Margaret’s design! A dress is born!

Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

WE HAVE A WINNER!  In our third mockup fitting, Margaret chose the Rounded Asymmetrical Collar look for her custom mother-of-the-bride ensemble.

After viewing the new mockup options on her Dress Design Website, Margaret still wanted to try on the Sailor Collar version.  But she also thought she might really like the Rounded Asymmetrical Collar version, if the asymmetry were a little more exaggerated.  No time for sketching, I printed out the photo and drew a new collar to try, and whipped up yet another mockup.  I loved it and hoped she would too!  

We had a third mockup fitting with the new look and SHE LOVED IT!  Yay!!!

Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

With only minor adjustments, the fitting went really well.  I was finally confident that I could take this muslin mockup and start working on the real dress!

 

After the fitting, I immediately took the mockup apart and started laying it out onto the fabric as my underlining.  The mockup itself would be the backing for the real fabric in the real dress!

Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

In the photo above, you can see the back and the inside front panel of the jacket laid out on the backside of the real fabric.  I pin these two fabric layers together and cut them out as one…

Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture…and then I hand stitch just outside the stitching line all the way around each piece and press it.

Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Now the otherwise flimsy fabric has just the right amount of body for the real garment, and I have an extra layer of fabric for hiding stitches.  Margaret’s dress and jacket were finally ready for assembly!

 

At this point, scheduling was getting crucial.  The design process had taken much longer than I had anticipated and, as you may remember, I had also promised a jacket and handmade accessories to the bride.  I made a very detailed To-Do list and worked out on the calendar exactly how I was going to get everything done in time for the wedding!

Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

 

Unfortunately, I had to put the blogging on the back burner and took very few photos during the process of actually creating the ensemble.  Next post will be a whirlwind of random construction photos leading to a finished dress ready to be photographed and delivered!  Yay!

 

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

My blog follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress is made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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