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Berta Inspired Wedding Gown

Added Aug 4, 2015

by mbuchanan1

Austin, United S...






A friend of a friend asked me to make her wedding gown. She felt in love with a Berta gown but could’nt afford the $8000 price tag. Here is my version.
The gown is made out of chantilly lace, underlined with 4-ply silk crepe, and lined with silk charmeuse.
The bodice is underlined and lined with silk organza to help support the weight of the appliques and beadings. The gown has hand appliques cut from 5 different guipure laces and hand beaded with over 2000 glass pearls of different sizes and shapes. The laces were in all different shades of whites so I had to tea dye all of them, including 9 yards of chantilly lace, to get a consistent shade of light ivory which give the gown a vintage feel. I lost tract of how many hours it took me to do the applique and beading. The hem alone, with the built-in train, requires 9 yards of lace trim which took me over 6 hours to hand applique. Needless to say the bride was very happy with the finished gown.

Material Notes

Chantilly lace, guipure laces, 4-ply silk crepe, silk charmeuse, silk organza, souffl net (for the sheer part), glass pearls.




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    Jan 21, 2016, 06.13 PMby blackorchidjd

    I love this gown, so beautiful!!!!!!

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    Sep 24, 2015, 12.00 AMby Asaliha

    Wow! This is fabulous!

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    Aug 19, 2015, 07.32 AMby KerryBells

    i’d love to see a photo of the bride wearing it. it’s beautiful

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      Feb 10, 2017, 12.12 AMby mbuchanan1

      Just added a few pictures of the bride wearing the gown.

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    Aug 6, 2015, 09.35 AMby sonjazelfmaak

    Making a wedding dress is so special. Well done: it looks great.

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    Aug 5, 2015, 02.41 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    beautiful piece of art congratulations

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    Aug 5, 2015, 12.31 PMby sewing fanatic

    such a grand dress with beautiful detailing ;)

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    Aug 5, 2015, 07.39 AMby martinK

    amazing work of sewing! You have my big admiration!

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    Aug 5, 2015, 07.15 AMby Luda Tomashevska

    So great job! And the train is gorgeous! I like trains!

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    Aug 5, 2015, 06.46 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    wow! This is Stunning!! Fabulous work!

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