So I promised many months ago that I would share a few photos of my dress, but have been unable to download the photos until we arrived home last week. So apologies for the delay and a big thanks for all your support as I came to decide that I was not going to make it :).
The dress was handmade by a lovely lovely woman called Francesca DiPasquale and the whole thing is handsewn except the sideseams. She is a craftswoman of depth and skill - and kindness and compassion. She also has a wonderful laugh.
When I initially called her saying that I'd tried to make it and had hated it, she said to me "Of course you did! It's all in the fingers, working with bridal fabrics. Your fingers have to understand what to do". She followed up with some more love and understanding by saying "Well if you are used to working with cottons and linens of course it would be tricky. Silks are so slippery, your fingers would have not had the practice." So much acknowledgement and love in her words, I felt great about handing it over.
All the fabrics are from Tessuti - the silk, the lining and the lace. The women at Tessuti were super helpful and knowledgeable when I was in there totally confused about what I needed. So big thanks and much gratitude for their patience.
And the fella (who had kindly allowed me to use his head in these photos) had his suit made by the super lovely Billy of WoodyRoo. He owns quite a few of Billy's lovely shirts as well - all made in Sydney with a gorgeous Italian style cut and beautiful fabrics.
I hope you enjoy them and thanks for playing along while I figured it out. x