Added Apr 11, 2010
I got married recently. When I got engaged six months earlier, I decided to make my own wedding dress. I had a few reasons for doing this, most importantly it was something that I’d always secretly wanted to do, but it also meant that my fiance & I save a lot of money. Finally, I found that most dress stores in Melbourne were telling me that they were too busy & couldn’t get a dress ready for my in time (I was giving them 4-5 months notice).
I think it’s pretty clear that I was heavily inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. I did swap the heavy Chantilly lace for a lighter embroidered tulle, as I got married in early March & there was a possibility that the temperature would be 35+C. The corset was made using Simplicity pattern, 5006 & the rest of the dress was made using an altered version of a vogue pattern, V2979. I was really happy with how it turned out. I learnt a lot about dress making in the process & I really enjoyed making it. It’s not perfect & there are a few (well hidden) flaws, but on the day I felt REALLY proud walking down the aisle in it. It’s something that I’ll always treasure.
I dedicated a few posts to the construction of this dress on my blog, http://orchidsinmay.typepad.com/orchids-in-may/
P.S I also made the veil, but that was pretty easy by comparison…
Update: I’ve had so many lovely comments about the quality of the photos I thought I should add a credit for my super star photographer, Tatiana from Red Butterfly photography. Her website is www.redbutterfly.com.au
Update Number 2: I’ve added the details of how I made this dress to the instructions section. I’ve tried to make it as detailed as possible, however, a intermediate knowledge of sewing is assumed. One word of warning if you are attempting to make a wedding dress yourself. Remember that it’s white, & probably silk & that if it gets dirty it will probably stain. You will need to clean EVERYTHING. Even then you’ll need to be careful, on some occasions I put down clean white cotton sheets to protect the dress from surfaces.
For more details please visit my blog, Orchids In May.
Corset Front Facing: Silk Dupion
Corset Interfacing: Heavyweight white sew in interfacing
Corset Lining: Silk Dupion
Corset Boning: White sew in boning
Sash: Silk Dupion
Skirt Front Facing: Silk Dupion
Skirt Lining: Rayon
Lace: Embroidered Tulle
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