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Big News + Sewing A Wedding Dress!

Jose Vivanco and Bianca Santori, engagement announcement | Vintage on Tap

I’m happy to announce that there’s an engagement at Vintage on Tap HQ šŸ’

The blog and YouTube channel is Jose and my combined effort and it was only right to let you guys know the news!

Jose and I have been together for five years and he proposed to me when we were on vacation in Italy last month. I go into the proposal story in my vlog video, but just some highlights:

  • Venice at 1am is absolutely beautiful.
  • The canals are gorgeous, quiet, and private– perfect for intimate moments and happy tears.
  • Albondiga the Cat is involved!

Definitely watch the video if you want to know more about the moment he asked!

Jose Vivanco and Bianca Santori, engagement announcement | Vintage on Tap
This photo was taken shortly after he asked, in front of St. Mark’s Basilica!

There was no hesitation in our decision to show you guys the wedding planning process.

Of course, this blog is focused solely on sewing, but showing you some of the behinds the scenes process might sneak into projects and videos here and there. No, we don’t see ourselves doing videos about how to decorate centerpieces for the reception (…probably!)– but some of the inspiration, color stories, and more formalized photos might make their way onto our Instagram and into behind the scenes videos.

Of course, the Pinterest board for the wedding has already started to be built.

Vintage on Tap engagement announcement

However, one of the biggest components to the wedding is… the wedding dress.

And Yes: I’ll be sewing my own wedding dress!

After some back and forth, I decided that sewing my own dress would be the way to go. When I brought it up to Jose as a possibility, his reaction was 100% one of the MANY reasons I adore him:

“Of course you should make your dress! It’ll do really well on the channel.”

Jose’s answer was frank, without hesitation, and shows just how involved he is in Vintage on Tap’s success, that it wasn’t even a question!

Sewing fancy dresses is already something I do for this blog so I’m not scared of the process.

Check out a couple of the dresses I’ve made previously:

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, silk dupioni | @VintageonTap

For a holiday sewing collaboration, I sewed a pinup holiday dress in red silk dupioni, with full underlining and couture sewing details. Click here to watch the sewing tutorial video for this dress.Ā 

Butterick B5814, Cocktail Dress, staring at the floor | @vintageontap

I’ve also used super expensive anĀ acetone/viscose Italian crepe for this hand sewn cocktail dress. This blue dress included spiral steel boning and had a lined top. Click here to learn more about sewing this pinup style cocktail dress.

Being intimidated by sewing a wedding dress is not something I’m overtly concerned about.

However, my reservations are around:

  • Deciding on a pattern.
  • Sourcing the materials I want to use at a price I’m willing to pay.
  • The process of sewing WHILE there’s also a bunch of other things happening at the same time.

Jose Vivanco and Bianca Santori, engagement announcement | Vintage on Tap

The wins for making my own wedding dress are epic, though.

Wins include:

  • Making a custom, one of a kind dress.
  • Controlling the quality, in and out.
  • Making it relatively “cheap” by couture-level wedding dress standards.
  • Splurging on aspects of the dress that I find important.
  • Stretching my sewing skills and really embracing making a Once in the Lifetime dresses.

Of course, there’s still a lot to think about, plan, and all that jazz. But I want to be able to share the sewing a wedding dress process with you!

Please use the form above to let me know you’re interested in knowing more about the sewing process! Depending on how many people sign up, I’ll be able to get a better gauge of how much in-dept knowledge I share and film for this process.

Who knows- maybe it’ll lead to a full fledge Sewing a Wedding Dress series?

I would love to be able to share a beginning-to-end wedding dress sewing process: the fabric selection, the sewing pattern selection, the fitting, the initial muslins, and then the sewing details to take it over the top.

The wedding is still a ways away, so videos about sewing a wedding dress will be forthcoming. But I would love if you were a part of it.

Vintage on Tap, engagement announcement | Vintage on Tap


  1. Congratulations! I knew Italy was going to be sew special for you!!! :-) Can’t wait to see your ideas and inspiration!!!
    Best wishes all the way around! I am so happy for you!

  2. I’m so happy for you both!! Congratulations! <3 This is such wonderful, exciting news and I wish you both the best – and good luck on sewing your wedding dress!! I know it will be stunning! :)

    I've been watching your videos for gosh, about two years now (since I started sewing!) and love your channel and blog by the way!

    • Thank you so much for watching, Emily! It means so much to me that you’ve enjoyed the work!

      And can’t wait to get started with the sewing of this EPIC project. I really have to spend some time devouring inspiration images and magazines haha. BRB- falling into a Pinterest rabbit hole haha!

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