The champagne lace and chiffon silk fabrics I had gotten for the nikah dress was sent to the person who was responsible in creating my engagement dress. I entrusted him with designing my nikah dress because I know that he’s someone I can trust when it comes to intricate laces and because he’s aware of my preferences.
During our appointment, I showed him the picture of Rizalman’s dove grey modern kurung that I’ve been keeping. Told him that I’d want a lace modern kurung, with a skirt with pleats, just like the picture. Amar made a sketch for me and suggested that I go for a modern kurung with patched lace and a fully flared skirt, instead. I went with his suggestion.
Then I showed him the fabrics that I had gotten. As he laid them on a surface, he told me that the chiffon silk I’d gotten was a shade too close to the lace and as a result, the lace didn’t look very visible when placed on top of it. The chiffon silk would not provide the desired flow for the skirt either. This is why you should consult your designer first before buying fabrics or shop with them — they would know what works with the dress you want and they would know how much you really need.
He suggested that we use ivory as a base color, at the same time using heavy chiffon instead of the normal chiffon silk, as the flow of the fabric would be better. I told him I’d leave it up to him, to get the fabrics that would complement the lace best.
The first fitting session
Was called for the first fitting this weekend. During the first fitting, the dress is basically done. Since the purpose of the first fitting is to see the kinds of alterations that may be needed when you wear the dress, the designer would patch only some of the lace onto the dress to give you some idea of how it’ll look like. The majority of the patchwork and beading will be completed only after this process.
So I tried the dress on. The first thing I noticed, was how neatly the lace had been sewn on the front side of the dress. Then, I noticed how nice the flared skirt was. Good thing I listened!
When I got out of the fitting room, I was confused for a while. The dress was looking more pale yellow under the boutique’s lighting. In pictures though, it’s ivory. My mum commented that the color suits my skintone, so it’s good.
The first fitting wasn’t perfect of course, the cut of the sleeve was different than what I’m used to, so it felt weird to wear. They had to pin the dress on the sides of my waist and sleeves to make it fit properly. After that, Amar pulled a chair and asked me to sit down, to see whether I would be comfortable sitting down with the dress.
With the help of his assistant, he then helped me wear a hijab decide on the style I’d be wearing on the ceremony, which would help the process of designing the appropriate veil.
Next fitting’s going to be held early next month. I’m excited.