Credentials and Dress

5 Jul

Yes, that’s right. I am now a minister of the Universal Life Church. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about being ordained in a church that isn’t the one I grew up in.

Here I am getting ordained while at my desk. It’s free for the online ordination. $6.99 for the certificate and another $8 to have it mailed to you……

I actually don’t need to be ordained in the state of Maryland to perform the ceremony, but I’m doing it for good measure and for my hoped for mention in the New York Times wedding section (affectionately known as the Sports Section for Women).

The bride has submitted the announcement and I’m sending positive thoughts that it will be selected. I’ve always wanted to be in the NY Times wedding section. Preferably as the bride, but I’ll take what I can get ;)

Now, about my dress. I’ve decided I want to make Vogue 8280, the infamous Galaxy Dress. I wanted something tailored like you guys suggested but with *some* interest. I think the sleeves provide the perfect interset. I’m going to muslin the sweetheart neckline. It’s not a neckline I normally wear, but I thought it would be less ‘rigid’ for the wedding.

The material I bought from Mood is a Carolina Herrara jacquard. It has plum, black and grey (with some shimmer). The plum alternates with the black depending on the light. The bridesmaids are in charcoal gray with plum accents. So, this pulls in the wedding colors nicely. I originally went in looking for a solid fabric. But, Ann showed me this and I fell in love. I emailed it from my phone to the bride and everything was in motion. I totally understand if you can’t see it yet. But, I can. And, it’s going to be epic ;)

The wedding isn’t until early September so I’ll start muslin / sewing in late July/ early August. I also reserve the right to chose a different pattern should the mood strike or if the muslin doesn’t do me any favors.

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32 Responses to “Credentials and Dress”

  1. melissa July 5, 2012 at 12:26 #

    Lovely fabric! I totally love my version of this Vogue pattern, and I still wear it years later, too. IMHO, the only “infamous” part of it are that the instructions jump around like mad, so it’s really worth scanning them and cutting and pasting the parts for your view back together in the right order in photoshop first, otherwise it gets really confusing!

    • Miss Celie July 5, 2012 at 18:45 #

      just looked yours up. BEAUTIFUL!

  2. Amanda S. July 5, 2012 at 12:30 #

    LOVE this fabric! It’s on the website and in my “portfolio”. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    • Miss Celie July 5, 2012 at 18:46 #

      Ahhh! Good to know! If you have the product number could you post it here? You’d be amazed at the number of things in the store that aren’t on the site. I died and went to silk jersey heaven.

      • Amanda S. July 5, 2012 at 19:28 #

        I’m pretty sure this is the same fabric: FP19622C

    • Miss Celie July 6, 2012 at 07:28 #

      Thank you for the product code! You were absolutely right. Here’s the link:

  3. LinB July 5, 2012 at 12:35 #


  4. July 5, 2012 at 12:51 #

    Wow, at first the fabric on its own didn´t impress me much, but after your description of the bridesmaids´ colours, I think it will be simply perfect! The pattern will be next in my list, I like it a lot!! Good luck with the making and I am excited to see the results!

  5. CGCouture July 5, 2012 at 13:07 #

    Wow! I think you’ll be stunning in this fabric, will be interesting to see how it all comes together. :-)

  6. Carolyn July 5, 2012 at 13:11 #

    Oooh! That’s one of my favourite patterns! I made a sleeveless version of it some years ago and still love it get tons of compliments whenever I wear it. And thanks for reminding me that I’ve had it packaged together with some fabric to make a sleeved version for at least 3 years now. Must add that to the fall sewing list.

    I’ll admit I don’t quite ‘see’ the fabric yet. But the colours are obviously just right for fitting in with the wedding and I trust you – like that matters, lol. I am very much looking forward to being inspired by how awesome you make this!

    • Miss Celie July 5, 2012 at 19:13 #

      I accept this :) It’s not at all what I was imagining myself.

  7. lakaribane July 5, 2012 at 14:03 #

    That pattern has been on my To Sew List from day 1. I agree that a muslin is best. I recall a lot of talk about the flanges needing to be sewn down. Or something. (Also, the original has built-in spandex, IIRC)

    And your fabric may just kill me, I’m chocking with envy.

    And, as a [virtual] woman of the cloth, shouldn’t you be praying that you make the NYT??? Just kidding.

    Off to see what that section looks like, you have me intrigued.

  8. Irene July 5, 2012 at 14:36 #

    Cool pattern and the fabric is great! Everybody complaints about the instructions, but really, it’s not that difficult. I’d suggest you muslin the sleeves as well, mine turned out huge (HUGE!) and I read afterwards – of course – that they indeed run large.

    • Miss Celie July 5, 2012 at 19:14 #

      LOL, that might be helpful for me. I have chubster arms.

  9. Leigh July 5, 2012 at 15:38 #

    I love the dress and the fabric sounds divine – perfect for a Lady of the Cloth. Should we call you Our Lady of the Cloth now? :)

  10. Marty July 5, 2012 at 17:54 #

    I’ve thought about being ordained too. I don’t believe you have to be ordained to perform weddings in Montana either-brother in law is getting set to perform his second wedding. I would really would like to perform some kind of ministry so I should probably get some kind of education too. It would be nice to get close to my Reformed beliefs.

  11. Gail July 5, 2012 at 18:21 #

    Why Rev Celie that dress you’re planning is so oh la la! Can’t wait to see it.

  12. Erin Cumming July 5, 2012 at 18:42 #

    Love the fabric and the pattern. Can’t wait to see it made up.

  13. Pam from South Australia July 5, 2012 at 19:10 #

    Just perfect. I can see it! Congratulations on your ordination (is that a word?).

  14. carol456 July 5, 2012 at 19:17 #

    I think your fabric choice is perfect! I always struggle getting sweetheart necklines right, so I often shy away from them, but this looks like it should be a relatively easy fit. I’m really keen to see this dress. As always, I wonder what shoes you’ll wear with it???

    • Miss Celie July 5, 2012 at 19:25 #

      Well Carol, I’m open to suggestions. Can I get away with black pumps?

      Sent from my iPod

  15. Robyn July 5, 2012 at 19:38 #

    I think it’s going to look stunning. One day I will make it to America to visit Mood :)

  16. Nancy Karpen July 5, 2012 at 19:47 #

    Gorgeous fabric and I definitely ‘see it’.

  17. gingermakes July 5, 2012 at 23:38 #

    WOW! This is going to be stunning! I’m really excited to watch your progress on this dress!

  18. Renae July 6, 2012 at 10:20 #

    You will look lovely (as always)! Can’t wait to see it!

  19. Becky July 6, 2012 at 10:37 #

    Sounds like a plan. I can’t see it, but if you can, then I am sure it will be epic! Of course, you reserve the right to change your mind, and you should. Whatever you do will turn out well, and you will look lovely.

  20. Myra July 6, 2012 at 13:47 #

    Congratulations on your new credentials!!!

    Love your pattern and fabric selection. I know you’ll look Fab in this dress! I would highly suggest black shoes as apposed to the other colors in the fabric. However, sometimes, I opt for a neutral tan/biege shoe when there’s multiple colors in an outfit. Good luck and can’t wait to see your completed project!

  21. Heather July 7, 2012 at 01:13 #

    I love the colors in the fabric and I love the pattern. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  22. Crystal July 7, 2012 at 19:14 #

    I think that will make one amazing dress. Can’t wait to see it.

  23. redsilvia July 8, 2012 at 11:55 #

    I like your fabric very much. Very sophisticated and that pattern is too. You’ll be quite the chic chica.

    FYI my friend became ordained as you did to marry two of his friends. He is now married to the woman he once married to his friend…just sayin’. Life’s weird…

  24. nancywin July 9, 2012 at 11:59 #

    This is going to be beautiful. I have this pattern but have not made it yet. You’ll have to let me know of $40/yard poly is easier to work with and wear than the $10/yd poly they sell at JoAnns. (hehehe) It certainly is beautiful fabric.

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