A very special commission...

You may remember that earlier this year I was asked to make a very special dress from the escape and evade maps.  I am delighted to now be able to share the full story with you and show you the pictures.

It all started at the Crafted by Hand Fair in July 2015.  I was approached by fellow exhibitor, Hester Cox (who, by the way, does the most amazing collagraphs and prints, see www.hestercox.com for details of her work) who came over to chat and was asking about map dresses... she asked if it was possible to have a bespoke dress made to order.  "Of course" I said, "that would be no problem".  Hester mentioned something abut it being for a special occasion and I vaguely heard her say something about a wedding.  "How lovely" I thought, "wearing a map dress for someone's summer wedding - let's hope she doesn't outshine the bride!".

Hmmm.  It was a little later that I realised that Hester didn't want an escape and evade map dress to wear to A wedding. She wanted an escape and evade map dress to wear to HER wedding.

At which point I needed a little lie down in a dark room.  And a gin.

Luckily, not only is Hester the nicest and most chilled out person to work with, she is also absolutely gorgeous and quite fankly would have looked great wearing a bin bag.

Escape and Evade map wedding dress by Home Front Vintage prep 1

The brief was for a simple summer dress made from maps of Scandinavia (where Hester spends time each year getting inspiration for her work from the landscapes and forests of Sweden).  And it had to be a dress that she could dance the night away in!

Getting ready for the first fitting - a toile is made form lining material to check the design before making the dress in the silk maps.

Getting ready for the first fitting - a toile is made form lining material to check the design before making the dress in the silk maps.

We based the design on a summer dress that Hester owned and loved, but we made the skirt a little fuller for extra 'swish' when she danced - and Hester chose a gorgeous contrasting colour silk to line the dress which gave a fabulous pop of colour.

Hester got married to Brian on the 2nd July this year and has very kindly allowed me to share photos of the wedding with you, taken by photographer Jo Denison

Love that pop of turquoise blue silk lining!

Love that pop of turquoise blue silk lining!

With flowers in her hair... and a little clip made from the maps.

With flowers in her hair... and a little clip made from the maps.

Hester with her mum just before the wedding.

Hester with her mum just before the wedding.

As well as Hester's dress we also made a sash and map corsage for her bridesmaid.

As well as Hester's dress we also made a sash and map corsage for her bridesmaid.

Hester and Brian - the happy couple

Hester and Brian - the happy couple

Dancing the night away...

Dancing the night away...

I won't pretend that making something this special wasn't a tiny bit stressful because I wanted it to be perfect for Hester - but she was so lovely to work with and one of the best things for me is that we got to know each other and I hope will continue to be friends for a very long time.

Here's to wishing Hester and Brian and very happy future together and thank you for allowing me to play a small part in your big day. x

 

Posted on August 10, 2016 .