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1950s inspired wedding dress

Added May 9, 2010

by redslippers

Townsville, Aust...






This is my wedding dress. It is my first serious clothes sewing effort. The bodice section is a modified variation of a McCalls pattern and the skirt and general dress concept from a Burda Style magazine, which featured wedding dresses.

What a learning experience! The most challenging part was getting the correct fit for the bodice. I found the adjustment for the fit was the most time consuming part and also very frustrating after what felt like about the twentieth attempt. In hindsight I think I would have added many more layers of interfacing to add stiffness to the bodice, although it does have boning (which I had not much of an idea how to add). I can quiet safely say that without the deadline of the wedding date, I’m not so sure this project would have been finished, but do feel like I have developed persistance of steel throughout the process. My goal is to sew prolificaly for the next few months to increase sewing skills and I am very interested in learning as much as possible about pattern drafting due to shear frustration of using comercial patterns!

Material Notes

Bridal satin




Garment Type
Satin, Tulle

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    Sep 3, 2011, 06.28 PMby handmadebyfreya

    Wow, I really love this dress, you did such a great job on it!

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    May 13, 2011, 06.05 PMby tirrs

    love it

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    Feb 6, 2011, 09.36 PMby madebymeg


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    May 23, 2010, 10.17 PMby redslippers

    thankyou very much everyone for your very kind words and encouragement!!

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    May 11, 2010, 03.33 AMby imogens

    Gorgeous Flo! But I don’t think the pics really do it/you justice!!!

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      May 11, 2010, 03.34 AMby imogens

      As in, it looked even more awesome in person :)

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    May 11, 2010, 01.27 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    The bodice is perfect, clearly worth all of your efforts! You were a beautiful bride and the gown is lovely. Congratulations on your marriage!

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    May 11, 2010, 12.30 AMby pambox

    wow, that is stunning. it must take so much guts to sew your own wedding dress!

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    May 10, 2010, 11.30 AMby ellietipps

    that dress is absolutely gorgeous!!! Well done and congratulations!!! :) xx

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    May 10, 2010, 03.59 AMby 6kidsathome

    both the dress and you are beautiful

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    May 9, 2010, 05.29 PMby suribabe

    Congradualions … You look amazing in your dress. You’ve done a fantastic job. I know the stress you have when making your own wedding dress. Please keep sewing and before you know your an expert!

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    May 9, 2010, 02.38 PMby simo-1

    You are wonderful in your beautiful dress! Congratulations

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    May 9, 2010, 01.29 PMby sair99

    Looks lovely. Well done. I made a wedding dress and some bridesmaid dresses for my friend. That was my first project since school and it definately gave me the sewing bug. So I hope it has done for you too. I know how stressful making wedding dresses can be and looks like you have done a perfect job.

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    May 9, 2010, 12.59 PMby sabinaholtby-1

    That is amazing. You are so cool.

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    May 9, 2010, 12.57 PMby wifemothercrafter

    One word-Beautiful! Congratulations to you on your wedding.

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    May 9, 2010, 11.07 AMby margrietmg

    Wow, really, really, really amazing! Really stunning. I’m curious which pattern you used for the skirt because I’m looking for a pattern like that for a long time. Could you please tell me? Congratulations on your wedding!

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      May 23, 2010, 10.15 PMby redslippers

      HI Margriet,
      thankyou very much for your lovely comments!
      The skirt pattern came from a burda style magazine from around middle of 2009- i’m sorry i don’t have the issue no etc because we have just moved to the uk without it. the pattern had instructions to draft the skirt and it is based on a full circle. i think the book ‘sew what skirts’ might have instructions similar for drafting this type of skirt. it was pretty straightforward to make i think

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    May 9, 2010, 10.15 AMby cd909

    Wow, this is absolutely stunning and you look amazing. Fantastic work! Congratulations on your wedding and best wishes for the future.

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    May 9, 2010, 09.23 AMby suzetewilliams

    You are a brave brave soul, but congratulations on your wedding and on finishing your dress. You look beautiful! It is something you will cherish always when you look back on your wedding dress and you know you made it. Perhaps you can even pass it on to your daughter with some alterations – you’ll be an expert by then. I wish you and you new husband and long life together.

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    May 9, 2010, 07.51 AMby hnolde

    You look beautiful and your dress looks beautiful! Congratulations!

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    May 9, 2010, 07.14 AMby susie17

    I love it when people make their own wedding dresses and has totally inspired me to make my own when I get married.

    This is such an elegant yet simple design. It looks lovely. Well done you on your first serious clothes project.

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    May 9, 2010, 06.05 AMby candicej

    It’s so beautiful. The bodice looks just perfect in the close up.

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    May 9, 2010, 05.39 AMby jaimesews

    well done! Absolutely beautiful.

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