05 March 2015

Update: MOG Wedding Dress #26



That's me...the little sailor girl.
I can tell by the look on my face and the pose
that I was busting to get the photo over and be on the move.
Either that or I was feeling pretty special in my outfit.
Ahhh...to be a sailor girl again. 

I have been working on my mother of the groom dress
for my son's wedding which is two weeks away.

I was inspired by this wonderful photo of my grandmother
at my parent's wedding in the 1950's.

She was a vision in midnight blue and her smile says it all.



I have two wedding dress ideas on the drawing board.
One is a simple dress in a fine midnight blue silk.
Clean lines, a special necklace and earrings.
Done...it's me.



We are doing a test run, making a sample dress
so that I can see if my idea works before 
setting needle and thread to the finished product.

The other idea is more of a stretch.
An asymmetrical statement jacket that is need of a dress.
It is elegant with clean lines. The dress will need
to be the subtler of the two and well balanced.




I am not a petite women so balance is everything.
It might be a long shot.
My dress maker is searching Saigon for the 
right fabric and colour. 



For those of you who know me...
and my love for lotus flowers. 
I wonder...just wonder...
if I may be channelling lotus 
flowers in this jacket.  ;)

Blooming in our garden this week...lotus flower

Speaking of colours and lotus blossoms
I also wanted to give you an update on 
Chateau Mango.

We decided to stay with our original theme.
Here are the choices we were given.


Next week...
the scaffolding goes up for an army of workmen
at the ready with cans of Persian Melon.
When in Vietnam...


along the Saigon River

Leaving you with post #26 of my
28 Day Writing Challenge
and I have just one thing to say about that.
Hallelujah!!
Two more to go!


Signing off from Chateau Mango
dreaming of midnight blue and Persian melon.
28 Day Writing Challenge #26
Vietnam Time

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28 Day Writing Challenge
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#26 Update: MOG wedding dress

21 comments:

  1. Oh I am getting so excited............What a beautiful choice they both are.................I love the lotus flowers too but what ever you choose you will look beautiful. I can hardly wait to hear everything about the wedding day. Love Jeanne

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    1. Thanks so much Jeanne...and thank you for being such a good reader of my 28 Day Writing Challenge. You are a star! :)

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  2. Jeanne,

    Both choices sound fabulous but I like the idea of the lotus flower jacket! It sounds stunning and the fabric is as well.

    I cannot wait to see which choice you go with.

    I have so enjoyed your 28 day challenge, I will be sad when it is over.

    Have a beautiful day!

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    1. It's been wonderful to chat with you again Elizabeth, like old times. Thanks so much for following along and for your vote on the lotus flower jacket. xx

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  3. almost at the end + love the navy blue dress + can't wait! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    1. Thank you Peggy...I don't think I can go wrong with the blue. Let's see how the dressmaker gets on with it. Thanks so much for reading along..:)

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  4. What a beautiful choice of fabrics. I envy your access to these and all those gorgeous silks. Can't wait for the final photos - you will look fabulous! P.S. Best wishes to the bride and groom on their special day! Cathy.

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    1. Thank you Cathy, much appreciated!! :)

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  5. Although I am very much a bright colors kinda gal, I must say the soft midnight blue silk is very enticing. Certainly meets all the specs on my color wheel. 😊 Some simple elegant jewels would be smashing with the midnight blue as well, and I'll bet REAL flowers will be a great back-drop. Do give us a preview of all; as you know, most of your readers love to opine when requested.

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    1. Thank you Judy....as always, I apprecaited your thoughts! :)

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  6. The dresses sound so exciting. I hope you will keep us updated on your choice and the chateau painting project. It is hard to tell how close it is to mango! We are going to miss your daily writing challenge. It has been so much fun following you on a daily basis. I guess we have been spoiled!!
    Farm Gal in VA

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    1. You are very kind Farm Gal, I have enjoyed it but certainly look forward to giving my readers a breather, especially those of you trying to manage your "inbox". Thanks so much for reading along! :)

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  7. P.S. I forgot to say that I do believe you look like your lovely grandmother. Her smile certainly says that she was enjoying the day very much!

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    1. Thank you Judy, I have been told that by family members who knew her at my age. :)

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  8. Ooooo...such lovely choices!

    I can definitely picture the blue silk with a beautiful piece of artistic jewelry...maybe silver with abalone?...or is abalone too casual for the wedding?

    The lotus flower jacket sounds fabulous too! Anything asymmetrical is always slimming (having no idea what you look like, but knowing most of us want to at least look slimmer!...especially for a wedding!).

    What would you feel most comfortable wearing? What do you want to be remembered in from that special day? What would look best in photos?

    My tip (not that you asked, or anything) is: wear comfortable shoes. No one will ever remember your shoes, and you'll be on your feet quite a bit.

    So excited to see your choice!

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    1. All good tips Kate, thank you! You are so right about the shoes. I bought two different pairs and can tell already which ones I WON'T be wearing. What a difference a season makes. I tried the shoes on in a shop in Connecticut on a cold winter's day. I put them on when I returned to steamy Saigon and OUCH! Wished I had gone up 1/2 size. I should know better. ;)

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  9. Can't wait to see your outfits

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  10. Hi Jeanne ---- hmmmm. I love the blue which is elegant and stylish but I wonder whether the flowered dress and jacket will suit the venue more? You haven't said what style of wedding is planned and I wonder if it is a less formal, more outdoorsy summery wedding as you are all so lucky to be able to have in warmer countries? If so may be the colourful jacket will seem more joyful? Especially if most of the party is outside during the day. The blue silk is what I would choose for a London wedding. I am certain though from everything I have seen of you that you have a very sure style and will look wonderful. As will Mr H -- is he giving his outfit much thought?! C x

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  11. Dear Jeanne:
    Having been the mother of the same bride twice, I know well the joyous yet slightly panicked feeling of needing to look just right. Both choices are wonderful, but I can't help agreeing with Ceri..the blue feels a bit too formal, while the lotus-like jacket and dress have just a tad more of an edge, and would be venue and climate appropriate. You might find that a removable jacket is a godsend! Certainly agree with all your fans, you'll look lovely in either.

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