Added Oct 26, 2010
London, United K...
In 1949 this was my grandmother’s wedding gown, but in 2010 I made it mine!
It started off as a high-necked, long sleeved gown with a large peplum and three foot train . It was way too small (30B!!) so I didn’t feel too bad in completely taking apart the bodice, pressing the pieces, reusing the original buttons, zipper, netting, and piping, and sewing a completely new bodice from the original silk satin (still in great shape after 60 years!). I used 85% couture methods based on Susan Khalje’s “Bridal Couture” book, with spiral steel boning, flannel underlining, and a blue silk crepe lining.
I used a free download pattern from the Brazilian pattern magazine, Manequim, as my starting point for the bodice, but I changed it around so much that the completed dress is much more Me than Them!
I’ve been posting throughout the entire process of designing, fitting, and sewing this gown (as well as two bridesmaids gowns!) on FehrTrade.com, so if the above links don’t work, you can see and read SO much more about our DIY Wedding by going to http://www.fehrtrade.com/tag?t=wedding
Original vintage silk satin from 1949 – the weight is similar to a heavyweight duchess satin purchased these days
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