Tilia ~ Hemp and Silk Wedding Dress
The bodice is made with a vintage handwoven hemp cloth, and it is entirely lined with pure silk Duchesse satin (so dreamy against your bare skin).
The skirt is made of three layers of silk: the bottom one is a Habutai silk lining, the middle one is a creamy ivory Crepe de chine, and the top one is flowing ivory silk crepe chiffon, light and sheer, with a delicate rippling texture, flowing airily with your movements.
The top layer has an overlapping slit in front for added movement and drama. A corset lace-up details it in back. This can be substituted with a zipper if you so desire, just make your choice when you order.
It will have halter straps sewn on, and you can tuck them in the bodice to wear it strapless as pictured.
The pictured one has a small train: I can also make it a bit longer, or keep it floor length all around. It also looks lovely with a train only for the top layer, and the bottom layers just brushing the floor.
It is pictured with the Daisy lace and silk sash in some of the photos (not included).
About the material:
The bodice cloth is extremely special: it a vintage handwoven hemp fabric, of a natural ivory color, lined with a creamy white duchess silk (a dream against the skin!).
The hemp cloth I use was originally part of the dowery women would bring with them into marriage, up until the turn of the past century. It would be used for under garments, nightgowns, bedding, as washcloths, for table linens. The yarn would be hand-spun, after a long process of growing, maturing and cleaning the fibres. It would then be hand woven on wooden looms, in thin widths, which were stitched together to create bedding sheets, or cut to make clothes. many of these pieces of dowery would spend their life in wooden chests, deemed too special for every-day wear, and passed on through generations.
I source this hemp at local flea markets, checking each piece to make sure it is of the weight, tint, weave and conditions suitable for my purposes. Each piece is one of a kind, while maintaining a surprising level of consistency that allows me to replicate the designs I make with it.
I don’t know for how many more years I will be able to find this scarce, unique material, but it is my favorite cloth of all to make bodices with.
• MATERIALS & CARE:
100% silk. Vintage hemp bodice.
Dry-clean only. Iron with a lot of steam on medium setting. Please test on an inner part of the garment
If your wedding is less then 6 weeks way, please contact me before placing your order.
I will email you a detailed list of the measurements and information I need once you place the order. Elements may be customised.
I will use expedited Fedex shipping, it will deliver in about 3-4 workdays in most parts of the world. Please provide a physical address (not a P.O. box). Please provide a phone number in the note to seller.