Wedding dress progress – the sash arrived!
And is it ever beautiful!
Those are authentic abalone shells tied down with a proper sinew lacing. Wow, the craftswomanship of this traditional Native American wedding sash is stunning. It’s about 2″ wide, woven with what looks like 9 strands of cedar bark strips and closes with a pair of hook and eye closures hidden by the abalone shells.
We had a fitting last week and we finalized the bodice liner pattern:
I extended the top right to the bottom of the empire waist line and will attach the skirt directly to the bodice. Now I need to redraft the pieces for the back of the bodice. I think I need to insert some boning into the back to help it stay put. Then I can begin piecing together the skirt/petticoat.
I tried out some draping ideas with the silk yesterday, but I haven’t found the “right” way yet.
Off to Fabricana I go!