Summer weddings in the North East can be tricky! We have rain, we have heat waves, and we have humidity! Planning a Summer wedding is a hope against all hope that it is a nice day. Dressing for such inconsistencies is a knack held by the special Bride: The Good Bride.
Miss Holly (a forever customer!) was a Good Bride. She thought of her maids and their comfort in a humid, North East; Syracuse, NY, Summer wedding. From the beginning it was important that we choose a fabric which would breath, absorb sweat, not wrinkle, and feel light in the humidity of Armory Square. It was also important to Holly that her Maids have options. The answer to all requests was a trip to B&J on 38th, NYC; Italian Jersey in Dusty Lilac and chiffon!
Italian Jersey can be hard to sew: If it feels like butter on the body it’s slippery in the machine! Chiffon is like tailoring a tissue; however, the strife of construction is worth it! Bridesmaids Dresses made from Italian Silk Jersey drape beautifully and fall like water on the body. For outside weddings in upstate New York these dresses photograph gorgeously against backdrops of the falls and our lakes!
Pictured: Holly had eight Bridesmaids: tall, thin, average, petite, some new mom’s (with new body types), body conscience and self conscious personalities (after all we are women!). In her planning it was important to her that her Maids feel good. To remain consistent between dresses we used the same skirt pattern for all ladies. The skirt was draped using a 1950’s draping techniques book; Holly is a vintage lover and wanted soft vintage references in her wedding, we achieved that through the drape!
For the bodices we gave the ladies choices: Ballerina Wrap, portrait neckline with two inch decorative straps in organza or satin (satin is great for the body conscious lady wanting to camouflage under the arm abundance), or asymmetrical pleating! Giving your Bridesmaids choices in bodice’s is a great way to help them design a dress that frames their best asset: their face!
Maids also had a choice of decorative details: Modern vintage buttons in a Victorian fleur de lis pattern with purple crystals or Art Deco Rhodium set Swarovski Crystal buttons!