A mutual friend referred Rachel to me a few months ago. Rachel had been asked to be maid-of-honor at her friend’s wedding just a few months before her own, and she was interested in having a corset custom-made to wear under the strapless bridesmaid’s gown, and also interested in discussing her ideas for her own wedding gown.

At that point in time, Rachel and her fiancée had not yet selected a venue for their wedding, but they were leaning towards a wedding on the beach (a splendid option for those of us here in Florida!) Because of that, Rachel imagined a tea-length dress, not too formal and not long enough to drag in the sand. I sympathized immediately – my own wedding six years prior had been on the beach, and I’d insisted on a shorter dress myself. She also knew she wanted to incorporate purple accents somehow, as purple is her favorite color. She sent me a few photos of gowns she liked that had purple accents, and apologized that there wasn’t a consistent style across them. Aside from the length of her gown and the presence of purple, she didn’t yet have a clear vision for what she wanted. I told her it was not a problem! The photos she’d shown me did have a few elements in common (all were A-lined strapless gowns, and all of them had sheer fabric overlays). I put together a couple of quick sketches for her based on what she’d sent, more as a starting place for us to discuss my interpretations of her ideas than as final designs to choose from. We discussed them briefly, but without a solid decision on the venue her vision for her wedding day wasn’t yet clear. Plus, the corset was her immediate need. So, we decided to set aside our discussion of her wedding gown design for the time being. In the end, that was a good call – some of her initial ideas changed pretty dramatically, and the design we came up with in the end was very different indeed from these original sketches.

I can scarcely wait to begin sharing the actual gown we’re sewing for Rachel, but her wedding isn’t for a few more weeks, so in the mean time I’ll write my next post about her corset!


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