The Wedding Dress

My best friend made her own wedding dress, and my dress as her maid of honor, back in 1972.  I wonder if anyone still makes her own these days.



Here’s a poem by Irish poem Michael Longley:


THE PATTERN     by Michael Longley


Thirty-six years, to the day, after our wedding

When a cold figure-revealing wind blew against you

And lifted your veil, I find in its fat envelope

The six-shilling Vogue pattern for your bride’s dress,

Complicated instructions for stitching bodice

And skirt, box pleats and hems, tissue-paper outlines,

Semblances of skin, which I nervously unfold

And hold up in snow light, for snow has been falling

On this windless day, and I glimpse your wedding dress

And white shoes outside in the transformed garden

Where the clothesline and every twig have been covered.


simplicity pattern 1

wedding dress pattern

snow clothesline


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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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