoping everyone could think really happy thoughts in our direction at once. It’s quite nerve wracking, making a wedding dress from scratch, and we can use all the help we can get.


(Thank you.)

Now, go fix yourself some eggnog (if you celebrate Christmas) or a big glass of scotch (if you don’t), get yourself a cookie, and go back to relaxing. From Chez Practical to you, wishes for the very merriest of holidays!

Picture: This Oscar De La Renta dress is one of my perennial short wedding dress favorites

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  • Yikes, it sounds like my theater costume-making days; more fun when it’s over!

    But it’s really great you have so much help from loved ones.

    It seems to be wedding dress day because I got mine today!

    Good luck with the rest of the journey!


  • Sending all my best custom-dress luck your way!

    happy whatever!

  • Happy Christmas, Meg, have a good one.

    And enjoy the times with your sister. There was some battling between me and no.2 in the run up to the wedding, but in the end I was just so grateful and proud of everything she did.

  • Good thoughts and good thoughts and good and peaceful happy thoughts your way. (I even wiggled my fingers magically). It will be lovely, Meg.

    Merry! Merry! xoxo

  • Yes, it does get a bit like that. But you forget it all when it’s finished and you are standing in front of the mirror thinking “I made this”.

    It will look amazingly beautiful. All the more so because of all the effort and love that is being poured into it.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Sending warm thoughts your way. I especially adore that Oscar de la Renta dress photo! Thanks for sharing. Love the short dress trend!


  • Ellie

    I’m so excited that you are making your dress! It will be beautiful, and on your wedding day it will be so nice to stand in the dress and think of all of the memories it evokes, good and bad, of spending time with your family. When its over, please make sure to make a post fully chronicling the process, for fellow wannabee wedding dress sewers, including patternfinding/drafting, fabric shopping, fabric cutting, etc. It sounds like you are doing a muslin mock-up? I want to know everything!!

  • One Love Photo

    What a great post, thanks for the smile. I am certain it will all turn out quite lovely of course! (and if not…..you’ve got time).

  • Anonymous

    You are such a radiently beautiful soul that you will look magnificient on your wedding day no matter what – and especially so in a dress made by the hands of the women you love.

  • I’m sending all the best vibes for a fun and beautiful outcome. You’re so brave and ambitious! I’m sure it will be perfect and just what you imagined. Have fun and Happy Christmas and have a safe New Year celebration!

  • I too can hum songs and kinda not wiggle :)

    I’m so impressed you are making your dress… can’t wait to hear/see the end product! :)


  • You rock. Just thought you should know.

  • very beautiful wedding dress, I like it.