Looking back, I wasn’t apprehensive at the prospect of making my wedding dress as to me it was just following a pattern (or three or four). Even though I’ve more experience of sewing and there is so much more information available, I don’t know if I’ve the confidence to make a wedding dress now. Today’s wedding dresses seem no longer to be a dress, but to be a feat of engineering. Back in my day (!) my main concern was the outer appearance – there was no need for a complicated internal foundation as bridal lingerie could take care of any “holding in” and “pushing up” needed.
I enjoyed making my “analogue era” wedding dress (hence the photo of a photo – no digital versions then) and I think there was an element of “ignorance is bliss” when it came to construction and sewing techniques. I’m sure the wealth of information that is now easily accessible on the internet has helped many to make the dress of their dreams, but I just find modern styles and expectations rather daunting.