This is the first dress and accoutrements in a series of -If I was gonna say “I Do”. I won’t make all of them, but this one was so sweet, and so lightweight and versatile, I just couldn’t help but realize it completely.
Which leads me to the whole charm of a courthouse wedding. I mean truly, if you are on a shoestring or a shy-string type of budget, why not just traipse down to your local courthouse with friends for witnesses in tow and have yourselves a vintage sweet and simple inspired hitchin’ ? I collected a small poesy, or corsage from the front garden as well as a wee boutonniere. Made out of Blue Beard, Bachelor’s Buttons and a sprig of Lavender. A scrap of fabric from the dress ties it all together.
Now I’m not going to lie, a simple dress is just as every bit thought through, pondered about and in possession of a pedigree of inspiration. This simple confection is surprisingly enough, inspired by Virginia St. George’s wedding dress from the movie The Buccaneers (based on an Edith Wharton novel). If anyone can make a simple dress from Victorian inspirations, it’s me:
The lightweight soft white shirting material used for this dress is a herringbone weave. The shape of the dress is achieved through a series of darts and tucks that are then spiral sewn with different colors of blue thread. Crocheted lace trim with pale blue etched floral transparent buttons.
Subtle hand scalloped hem. The beauty of a dress this sweet and informal is in all the heirloom details. While the labor was intensive, the fabric was so affordable and the dress can easily be worn again.
If you’re going simple and handmade, then you need look no farther than the fabulous etsy for all your fixings:
$87 A great clutch – ready for all your paperwork, powder, nip of gin, you name it – everything you need to tote with you to the Courthouse.
Okay – so for shoes I might recommend somewhere other than etsy: $199 Gravity Pope Brogue Mary Janes
Walk from the courthouse to a local favorite restaurant or host an evening of wine and cheese at home for friends and family to drop by.
Up next: A nighttime wedding? Harvest wedding? Winter wonderland? 4th of July? Irish mist? Maine Harbor? Scandinavian evening light? Oh I could dream of dresses and flowers for days…
The set all froufed up on polyvore here
Love this. Talent you have, my friend – both in the creating and in the writing about.
SB – you make some pretty stuff and i love seeing it. xoxo
Love the vertical darts with the “something blue” stitching!
This post makes me want to get married in a Unabashed Apparel dress. Oh wait, I just did! Sb, you are so good at the dreaming bits and the making them real bits and the communicating them in a lovely way bits.
did I just hear you suggest taking gin to the court house? I love you. ha! love the lace. very very sweet.
I am languishing in the Spanish sun dying of lust for this dress.
It is so utterly perfect. You make a wild horse kinda girl want to get married for a minute just so she can wear it. Or look at it… or put my fingers on it, just for a fleeting moment…
Sigh. You done it again.