Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Bucky's "The Dress"

Added Apr 12, 2011

by mojo elgin

Bloomdale, Unite...






When my baby sister needed a wedding dress 13 years ago, she found one she loved in a magazine. ($8,000. OUCH!) She brought me the picture and asked if I could make it. I combined two patterns to get the shape she wanted. (don’t remember them, but probably still have them around here).

We bought a yard of heavyweight lace, thousands of pearly beads, and got to work. We cut the medallions from the lace and hand-beaded them. (Yes, I finally taught my little sis to sew!) I used the edge of the lace to create the scallop at the top of the skirt, then appliqued the medallions to the chiffon overskirt. They were added densely at the top, gradually becoming sparser towards the hem. I lightly beaded a lace trim for the hem.
She wanted buttons, no zipper, so I covered dozens of buttons.
I did a rough estimate of the beads: around 10,000.

Total cost: $300. Time spent with my sis: priceless. Her glowing face: priceless. :)

Material Notes

Crepe-backed satin, chiffon, beads, beads, beads, about 70 (no, really) coverable buttons




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Chiffon, Lace/Sequins, Satin

6 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Dsc01330_large

    Aug 23, 2013, 07.05 PMby nishavinod2009

    Unbelievably beautiful! amazing! Salute for the hard work put in to making this dress

    1 Reply
    • 100_8780_large

      Aug 29, 2013, 02.26 AMby mojo elgin

      Thank you! It was truly a labor of love. She’s my sweet baby sister :)

  • Img_1281_large

    Apr 15, 2012, 04.35 PMby alei

    Fantastic workmanship. I love the details with the pearly beads and I love the priceless and beautiful story.

    1 Reply
    • 100_8780_large

      Apr 16, 2012, 02.12 AMby mojo elgin

      For six months, we met every Wednesday at my house to go over what we had finished during the week. We both enjoyed the “sister time”. :)

  • Missing

    Apr 16, 2011, 04.48 PMby SueBsewing

    It is beautiful! Awesome job!

    1 Reply
    • 100_8780_large

      Apr 18, 2011, 02.25 AMby mojo elgin

      Thank you. I was happy to do it for/with her.

  • Pc310016_large

    Apr 14, 2011, 10.39 PMby peaches2218

    This really should have cleared up any doubts she had about whether or not you adore her, lol. What amazing patience! I tip my hat to you.

    1 Reply
    • 100_8780_large

      Apr 18, 2011, 02.24 AMby mojo elgin

      Oh, I’ve adored her since the day she was born! Mom called me her little mommy. (she’s the youngest of seven of us)

  • Grflagge_large

    Apr 12, 2011, 05.49 AMby Douli Bee

    OMG!! It’s amazing!!!! Great great great work!!!

    1 Reply
    • 100_8780_large

      Apr 18, 2011, 02.22 AMby mojo elgin

      Thanks. It really was fun!

  • 267619_10150240216071864_592951863_7584678_5036718_n_large

    Apr 12, 2011, 02.37 AMby Priscilla Folley

    Oh, the work!! Looks beautiful

    1 Reply
    • 100_8780_large

      Apr 12, 2011, 03.16 AMby mojo elgin

      Thank you :)
      It was a labor of love…

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites no one added it