The journey of ‘the dress’
My wedding dress has been burnt into my brain since the day Jacob proposed.
It will be elegant and beautiful and classic. It will take old and new inspirations. I will be a princes and crisp in white and floating down the aisle. But all of these beautiful dreams come at a price, and something that I simply couldn’t afford. I took a dress fitting at a beautiful store here in Sydney that catered to both standard and plus size women and was shocked when I was quoted over $6,000 for a simple lace and mesh dress. While I felt beautiful in such a creation, it pushed any dreams of a fancy reception out of the window. $6,000 was almost half of our wedding budget and I was the only one that would have enjoyed such a privilege of wearing the item.
I’m a perfectionist and basically, a nutcase, so my dress needs to be perfect. I want it to reflect me as a person and my personality.I want it to be beautiful and classic but I also want to have fun with my dress. So when Kate from Melbourne based Bombshell Vintage contacted me, it was a breath of fresh air. Kate’s love of vintage has extended to her beautiful collection of bespoke reproduction and vintage inspired fashion and her honesty and willingness to work with me to create my own design was liberating. It was with her email that I knew I wouldn’t have to fight my way from a tacky sales assistant. I would be able to have my dream dress and share it with everyone…literally.
This is the first of a series of blog posts about the design process of my dream dress. I wanted to share this experience with my readers because it is a scary but thrilling journey for me. I want to share my sketches and little stories along the way. And, when this process is finished, you’ll get to see the final dress before I don it for my special day. Because what is super amazing about this process is that at the end of the process curvy brides-to-be will be able to purchase my design for themselves!
I first met Kate when she invited me down to Melbourne to the first birthday of her vintage store Bombshell Vintage. Hosted at the LuWow, it was an event that opened my eyes to vintage fashion. At the time, I was a modern fashion lover and it was a real glimpse for me to see beautiful vintage fashion that suited my shape. Needless to say, her show and the designers that showed at the celebration curves and vintage sparked a fire in me and I was hooked. Bombshell Vintage was recently on the runway down in Melbourne at the Curvy Couture runway show with a collection of beautiful, timeless dresses in brilliant shades of colour and sparkle.
What I wasn’t aware of was the timeless, elegant wedding dresses that Bombshell Vintage offered. Based off traditional patterns and beautifully made, I was so excited to be in the hands of Kate and her team. We started out discussions with me sending across a sketch of what I thought I wanted. Kate was honest and shared her concerns about my design. Together we are still in the process of designing but I am so excited to share this journey with you all.
You can find our more about Bombshell Vintage by visiting their website http://www.bombshellvintage.com.au/and following them on FaceBook!