When I decided to go the custom-design route with my wedding dress I knew I was taking a risk. I had worked with the designer Jose Braulio before and knew his creative process included doing the work a couple of weeks out from the event. This means I won’t be able to see Isabel (my wedding dress) until a few days before the wedding.
My custom designed dress, Isabel / Inspired by Tara Keely#TK2210
Fortunately I’ll get to see bits and pieces before, like at my first fitting this past weekend (just two weeks shy of the big day). He made a muslin mock-up of the short dress to make sure of the measurements, and it fit like a glove. I fell in love all over again with the dress design, confirming that a convertible dress was definitely the perfect decision for me.
I’m really anxious about not having my dress done yet so he “semi-jacked me up” by laying the lace over the bodice and wrapping the uncut lining fabric around my bottom, tying it up with a random piece of blue cloth. It might be silly, but I felt much better after seeing myself wearing something that resembles a wedding dress made out of my fabric; it helped me visualize what the final product would look like. I just have to squint my eyes and imagine that the lace is sewn in a sweetheart shape over the bust, that the blue sash is really white, and that various layers of tulle cover the lining fabric.
Another great thing happened at the fitting: I realized that the bottom edge of the lace fabric would make an awesome headband. Jose Braulio happily cut off a piece for me to DIY into a headband. I will be sewing some ribbon to the ends and maybe adding a few crystals here and there to make a matching headband, finally checking off hair accessories from my to-do list.
How did your first fitting go?