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Akina wedding dress

Added Dec 15, 2011

by Vivat Veritas

Tokyo, Japan






I made this wedding dress for my friend from high school. she came up with the elements of the dress she wanted (strapless, sweet heart neckline, wide waist band and big back bow with organza), and I put them together as a dress. we went to fabric shopping together to pick up fabrics and notions.

it took forever to make this, but the result was fulfilling. there are so many things that i would have done differently in retrospect (like the hem, you can see the stitches :( ), but i was generally happy with how it came out, and it fit her perfectly!

i wrote a series on my blog about my wedding dress making journey.

Material Notes

satin, organza, zipper, rhinestone, pearls, interface, underlining, horsehair braid




Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic
Lace/Sequins, Organza, Satin

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    Jan 16, 2012, 06.31 AMby ancoleeye

    Beautiful! You did a wonderful job and your friend is one lucky gal to have you as a friend!!! Its always easy to point out the faults and look past all the things you did amazingly well, the bodice is to die for. Well done

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    Jan 15, 2012, 11.50 AMby lovetessie

    Stunning! You have done such an amazing job!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 06.34 AMby imnotyrbabe


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    Jan 13, 2012, 06.35 PMby Lucypie

    beautiful, beautiful

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    Jan 13, 2012, 04.42 PMby wildcatspow

    This dress is stunning and your friend is a beautiful bride! Wonderful job!

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    Jan 13, 2012, 04.04 PMby barona

    Beautiful! She looks great. I followed your blog series, you worked hard! Congrats for the results.

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    Jan 8, 2012, 04.11 PMby alicewang

    This is stunning! well done!

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    Dec 17, 2011, 06.28 PMby tirrs

    really beautifull!!!!

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    Dec 17, 2011, 02.52 AMby lepetithoot

    Wow, what a great job! So beautiful. What a lucky girl to have gotten married in one of your creations. <3

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    Dec 17, 2011, 12.53 AMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Beautiful bride and beautiful dress! I really love everything about this dress, especially the wide waist band and the big bow on the back. Her hair piece and the bouquet complimented the dress. She’s very lucky to have a friend who tailor made her wedding dress. She will be a happy and gorgeous bride. :)

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      Jan 16, 2012, 12.41 AMby Vivat Veritas

      she was very happy about the wedding dress. it made me happy!

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    Dec 16, 2011, 12.16 PMby anajan

    Gorgeous dress and a beautiful bride. She’s lucky to have you as a friend. Regarding the hemline – we all learn from our own mistakes; however, the hemline isn’t that noticeable, so sit down and enjoy your success!

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    Dec 16, 2011, 12.37 AMby sala22

    simply gorgeous!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 08.44 PMby madebymeg

    this is gorgeous. great job!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 08.00 PMby iin

    Fab….very well made.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 06.50 PMby Cynthia Froman

    She looks gorgeous. You did a fabulous job!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 05.44 PMby suribabe

    How nice fo you to make that for your friend. The model is stunning. The dress looks fab on her.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 05.17 PMby dottty

    Absolutely gorgeous jj:)x

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    Dec 15, 2011, 04.33 PMby nidhi

    Gorgeous! Love it! That big bow is so perfect!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 04.18 PMby knswed

    Wow! That is a beautiful dress and fits your friend perfectly. Very nice.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 12.38 PMby Timea Schmidt

    It is a beautiful dress! Don’t worry, we all learn something from every project we make. Which is a good thing ! You did a marvelous job, I’m sure your friend is very happy with it.

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    Dec 15, 2011, 06.52 AMby micbrown

    beautiful, I wouldn’t have noticed the hem if you hadn’t metioned it. If you know a way of invisible hemming for this fabric please share it.

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      Dec 15, 2011, 07.00 AMby Vivat Veritas

      thank you! i would have underlined the skirt with silk organza, then hem the dress with horsehair braid. hand stitch the horsehair braid to the silk organza, instead of the fashion fabric, then you would not see the stitches at all!

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