I have always sworn blind that I would not ever, not now, no way sew someone a wedding dress. But help someone sew their own wedding outfit? Hmmmm, maybe.
A dear friend is getting married and wanted to make part of her outfit on the sewing machine handed down by her mother. Said friend has more taste in the tip of her little finger than I’ll ever have in my whole body. When I offered to help buy fabric, she gently declined, preferring to shop alone. Clever person. She had a clear vision and didn’t need my clownish tastes muddying the affair.
She hit up Soho for their silks and came home armed with two beautiful fabrics – a silk jersey and satin.
My task was to help cut out, providing space, equipment and moral support. The two of us set to with silk pins, paper and serrated shears – my essential trio of equipment for cutting out anything silk. For your own detailed guidance, visit here.
We were tremulous, handling such expensive fabric but both the satin and jersey behaved excellently. I avoided breathing down my friend’s neck by turning to a spot of my own sewing. Soon, she didn’t really need my help at all. The power of wedding was strong!
By the end of our session together, any fear had morphed into excitement. We had successfully cut out two very expensive fabrics. The journey towards an outfit had commenced without a single tear. Success!
Now, my friend begins to sew. This isn’t a dress, but a skirt. Can you guess which one?
It occurred to me that there’s one last gift to share, along with my readers. Tips. How would you sew silk jersey and satin in a maxi skirt? I’ve suggested silk touch interfacing for the yoke and organza stay tape to stabilise key seams. Anything to add? Would you leave the hem raw, for example? Tips around an invisible zip?
Can you help a good woman feel beautiful on an important day? You have the expertise and kindness; all you need to do is share it.