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A gown made of the finest wool

23.08.2013 | which from our pretty lambs we pull*

Angie in her knitted wedding gown
When Angie sent us her photos with a sweet thank you note, it went a wee bit dusty in the room and I had to wipe my eyes.
'Thanks for making the bride beautiful' it read.
Well, thanks for the thanks but the bride is quite beautiful on her own, we only made the dress. Did I say dress? What I meant was 'er… cardi thing'. It's rarely that we get a bride with a complete idea of what she wants to wear and asks Nicola to make something so specific. 
Angie would be wearing a plain shift for her wedding, with a long floaty cardigan over it, incorporating a brooch clasp she already had. We, she told us, would be making the floaty cardi thing.
Angie knitted wedding gown
It's quite hard to come up with a term for the piece we made to answer her brief - cardi really doesn't do it justice. True, it's woolly and it fastens at the front. But that's where the resemblance ends. It's full length and floats open over the shift, all flowy and translucent. The sleeves are slightly belled and decorated with pointelle. And the collar is sculpted in our foxglove ruffles until it fastens at the clasp. It suits Angie perfectly.
The thing about a wedding dress is that it's there to look lovely and the bride to know that she looks fabulous - but once she's seen that she does, she also needs to forget she's wearing it - the day is not about the dress after all. It's about twining two lives together with friends and family and love. The dress is part of it, of course, but the merest glimmer on her consciousness - a little whisper in her ear that murmurs from time to time 'you look lovely today, just lovely, now enjoy this moment'. Wedding clothes are there to frame the moment, enhance the bride's beauty but not overshadow it. 
I am so proud of Angie's gown - I think it does just that and she shines! 

 * I'd quite like to add a little more Christopher Marlowe... this was taken from The Passionate Shepherd (a poem for a Makepiece bride!).


The Passionate Shepherd
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods or steepy mountain yields.
And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.
And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;
A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;
A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me and be my love.
The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.