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!