Added Dec 22, 2009
Columbus, Ohio, ...
Since I’m posting my older work as a way to get/stay motivated, I thought I’d put up pictures of my wedding dress. I got married in 2003 at Megan’s Bay, St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands). Unfortunately, the only pictures I have scanned aren’t the best shots of my dress.
I used McCall’s 3944 (pictured) because I loved the simple silhouette and the sleeves. I also needed something lightweight, since it was hot! The pattern actually calls it a “Renaissance-style” wedding dress (maybe because of the sleeves?), but I don’t think mine ended up looking like that (hopefully not, since that’s not what I was going for).
I made it strapless and ruched across the chest (what a pain: hand gathers and minute stitches to keep it tacked uniformly). I wanted a corset style back, and it’s a little open (not quite as I conceptualized, but it worked). The sleeves and bottom of the chiffon layer were done in a narrow stitch using a serger, which was a quick, neat way to do it. I also made the sleeves detached from the dress so that I could take them off when eating at our reception. The dress only has a short train, and I added a wrist loop to hold it up when I danced (not pictured).
I did this in a muslin first to get the fit right during a 10-day period spent with my mom. She also made my veil. She attached 60 small handmade roses to the headpiece, trailed a few roses down the veil, and finished the edge with a wide sheer ribbon.
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