Posts Tagged ‘wedding’


The Royal Wedding Dress

April 29, 2011

Well, I’ve spent a fair bit of time sewing this week and I usually watch fluffy TV or costume films while I sew. This week this meant I was pretty much bombarded with royal wedding talk. It was everywhere. There were shows about the royal tiara collection, predictions about Kate (now the Duchess of Cambridge)’s dress, jewellery, hair and about the food they’ll be serving after the ceremony.

While I’m not a hard core monarchist, I don’t particularly mind the monarchy existing over there in England. I’m okay with the queen being on my money – if nothing else it prevents years of argument over who we should have instead – and I don’t mind it as part of my country’s heritage.

 I’ve long had a soft spot for Prince William – he’s a month to the day younger than I am – and I have admired this couple because they just seem to like being with eachother and that is lovely to see. So, after a week of indoctrination, I got up early this morning to watch all the fancy people arrive at the fancy church and then went back to bed for an hour once the ceremony started.

I must say that the dress predictions were all wrong. The predictions were that she would wear something sleek and modern, possibly mermaid style, not strapless but possibly sleeveless.

Certainly not this:

The bridal gown was remarkably old fashioned (or retro if you prefer) with the full length sleeves and flared skirt. There were many predictions that whatever gown she wore would quickly become the most copied dress in the world. If it does, it could signal an interesting shift back to far more modest wedding dresses because this dress looks much different from the ones you see on Say Yes to the Dress or any of the myriad other wedding shows out there.

I thought she wore it beautifully, though. I am partial to lace on wedding dresses myself and I thought it looked appropriately regal without being just too much.

It actually reminded me of this dress:

They share a neckline and basic train length as well as the carefully fitted bodice, pearl button sleeves and the simplicity of style.

It was funny that in searching for an image of this dress, I found several blogs in which the authors describe Maria von Trapp’s dress as their dream gown. Perhaps the new Duchess of Cambridge shared that dream.

Congratulations to them!


OT Weekends: Out of Town

May 22, 2010

It’s a long weekend here in Canada and I’m probably not going to get much sewing done as I’m off to a wedding in Montreal.

When I got married a couple of years ago, I surfed the net for ideas. My favourite site was Offbeat Bride. Authored by Ariel Meadows Stalling who wrote a book of the same name, it’s all about the fun, non traditional things people decide to make part of their weddings these days. The advice is great, but my favourite part  is that she profiles some truly spectacular nuptial parties. The dresses in particular tend to be just fabulous to look at.

I leave you with one of my favourite photos from my little wedding. The dress is McCalls 4444