So even though I didn’t make it myself, I still wanna talk about my wedding dress!
I originally got in touch with Karissa Kloss, a publishing colleague, about different ways to potentially bind my hand-made wedding invitation books; Karissa did the well-renowned publishing grad program at Emerson, and she used her trusty sewing skills to help bind several of her final book projects. Karissa also does a lot of sewing on the side, and she’s always making cool dresses for herself for special occasions. At the time, I was having difficulty finding a wedding dress that I liked, and, even though the wedding was quickly approaching, I was at the point of considering going to a tailor and having something custom-made. Though I knew that would most likely not fit in my meager budget, so the reality was that I’d just have to get any old dress, even if I wasn’t in love with it. Whatever, I’d get married in jeans if I had to! It’s just that this day was really special, so before giving up, I was searching every nook and cranny for a cool dress I loved.
Well after awhile, a light finally went off in my head: I actually know someone who knows how to make dresses. And I’d so rather give my money to someone I know rather than a stranger! So one night, after chatting about bookbinding and publishing in general for a bit with Karissa, I sheepishly brought up the idea about custom wedding dresses. And if she would ever consider making a dress for someone that’s not her. And if she would happen to be interested in a custom wedding dress commission from me.
I wasn’t expecting a positive reception to the idea, but I figured I’d give it a shot before I resign myself to plan B. But to my pleasant surprise, she entertained the idea! She immediately started thinking of ways to go about making what I had in mind, and, after a few days of heavy thinking, she agreed to make me a dress!
During my grueling wedding dress search, I realized I wanted an ivory dress, with a simple A-line silhouette, and with no train. Also, it turns out I really like lace. Who knew?? (Only sassy-antique-y lace though.) I was new to a project like this, but thankfully Karissa helped me look at different dress patterns and fabric swatches. We ended up going with this dress pattern (we went with the “B” option, and Karissa used her magic to extended the length), and used this beautiful Radiance Cotton/Silk Poplin in Ivory fabric with this gorgeous Scalloped Lace Fabric in Ivory (it was exactly the lace fabric I was hoping for, and it was on sale!!) for the top layer.
Karissa posted details about how she made the dress, you can read all about it here!
Seeing Karissa at work inspired me to pursue a long-time goal of mine to take up sewing. I knew I had to start with something small and relatively simple. I found this pattern on how to make a magnetic wrist pin cushion, and after conferring with my friend Melanie (YES Melanie my knitting and crocheting buddy, who also proofread the Wedding Book Invites and helped me assemble them. Now she is my sewing teacher. She’s amazing!!), we both decided that it would be a good project for me to start out with. Plus it would be a handy thing to have in case I ever start making clothes and stuff.
Melanie has a sewing machine, so we made plans to get together a couple of nights after work and make these. She made one for herself first, so I could see how it’s done. Then I made one for me!
Okay, so the real reason I made a magnetic pin cushion is that I wanted to make Karissa a thank you present! She knew that I didn’t have a lot in my dress budget, but she still agreed to make my dress. I really appreciate all of her hard work, and I wish I had lots of monies so I could give her more. But I totally don’t. But I still wanted to do something nice to show my gratitude. I remember a few times when working on my dress that she dropped some pins and lamented the fact that she didn’t have a magnetic wrist pin cushion. She also mentioned that even though she makes lots of fun gifts for her friends and loved ones, no one really makes her anything because they figure she makes whatever she wants for herself, but she doesn’t because she’s too busy making stuff for other people.
Sewing’s fun! I’m already starting to think about what I’d like to work on for my next project. I hope I get a sewing machine for Christmas!
In case you missed the previous post: Part Two: Close-Up of the Book Invitation
And keep your eyes peeled for the next one: Part Four: DJs on the Dance Floor!