Added Jul 23, 2011
Orange County, C...
I was reading Adriana Orozco’s comments on her page, Modern Lace for the Synagogue and saw where she asked Peaches2218 “When will we see your wedding gown”. It gave me an idea. Wouldn’t it be fun if everyone in this community on Burda who ever made their wedding gown/dress posted it? I’m willing to start things off!
I was married in 1989 so styles have changed somewhat but we can still appreciate the work that goes into the dress. Sorry I don’t have many details of the work. The wedding photographer wasn’t interested in them. He was focused on the wedding event.
I used sheer embroidered fabric and sewed small pearls onto the centers of each flower. I found sheer pre-ruffled fabric by the yard for the shoulders and the “v” back. The ruffles finished edge was already trimmed with small pearls – less work for me. I used a few layers of the ruffle at the base of the dress’s “v” back to create a little poof. I cut the skirt fabric so that the scalloped edge was at the hemline. There was a lot of embroidery at the bottom which grew less and less as it moved up toward the waist. At that point it was simply plain sheer. I cut the bodice so the scalloped edge ended at the waist. My favorite feature of this dress was the divine scrolled lace I used along the “v” back. And I don’t have one good close up picture of it! It’s a shame. The back skirt of the dress was cut much wider than the slim front which gave it the look of a train but not one that dragged the floor. I also made the bridesmaid’s dresses with a different fabric but same pattern. Adriana would have had all this done in 15 minutes. It took me weeks.
Funny Story! The sheer ruffles on the shoulders were very soft fabric and would just lay down on the shoulder if nothing was done to them. My idea was to starch them. Unfortunately when I tried that the starch left tiny white spots on the sheer fabric. It was 2 days before the wedding and I was in a panic. How was I going to get those ruffles to stand up??? At the last minute I crimped strips of aluminum foil as though I were making a row of ruffles. With hair clips, I attached the foil between each row of ruffles (there were 3 on each shoulder). Then I used hair spray on each layer – a lot! I let it all dry overnight. The next day I took out the foil and clips. There were no spots and those layers were standing at perfect attention! And they stayed that way even during the humid outdoor ceremony.
Now that I’ve shared mine. Where’s yours?
embroidered sheer, solid sheer ruffles, satin lining, pearls
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