meringue silk


The dressssss. A few people have asked for more dress detail, so here we are. It is a leeeelte bit of a thorn in my side, but I do love it.

I tried on so many dresses in shops, but I wanted long sleeves to cover my tattoos for the wedding. It seems that it’s impossible to find a long sleeve, short wedding dress. So I bought really gorgeous silk – Italian silk faille for the top, and an Italian duchesse silk satin for the skirt – so gorgeous that I was scared to cut into it.

So, about 3 weeks before the wedding, I went to start the dress – and found that my sewing machine was broken. PANIC. My mom and I finished it in a week at her house, but without a dress form, I had no way to drape the skirt properly.  (You can see the muslin here, with the skirt draped closer to how I wanted.) Luckily I’d patterned the fitted top part already before my machine broke, it’s based off a 1950s dress that was unfortunately too stained to wear. The top has a Y shaped seam on the bust, and ruched elbows. So. Someday I’m going to redo the skirt.

I found that silk and crochet pocket in Paris, in an antique shop – perfect for my glasses, which I wore most of the day. There aren’t many glasses photos – I whipped them off and into my pocket!

These photos are not to be added to blogs, Pinterest, Tumblr, or any other sharing site, please.

Secondary Photography: EMILY FERRO (VT)
Dress: Silk faille & duchesse silk, antique lace and trim.
Make-up: Vivian Sarratt
Bride’s shoes: Frye
Groom’s shoes: Mezlan (thrifted but new!)
Groom’s suit & tie: vintage
Groom’s shirt & socks: J. Crew

(Hey!! Random thing – I was totally looking at a girl on Valencia St today and thinking “she has cute style” & she came up and said she was a Verhext reader! Then I got shy and forgot to ask of she has a blog or twitter – so if Shelia (I think!) is reading, comment! Thank you for reading!!)

21 Comments on meringue silk

  1. mlle ghoul
    January 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm (5 years ago)

    That you made this extraordinary thing just blows my mind! This is basically the most perfect dress ever…but what makes it, I mean really MAKES IT are those pockets. Brilliant, and beautiful.

    Well, I take that back. What *really* makes the dress is the bride wearing it!

    And the hubby’s not to shabby either 😉

  2. mathyld ▲under the pyramids▲
    January 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t think you need one more useless comment of me saying how truly beautiful you are and how gorgeous this whole wedding was … But here it is !

    x x x

  3. Sarah
    January 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello. Ingenious glasses pocket. I missed that in your previous posts. Sadly, I am a sucker for the clothes-hanging, shoe and ring shots. Cliche, but so very pretty.

    (I also really like the photos with the paper goods. And desserts. Oh, who am I kidding? I just love photos of weddings and pretty things.)

  4. roughit
    January 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm (5 years ago)

    I love these pictures! Beautiful… thanks for sharing.

  5. laura
    January 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm (5 years ago)

    beautiful! i love the rolled down stockings best of all :>

  6. Meg
    January 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm (5 years ago)

    I love YOUR Wedding dress detail shots. Silly. And you got me, well done.

    • verhext
      January 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm (5 years ago)

      haha no, I’d just already started this post when you were talking about it. i was like, “oooooops.”

    • verhext
      January 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm (5 years ago)

      also it’s such stiff silk it doesn’t hang well!

  7. Hillary
    January 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm (5 years ago)

    The glasses pocket it so insanely smart I am totally stealing the idea for next fancy dress I have to wear.

  8. Ashe Mischief
    January 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm (5 years ago)

    I love seeing these images, and especially the muslin shot! I’d been wondering about the details of your dress. It’s so beautiful.

  9. Anna @ D16
    January 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm (5 years ago)

    So gorgeous, so perfect.

  10. Lorra
    January 8, 2011 at 10:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve always thought you were soooo beautiful – but this is you at your most beautiful! Stunner, you are!

  11. johanna
    January 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm (5 years ago)

    Absolutely stunning pictures!
    You are soo beautiful and I loove the photo bu the little river, wonderful!

  12. Lori
    January 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm (5 years ago)

    I like the skirt BOTH ways, so you couldn’t really lose. So unique and beautiful.

  13. miss alix
    January 14, 2011 at 10:04 am (5 years ago)

    i love that you have short dress with long sleeves. i couldn’t find an dress to cover my tattoos either and had to have one made. i think you did a fantastic job even with your frustration and short time frame for sewing. the two dresses i’ve seen that you’ve made have been my favorite ever. amazing work.

  14. Becky
    January 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Despite everything it came out so wonderfully! I love the shape and the sleeves. Perfect.

  15. Junker Jane
    January 15, 2011 at 10:49 am (5 years ago)

    I am SO happy to have found your blog. It’s full of inspiring images :)

  16. Peonies
    February 7, 2011 at 9:14 am (5 years ago)

    Oh. My. God.

    You *made* that dress? You’re amazing. It’s amazing. AMAZING. And the stockings? Amazing.

  17. Melissa
    February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm (5 years ago)

    This is all so wonderful. What an AMAZING dress!!! Beautiful, and i love all the pics! Belated congrats.

  18. Brittany
    March 1, 2011 at 6:39 am (5 years ago)

    So basically, your dress is my dream dress. my wedding is in 6 months, ive been looking at dresses EVERYWHERE for the last 7 months with nothing to show for it. If its not too much to ask, would you mind kind of explaining how you made such a lovely dress? Any tips or how-to’s would be amazing!
    Thank you so much!

    P.S. You’re entire wedding….STUNNING!


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