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Hi! This is my first and probably most important (to me) post!

I am going to get married to the most wonderful man next June (2012) and really want to make my own wedding dress. Partly because we’re on a budget; partly because even if we had more money, I don’t think I could bring myself to spend thousands of dollars on a dress; and mostly because I’d love to walk down the aisle in something I worked so hard on that will mean much more to me than something I bought.

Anyway. My issue is that I really want something similar to Olivia Wilde’s 2008 Reem Acra dress and I don’t know where to start. If anyone can give any sort of advice, I’d really appreciate it!

(btw: I’m also not very skilled in adding links/images to this, so apologies if you can’t see the picture. Google searching it is really easy though…)


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    Feb 2, 2011, 09.35 PMby bjr99

    I would begin by looking at pattern books. There may be a pattern that is similar to this dress. If not you may be able to find the bodice on one pattern and the skirt on another. You can then combine the two patterns. I would certainly make at least one muslin of this dress and do all of your fittings and alterations on a muslin. When the muslin is perfect then you go to the real fabric. Keep in mind that this could easily take several muslins and fittings before you get the dress to the point you want. Since the wedding is over a year away you have plenty of time. I would start now though so you can allow enough time to work out any bugs.

    I can tell you from experience that it is so rewarding to walk down that aisle in your own dress.

    Good luck on the search and sewing and congratulations on the engagement!

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    Feb 3, 2011, 09.14 AMby sewingfan1

    It’s a stunning dress. I agree with bjr99, would definitely practice on cheaper fabric first as I’ll bet it’s not a simple dress to make. I wonder how you’d get the shoulders to “sit” in place, do you think there is some kind of wiring within the beaded fabric to hold the shape?

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    Feb 3, 2011, 08.32 PMby alicerain

    @sewingfan1: I’m pretty sure that’s double-sided tape on her shoulders. But, I bet you could use some sort of wire in there to hold those pieces in place.

    As bjr99 suggested, it would be well worth your while to create a muslin or two. You could look through pattern books, or you could just try experimenting with draping on a mannequin.

    I hope you create a perfect dress. Good luck!

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      Feb 4, 2011, 09.43 AMby sewingfan1

      You know, I never think of using double sided tape, that could work well.

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    Feb 3, 2011, 10.31 PMby henniem

    Yes, it’s a beautiful dress..can see why you want it :) Id say the same..start looking at pattern books and search online for vintage patterns – Very difficult to find something identical but id put different patterns together, ie one for top, one for skirt and maybe waist bad and one for shoulders..

    Good luck and Congratulations :)

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    Feb 4, 2011, 11.31 AMby lie

    I don’t think the sleeves will be that much of a problem. Well, that is if you manage to create the back the same way as on the original. This is a link to the picture of the back: http://shopgirlclosetcravings.blogspot.com/2008/09/olivia-wilde-emmy-best-dressed-winner.html

    If you don’t know how to drape (I wouldn’t know how to start either), combining different patterns is probably the best way to create this dress.

    I wish you lots of luck on creating your dress and on the wedding!!!

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    Mar 28, 2011, 04.15 PMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    I have been making a dress on my blog and have posted some tutorials on my blog sewcountrychick Just click the label making Marias wedding dress.
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    Feb 9, 2013, 06.39 PMby Snapper

    How did you get on with making the Olivia dress?

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