Thursday, December 11, 2008

SHE WALKED DOILY DOWN THE AISLE...



My daughter and I loved the comedy show 'Will and Grace'; in one episode Jack was attending a spelling bee and got the word 'doily' to spell...which stumped him, but then he had the bright idea 'Oh, I know! Like: "he walked doily down the street!"' and did a mincy little pose to illustrate. We all fell about.

That phrase has stayed with us ever since, especially because I do actually have a thing for doilies, (I collect them in fact, along with vintage tablecloths) so when I recently made a natural linen wedding dress - decorated with antique doilies and with the bodice made from a vintage 50s-60s barkcloth tablecloth - I just had to dub it "She Walked Doily Down the Aisle'. If you've seen the episode, you'll appreciate the joke! It's a strapless, pull-on dress, boned for support and elasticated both at the waist and across the top back edge. The skirt is very tapered with a luxuriously swishy fishtail.


Antique hand-tatted trim and tablecloth applique roses

Huge over-sized chintz roses in gorgeous shades of coral, peach, pink, yellow and cream are dotted here and there:



Don't forget you need to have an impressive back view as well when you walk down the aisle - this beautiful, upcycled vintage 60s silk scarf tie certainly does the trick! I cut it to make the most of the design and the delicious fall of the silk. The colors perfectly match the roses in the barkcloth tablecloth bodice:



For me, the piece de resistance is the wonderful antique lace adorning the cummerbund, which is very special: it dates back to the civil war period. Please click on the pic in order to zoom in and see more detail. The 3D butterfly, which I made from a very old doily (!) is a perfect finish to this very feminine, vintage look:



You'll find this one of a kind dress in my etsy store (please click on the etsy store pics to the left). I'm keen to make more of these so if you wish to discuss an original, custom-made dress in a particular colorway or materials, don't hesitate to contact me:
shayne_binqi@yahoo.com.au

9 comments:

The Academy of Gentle Arts said...

Oh that dress looks great, I love all the detailing!

TattingChic said...

What a talented seamstress you are! The dress is lovely. I don't know how to break it to you, but what you labelled as "Hand tatted lace" isn't tatting at all. Not to worry, it's a common error as not very many people are familiar with tatting. If you'd like to know more about tatting then hop on over to my blog. It's all about tatting! You're welcome to visit any time. I also have a lot of tatting links on the side!

fashion etiquette said...

I love this dress!

I wish I wasn't so short so I could pull it off!

Shibuya Baby Jewels said...

This is adorable, love it. I would love to learn how to put boning into dresses... some day!

AnastasiaC said...

such a gorgeous dress - the back detail is stunning!! great work!

BeckyKay said...

That dress is stunning! You amaze me!

Maisy Brown said...

Thanks so much, TattingChic! I'll certainly pop by your blog!

Michelle Brunner said...

This is gorgeous and so creative! Your clothing is so stylish!

Jessica Torrant said...

I'm in love! My, my that is stunning! Too bad I'm already married - maybe it's time to renew our vows? No, some other bride will be blessed with this dress and I will be very happy for her. :) Fantastic work!