I was getting married, for the third and hopefully the last time, and I had no idea what I was going to wear. I did not want to wear some big frilly poufy wedding dress, I had already done the formal wedding on the last go around.
Then I recalled I had purchased some antique linen and lace on Ebay. I didn’t have a plan for it when I purchased it, but now it fit into this plan beautifully
I wanted to make a fitted bodice and loose skirt, so I started by making a test bodice until I got the fit correct, then constructed the bodice, and lined it with some matching silk charmeuse that I purchased.
I used the laces around the neck edge and on the sleeve edge with some beading. I think the dress turned out just right, fancy but not too formal.
I use only the finest cotton imported Swiss Embroidered Trims, French Val Laces, French Maline Laces, Silk Ribbon, and English Laces.
Occasionally I find a source for antique laces and use them, they add a special touch. My own wedding dress was completely made of antique linen and antique belgian lace, check out the photo gallery for photos.
Swiss Nelona Batiste – Imported from Switzerland, this wonderful 100% cotton fabric has a gorgeous sheen with a little body, yet it is still translucent. It is 45” wide and very easy to work with for machine or hand sewing, smocking, or any other heirloom sewing project you might choose. A Swiss batiste known as “Nelona” the cream of the crop quality for very special projects. It’s soft, light and has a lovely sheen. If you’re making a keep sake, and want to pass the garment down – this is the fabric you should be using. Buy the best you can afford when making these special items. Made in Switzerland
Lawn – More translucent than batiste. Soft, gauzy cotton with a silky, wonderful feel. Glides over your fingers- floats on air. Fantastic!o
Silk Batiste – very pretty and soft. It makes into a gorgeous blessing gown or other special occasion dress for child. It would make a pretty blouse for Mom too!
Silk Organza – Beautiful, sheer Silk Organza is such an elegant touch to that special garment! It is not as stiff as Organdy and it smocks very well.
Irish Handkerchief Linen – Our beautiful Handkerchief Linen is a fine, lightweight linen that is smooth to the touch and delicate. It is very light and slightly translucent, perfect for shadow work, drawn thread work, Madeira appliqué or any other type of embroidery.
Swiss Cotton Flannel – This fabric is wonderful and so soft! Unlike the Cashmere Cotton, which is a thicker fabric, this Swiss Flannel is finely woven, not bulky, suitable for French seams. Choose this fabric for baby’s layette, receiving blanket, a warm daygown, winter dress or shirt. Try it, I am sure you will love it!