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My Handmade Wedding Guest ensemble

Added Dec 19, 2011

by bluephin

Qld, Australia






My sister-in-law got married this December and thinking that it’ll be on a hot Sydney summer day, I decided to go sleeveless.

Originally envisioned a one shoulder dress in nude color, but both the color and neckline style changed. When I found out that the bridesmaids would be wearing a nude coloured dress, I had to look for another color; thus, this somewhat pearlish-purple color. Also ended up to be strapless after failing to draft a one-shoulder bodice (I do not want to buy a new pattern).
First time to try my hand on using boning. Also made the earring and bracelet that I wore with the dress. 4th photo is the beading I did on the lace. 5th photo is my sketch of the original design.

More photos and story at my blog

Material Notes

crepe-back satin, charmeuse for lining, swaroski bicone, seed beads, lace




Garment Type

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    Dec 21, 2011, 04.23 PMby turtlegirl00

    this is gorgeous! I love it—they have a dress (not as long) on modcloth with that style pleating at the chest and I drool every time i see it—it is stunning! fabulous job!

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      Dec 21, 2011, 11.03 PMby bluephin

      it was an ambitious design, and the handwork is really too much work. but the end result is well worth it.

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    Dec 21, 2011, 02.18 AMby blueartisan

    Beautiful spin on the strapless look! Very nice!

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      Dec 21, 2011, 11.02 PMby bluephin

      thank you. :)

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    Dec 20, 2011, 11.28 PMby schnui

    Your dress is beautiful and the colour gorgeous. I bet you froze in Sydney as I have heard that summer hasn’t arrived yet. Well done, the dress and jewelry are beautiful.

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      Dec 21, 2011, 01.10 AMby bluephin

      thanks for the nice words. You bet I did froze… the ceremony was in an outdoor garden and the wind was just chilly. lucky it was just 20 minutes max. I ended up buying a shawl on the day just to have something to throw over my shoulders. talk about unpredictable weather!

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