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1940s Ivory Lace Wedding Dress

Added Sep 6, 2011

by thefabledneedle

Los Angeles, Cal...






Naturally, I had to make my dress even though husband and I decided on a short engagement. (OK, I guess it was mostly me that wanted to get married sooner than later and not spend a year + planning a wedding! We had been together for over 5 years and I just so looked forward to being married to my man.)

The lace is fabric I have been toting around for years originally intended for a maid of honor dress. The pattern is from 1948; the pattern is for a sundress but I loved the simplicity and square neckline so much I figured it would be just fine for a summer wedding dress. It turned out relatively easy and stress-free to make—thankfully!

The opening has hook and eye closures decorated with vintage foil-back glass flower buttons. The under dress has a tiered skirt and is made from the palest pink cotton batiste with nude lace straps. The petticoat/crinoline is vintage.

FYI: shoes are “Anita” from Remix Vintage Shoes!

Material Notes

lace, batiste




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Bridal, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Sep 9, 2011, 01.21 AMby Jamie Blank

    such a nice dress! Congrats

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    Sep 8, 2011, 09.18 PMby thefabledneedle

    Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and congrats! We recently celebrated our 2 year anniversary. :D

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    Sep 8, 2011, 02.27 PMby tamezdc

    Lovely dress.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 12.21 PMby BrittStitches

    Amazing! So beautiful

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    Sep 7, 2011, 08.23 AMby innuendo

    Very beautiful!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 06.34 AMby jwick5

    So pretty- I love a shorter dress for summer weddings, especially if it is outside. I have been to more than handful of outdoor weddings with the bride wearing long dresses and the bottoms then getting grass and other stains.

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      Sep 8, 2011, 09.17 PMby thefabledneedle

      I think this dress would have been lovely full length but August in Los Angeles can get pretty warm. Good point about the stains; a full length maid of honor dress I once wore to a summer wedding has many sad stains along the hem.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 05.30 AMby fabricaddict

    stunning!! i love that lace – congrats :-)

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    Sep 7, 2011, 03.19 AMby turtlegirl00

    this is such a wonderful dress! I love it—simple, elegant, timeless… perfect for a wedding!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 10.47 PMby milkyway


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    Sep 6, 2011, 10.10 PMby topsi89

    Such a sweet dress! Lovely! Congrats :)

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    Sep 6, 2011, 10.09 PMby topsi89

    Such a sweet dress! Lovely! Congrats :)

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    Sep 6, 2011, 07.26 PMby madebymeg

    very pretty. congrats!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 04.51 PMby julib

    Beautiful dress!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 01.45 PMby max

    How sweet!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 12.27 PMby kelepso


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    Sep 6, 2011, 07.21 AMby itetein

    Your wedding dress is really lovely. The straps are so beautiful!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 07.12 AMby cathysews

    This is really beautiful… lovely.

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    Sep 6, 2011, 07.12 AMby cathysews

    This is really beautiful… lovely.

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    Sep 6, 2011, 06.32 AMby freakusbzzz


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