The Reveal

I spent the winter and spring on a labor of love which came into bloom a few weeks ago at the wedding of my brother-in-law Daryl, to the marvelous Deborah.

Remember all those ruffles I was making in April? They turned into flowers. Dozens of raw silk flowers, that I overlaid on garlands of lace leaves cut from Deborah’s mother’s veil, worn exactly 50 years ago. My parent’s celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 16, so it’s a special year for new promises and renewed ones.

Cutting the vintage lace made my heart fibrillate, but the near-heart attack subsided after the first few cuts. Each flower took on its own personality, and I came up with new techniques and ideas as I went.

Here is the dress.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the wedding.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Beibei Wureply
June 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Absolutely adore the collage of photos you’ve made! The lace paired with the roses are perfect! Such a great sense of textures 🙂

July 3, 2012 at 7:37 am
– In reply to: Beibei Wu

Thanks. I never appreciated lace until I did this project. It really was so beautiful to layer with the silk.

June 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Oh wow, that looks stunning. But I have no idea how you managed to keep the courage to cut into her Mum’s veil. The end result looks worth it, can’t wait to see more photos 🙂

July 3, 2012 at 7:37 am
– In reply to: Cassandra

First cut was the hardest! Eeeeek. After that I was snipping happy.

June 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I can’t see the dress… broken link?

June 28, 2012 at 6:17 am
– In reply to: daddyshomedavidpetrie

Hey David! No photo at all? Let me investigate…

July 3, 2012 at 7:36 am
– In reply to: daddyshomedavidpetrie

I don’t think I was the best communicator in this post. I just show parts of the dress in the collage. I hope you are able to see that?

June 28, 2012 at 7:05 am

Oh my, this is gorgeous.

July 3, 2012 at 7:36 am
– In reply to: Rachael

Thank you, Rachael!

Just A Smidgenreply
June 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I am reading your posts backwards.. I loved that dress and had no idea you’d made it.. it’s gorgeous, lovely on your bride!!

July 3, 2012 at 7:34 am
– In reply to: Just A Smidgen

I didn’t make the dress itself (I’m probably capable, but since the bride is in Brooklyn and I’m in Vermont we decided to forgo that since we couldn’t do fittings easily). She got the simple silk dress made in Brooklyn and sent it to me to decorate. So much fun!!!!

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