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A Wedding Dress

Added Jul 20, 2010

by feldmantcat

Nashua, New Hamp...






My friend was having a very small wedding with a simple outdoor ceremony and a casual dinner at a restaurant for a reception, so she needed a simple yet elegant dress. She couldn’t find anything in the bridal salons that met her style requirements or her budget, so I offered to make her dress. Fortunately she chose a very simple design. She showed me the inspiration dress from David’s Bridal, but requested a tea length hem. I drafted the bodice and then used two other commercial patterns for the skirt and the bodice lining. I didn’t really have any directions to follow as I was doing an outer layer in lace and a lining in silk, so I kind of made the construction process up as I went along.

Material Notes

The silk was ivory, not sure what kind but had really nice drape and felt very smooth. It was $25/yard. The lace was $17/yard. I used two yards of each but ended up with a lot of leftover lace for some reason. This was my first time sewing with either material. I really wasn’t sure how to deal with the lace, especially since I needed to deal with the hem and the cap sleeves. I turned the neckline edges under of the lace and then trimmed the cap sleeves to go with the design of the lace to create a scalloped look. For the hem, I originally cut the skirt so the selvedge of the lace was the hem, but of course it was not even because it was a circular hem. I ended up cutting off the original and then taking the remaining selvedge from the leftover fabric and attaching that to make a new even hem.




Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Lace/Sequins, Silk

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    Jul 28, 2010, 09.17 PMby Pearlie Campbell

    I just started back sewing and I am so thrilled at the projects that’s coming my way. I think you did a nice job on your friens wedding dress. I wanted to make a blouse using lace and you have given me more motivation to atempt to do the project. Thank u.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 11.24 AMby cloeber

    What pattern was used….I need a mother if the bride drees and would love this pattern

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      Jul 28, 2010, 04.53 PMby feldmantcat

      The lace bodice was self drafted; the skirt and silk bodice were loosely based on this pattern McCalls 5383 – Laura Ashley Evening Elegance

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    Jul 28, 2010, 10.58 AMby msschiel

    Simply beautiful! I love simple and elegant.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 02.59 AMby d-lyn

    It looks just heavenly! It sound like you did just the right thing with the lace. Because lace doesn’t ravel designers cut out motifs from lace and arrange them how they like and sew them together as one fabric. Beautiful gown.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 05.11 PMby suribabe

    So simpel, but very elegant and beautiful. She looks lovely. You’ve done a good job.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 12.05 AMby redhouse7

    The dress is beautiful. What a wonderful gift for the bride to have her dress made with so much love by a fabulous friend.

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    Jul 25, 2010, 09.48 PMby sahar3365

    W/ell done as it was your first time dealing with either materials .next time you will find it easier

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    Jul 25, 2010, 04.25 PMby quiltergirl53

    Beautiful. Great use of the fabrics and construction.

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    Jul 25, 2010, 05.36 AMby kajsasyr

    that’s stunning! I bet she loved it. Well done.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 07.24 PMby beebo1004

    Very beautiful dress and very similar to one I wore as a bridesmade to my sister it was very expensive and my favourite dress of all time, I wish i had found it in time for my wedding. congrats to you and the beautiful bride.

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    Jul 22, 2010, 08.48 AMby hdk100

    You and your friend should be very proud! Sounds like it was a lot of work… Beautiful dress!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 01.10 AMby erdronen

    Wow! It is so beautiful! nice work with the lace- I really love the look :)

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    Jul 21, 2010, 03.03 PMby tamezdc

    Very romantic, clasic, and feminine! Excellent job.

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    Jul 21, 2010, 03.41 AMby aurorat

    Incredible!! Very cute and classy!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 01.43 AMby melonhead

    Wow great job! Your friend looks stunning in it! It must have been a beautiful wedding.

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    Jul 20, 2010, 11.53 PMby marvage

    Lovely! You did a great job. What a nice thing to do for a friend.

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