A stitch in time

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on October 26, 2018

IT’S not every day a bride leaves organising her wedding dress until three months before her wedding.

But Albany’s Alicia Sims knew her mum Zoe Masters had the crocheting skills to pull off such a feat.

Ms Masters spent more than 1000 hours over three months crocheting a white sheath silhouette gown with “Cadbury purple” and lavender detailing, based on dimensions her daughter took herself and sent via text message, and on a loose pattern with “really badly translated Russian instructions”.

After agonising over it for so long, Ms Masters said she was nervous to see her daughter’s and family’s reactions to the dress on the big day.

“She was changing her mind about the pattern for about two weeks,” Ms Masters said.

“I said, ‘you need to make up your mind!’

“We had the first and only fitting about three weeks before the wedding, as I was living in Perth at the time, and that was only the top half of the dress…it was finished the night before the wedding.”

Ms Masters said both she, her daughter and her mother burst into tears when Ms Sims tried on the completed gown for the first time.

“It was a perfect fit,” she reminisced.

“Dan [fiancée] said he nearly cried when he saw her…he said his heart melted.”

When asked whether her daughter had a back-up plan should the dress not come together in time, Ms Masters laughed.

“Nope!” she said.

“That’s faith for ya!”

Ms Masters said her daughter loved her gown so much, it went along with her to a heavy metal music concert.

“Her and Dan skipped out on the reception early to go to a Disturbed concert,” she said.

“I said, ‘don’t you tear that dress!’”

The dress made its first public appearance outside of Ms Sim’s wedding at the Wedding and Event Gala Day at Elliot House earlier this month.

Ms Masters said the dress caught a few people’s eyes and attracted potential future clientele.

“My fingers have been itching to make another one,” she admitted.

“Because everything I make is a one-of-a-kind custom.

“If you are wearing something made by me, you can guarantee no one else will be wearing the same.”