How Cadel's 2011 Tour de France win inspired Jayne's bridesmaid dresses
Jayne and I met to discuss the bridesmaid dresses for her upcoming wedding just a week after Cadel Evans' 2011 Tour de France win.
We met at Dench cafe in North Fitzroy and Jayne expressed how she loved the simplicity of the dresses the two women were wearing when they presented him with his award.
The dress Jayne was planning on wearing was a green vintage dress from the 1960s. I organised a yellow fabric sample and sent it off with the quote. Yellow dresses was decided on and the next step was to meet with Kate and Rachael, her sisters who were going to be her bridesmaids.
During our meeting, Jayne showed us the dress she intended on wearing which was a gorgeous emerald green, I sensed the girls were not too pleased with the colour yellow and we all agreed it would make the bridal party look a little 'green and gold' - the colours that represent Australia.
I whipped out my fabric sample book and looked for an alternate colour that would compliment both Kate and Rachael's skin and hair colour, but also keep the 60s aesthetic Jayne was after.
We settled on purple cotton sateen and decided to make the skirt part of the dress a-line and omit the slits that the original dresses had.
About the dresses, being a November wedding in Melbourne, it was near-impossible to predict what the weather was going to be like. One thing Jayne did not want for her bridal party was for Kate and Rachael to be too hot if it ended up being a 43C day.
I used 95% Cotton/5% Spandex in the colour 'Prince' and purple viscose lining. The bodice has bust and waist darts and waist darts in the CB. Invisible zip closure in the CB and a very slight a-line hem. The girls chose their own shoes and wore silver, which looked fabulous.