The dress….is a work in progress.

I’d like to post a little about my ideas for my dress, but as I type I’m second-guessing myself and modifying the picture I have in my head.

Anyway…..the image I’ve had in my head since high school was a dress worn by Jennifer Ehle in A&E’s Pride and Predjudice. I have never been able to find a photo of it online, but it was basically a sage green, empire waist satin dress topped by a white organza overdress with 3/4 length sleeves.  It’s not quite period authentic for our theme– about 40 years too early — but it was gorgeous and I wanted to keep a little of its essence in the final design.

Over the years, the perfect dress evolved to include several layers of white cotton, possibly with different textures, that would each peek out below each other.  That’s when I found this dress:



Dress front




This one is made from layered chiffon, which I wouldn’t likely have, but it is a good shape for me, plus I really love the layers and the way the cap sleeves connect in the back.  If I were to wear a dress like this, I’d have it made of cotton instead of chiffon, and the sash would be navy, lined with navy and ivory stripes.  I’d also make the dress ivory instead of bright white, and instead of the embroidery on the bodice and sleeves, I’d bead it with mother-of-pearl buttons. MOP buttons on ivory is a cool effect:

button cuff

I then thought I might want 3/4 length sleeves on this, since I have pretty big arms and a large tattoo above my left elbow.  I like my tattoos, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not sure I want them completely on display…plus, I may end up getting another one on the other arm.  I dunno.  I like 3/4 length sleeves.

So… I’m not sure what the dress is going to look like.  Some elements that I’d like:

  • Cotton gauze fabric; swiss dot; seersucker or striped weave cotton
  • Ivory rather than white for the overall dress
  • Beaded with MOP buttons
  • Tailored details like pintucks or pleated ruffles
  • Navy accents in a sash, or in striped elements
  • 3/4 length sleeves
  • Wide square neckline with an empire waist shape

While this seems like a lot of specifics and I’m likely not going to find this in a bridal boutique, that’s ok by me.  I’ve got a secret weapon:  Ingrid Goodwin.  She’s a fantastic Olympia-based fashion/costume designer and seamstress who I’ve known and loved since we were 12 years old, when we met in 6th grade band class.  I asked her to make my dress, and she agreed, and I can’t wait to start working with her on the design and shop for fabrics because it means that we have to take time out of our busy schedules to spend time together.  An added bonus I was not oblivious to.  The lovely Ingrid will also be one of my bridesmaids.

I’ll keep you posted on what we come up with, if Ing lets me post her sketches.  =)


About Ginger

Hello! My name is Ginger. I'm 27 and I live in Seattle with my fiancée Matt and his cat, Arthur. Find me in my kitchen, trying to incorporate pine nuts into more recipes, at Pacific Fabrics - drooling over prints in the home dec department, walking home through Woodland Park Zoo, or sipping aquavit in Ballard. Check out my food blog at
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2 Responses to The dress….is a work in progress.

  1. Jenni says:

    I LOVE the bottom of that dress, Ginger! The layers are really beautiful — can’t wait to see sketches and such of the developing product! 🙂

  2. Ingrid says:

    This is very helpful 😉

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