Our wedding theme was the 1840s since Ian and I first met at a Gold Rush living history event, so we thought it would be a great idea. The first dress I drew inspiration was from the Tasha Tudor collection. I copied the pleated bertha with 9 pleats on the front and back, as well as the shaped piped lozenges to cover the seams. The second dress I took inspiration from the long sleeves and the skirt pleating that meets in the front. I loved the idea of a pelerine but it wasn't suitable for a summer garden wedding.
|Tasha Tudor dress|
|1840s Satin Wedding Dress with Swans Down Pelerine|
|My 1840s Wedding Dress|
|Close up of pleated bertha|
The material is a hard backed 100% silk duchess ivory satin that I bought from a shop in the LA Garment District. The bodice pattern went through so many changes that I don't even remember what I used as a starting point! For the skirt support I wore my corded petticoat, a tucked petticoat, and a plain petticoat (all with yoked waistbands).
|Mr. Rochester and his Mustard Seed|