This is my first attempt at my wedding dress top. Instead of doing a "muslin" I was lucky enough to find some brocade in the clearance section of the fabric store. I need some practice with brocade before I attempt my actual wedding dress, so this was perfect.
My first prototype is a typical Asian inspired look.
Things I like about it:
- It's cut on the bias so it hangs nice
- it's pretty conservative and demure which I guess is what you want for a wedding
- I love the neckline
Things I dislike:
- it's so warm to wear. I'm not used to things around my neck (I'm a cleavage girl) So this is probably not a good idea for the end of June
- cutting on the bias means that I ate up a lot of fabric. I only have about 2.5 metres to work with, so I would use most of it for this top.
- notice the above picture. I screwed up the placement of the frog closures so the neckline is off. I fixed it in the picture below.
Options if I decide on this top:
- I could put piping along the neckline, collar and armholes to match the skirt
- I could do the top out of the contrast fabric and use my blue fabric for the skirt
- I would fix a few of the issues I have with the bustline and widen the shoulders a bit.
- I would take it in a bit in the waist to have a less tentlike look
What do you guys think?
Stay tuned for prototype #2 and a few skirt ideas as well!
NOTE: I've taken pictures of the fabric I'm going to use. It's imported from China from my grandfather. I've posted them on my fanpage and we're having a wonderful discussion as to what I should do with it. You can join in the discussion (or read all about it) on the Tawny Bee Fanpage if you're at all interested.