Added Apr 12, 2011
by mojo elgin
When my baby sister needed a wedding dress 13 years ago, she found one she loved in a magazine. ($8,000. OUCH!) She brought me the picture and asked if I could make it. I combined two patterns to get the shape she wanted. (don’t remember them, but probably still have them around here).
We bought a yard of heavyweight lace, thousands of pearly beads, and got to work. We cut the medallions from the lace and hand-beaded them. (Yes, I finally taught my little sis to sew!) I used the edge of the lace to create the scallop at the top of the skirt, then appliqued the medallions to the chiffon overskirt. They were added densely at the top, gradually becoming sparser towards the hem. I lightly beaded a lace trim for the hem.
She wanted buttons, no zipper, so I covered dozens of buttons.
I did a rough estimate of the beads: around 10,000.
Total cost: $300. Time spent with my sis: priceless. Her glowing face: priceless. :)
Crepe-backed satin, chiffon, beads, beads, beads, about 70 (no, really) coverable buttons
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