Wedding dress, draft 7 1/2 or so

Celtic knots for BR Chaston's wedding dress--they were time consuming but fun to make

Celtic knots for the wedding dress I’ve been making–they were time consuming but fun to create

Tonight, I’ll put the finishing touches on the wedding dress I’ve been working on for the past three months. It’s all little things now: hooks and eyes, hand sewing the stays in place, finishing the bustle. It feels like the final polishing of a challenging article, the last read-through before I submit it for publication.

I beat my deadline this time. I’m pleased.

Looking back on the past few months, I can say with certainty this is the most challenging sewing project I’ve ever tackled, and possibly one of the most challenging creative projects of any kind, outside of writing a book.

There’s been a side benefit. The handwork was sometimes tedious and took much longer than I expected, but it gave me some great quiet times for reflection. This meant I learned some new things about me–some happy things, and some things I hope to change in the near future. I’ll include these with my Rome Construction Crew goals in July.

Another benefit: I earned more than 50 hours in the scholarship area of my personal level-up campaign.Ā 

And I don’t think I’ll ever, ever be afraid of sewing again.

As great as it was, there were some definite downsides. My writing time, blogging time and family time all took huge hits. Just when I thought I could get back on track with things, a new challenge regarding the dress would come up. These interruptions usually lasted at least a week, sometimes more, and I was derailed at least half a dozen times.

Not to mention the fact that my house was practically conquered by pincushions, scissors, bits of ribbon, lace and beads and scraps of white cloth.

I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, but I’m really, really looking forward to normal life.

Which, of course, means writing–and, hopefully, more dedicated blogging.

The skirt is bunched, and there's a celtic knot at every bunch. There are more than two dozen of them on the dress.

The skirt is bunched, and there’s a celtic knot at every bunch. There are more than two dozen of them on the dress.



11 Responses to “Wedding dress, draft 7 1/2 or so”

  1. Sounds like you’ve made a lot of progress with your goals. Congrats. The Celtic knots look great.


  2. Wow looks beautiful, Gwen – the white and pearls and the sheen. Would love to see the end product!


    • Thanks! I’ll try to get some pictures of the entire thing sometime tomorrow. It’s hard to fit it in the little window of my camera. šŸ™‚ I hope all is going well for you!


  3. This is a work of art Gwen. I struggle to sew a button on so I’m totally in awe of your achievement – looks like you could always go for a 2nd career if you want. šŸ™‚


  4. Yay Gwen! Can’t wait to see it! šŸ™‚


  5. I’m checking in more often than I say to see how the dress is going. The romantic in me loves to admire a beautiful wedding gown, and this looks like it is going to be stunning.



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