Added Sep 25, 2008
Hazel Park, Mich...
I made this a few years back when I was working at a high-end fabric store. They asked me to make a wedding gown for store display using that new iridescent taffeta, and this is the result! They still use this gown for displays and fashion shows from time to time :)
They asked me to use a pattern (maybe a Vogue?) for the basic princess shape so they could display it with the gown. I don’t remember which one, but it was very simple.
The taffeta is tacked to the dress in various spots throughout the front of the skirt to give it that crinkled effect. The flowers in back are just hanging from narrow satin ribbons. The coolest part, which you can’t see in the photos, is that I actually threaded pink and green thread through the beads in the lace to outline the flower motifs and tie in the colors in the rest of the gown.
This gown was a lot of work, but well worth it.
Ivory silk taffeta
Iridescent pink/green (looks purple) silk taffeta
Beaded French Chantilly lace
Nylon tulle in ivory and pale pink
Silk organza (underlining)
Acetate taffeta (lining)
Horsehair braid (hem)
Manufactured “silk” flowers (which I re-manufactured quite a bit!)
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