Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lilacs in May

There really isn't anything as lovely as lilacs in May, but these dresses, I have to say, come pretty close!

Last winter, with snow still on the ground, I had a very unexpected call from Liz, the friend of a friend, whose daughter, Mary, was to be married in May. She had seen the dresses I had done for Maria's wedding and wondered if I would be available to consult.

I do love sewing for weddings. Of course, I had to say yes!

Over the next several weeks, we hashed out the particulars. The bride insisted on this pattern (Vogue 8555) from the beginning, with its smart inverted pleats and the tucks around the sweetheart neckline. The separate bolero would meet the modesty requirements for the formal Mass, but could be removed later at the reception. We selected silk dupioni for the dresses and silk pintucked organza for the bolero jackets. Despite silk's tendency to fray and leave strings everywhere, it really is a dream to work with.

The wedding was today. Let's hope we get to see some pictures of the lovely ladies in their lilac frocks!

Even after spending weeks with this shade, I'm still loving lilac and purple in general, so be watching for other sightings of my new passion!

6 comments:

Grace said...

I have a new life plan, Miss Rebecca. It involves growing up to be a seamstress half as accomplished as your are. These are simply beautiful.

chantell said...

Ah, the dresses are lovely. You are SO talented. And lavender/lilac is my favorite color, hands down. I may have to enlist your services in some hopefully not too far off tomorrow. lol.

And I took your Austen heroine quiz. I'm Marianne Dashwood! We're sisters! :-)

Ali said...

Amazing! I am seriously impressed Rebecca. These are beautiful. I love the style too - and the floaty little boleros. I don't sew at all and am in awe ...

{lauryl} said...

lovely! can't wait to see them on the ladies! excellent job! xoxo

Ali said...

By the way, I've tagged you in a meme sorry, but it is a meme about books! I'd be interested to read your responses ...

Linda said...

I can barely thread a needle, but I know a talented semstress when I see her work. These "lilacs in May" are simply beautiful and beautifully simple. The bolero makes it. Thanks for sharing.