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burda 3/2008 #116 vintage style wedding dress

Added Jul 26, 2011

by nouvellegamine

San Francisco, C...






my 4 year anniversary approaches on august 2nd! i can’t believe it’s been 4 years already. my husband mikael is my absolute dream man. now that we have karl i don’t have much time to sew, although after i’m done with my current art project i’m going to take a month off from painting and make something- anything!

i’ve always wanted to make my wedding dress. i originally chose a vintage vogue pattern but adding 2" to the length of the torso was going to prove too difficult. i happened to browse through my then newest issue of burda and fell in love.

issue 3/08 had a bridal pattern inspired by wallis simpson’s wedding gown. it was perfect! easy to add length to the torso and skirt and easy to add width to the hips. i made a muslin first and worked out the kinks, mostly fitting through my hips. my measurements then were 34"-25"-38".
made from champagne silk shantung. i omitted the belt bc i loved the triple darts in the front and wanted to show them off.

a few more details and photos may be found here:

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jan 23, 2016, 12.38 AMby Allison Alcorn

    This is beautiful! How do you get a copy of the pattern? Getting married in June! Love this!!!

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    Sep 12, 2015, 10.13 AMby caecilie82

    Hi again. Just wanted to say a massive thanks for the pattern. My dress is now finished, has been used for purpose and the pics are up on my account if you wanted to check it out ( not as nice as yours but there though) :)

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    Feb 1, 2015, 06.21 PMby Tracey Trehearn

    Hi. You look gorgeous and the dress is stunning. I’ve been looking for this pattern to wear to my vow renewal but can’t find it. I’ve been married 30 years so wanted to wear a 1930s styled dress. Would you ever consider selling me the pattern please.? I’d be so very grateful but would of course understand if the answer is no. Best regards, Tracey

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    Jan 22, 2015, 05.45 PMby caecilie82

    Hi thank you so much! I’d really appreciate that :) I’ve now sent you my email. Xx

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      Jan 23, 2015, 05.36 PMby nouvellegamine

      send me your email through the message system here :)

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    Jan 22, 2015, 04.45 AMby caecilie82

    Hi. Just love your dress, and your pics. You look terrible in love<3 I am getting married in august this year and I was hoping to use this pattern for my dress. So i was wondering if you would send it to me if still have it lying around? and if you want to share it of course.


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      Jan 22, 2015, 05.17 PMby nouvellegamine

      Hi there- I’ll look through my files and see if I still have it :)

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    Nov 10, 2013, 07.38 PMby kelly botterill

    Hi, your dress is amazing. I am wanting to make my own wedding dress and love the look of yours. Do you know how I could get hold of the pattern as I can’t seem to find it online.

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    Jun 26, 2013, 10.39 PMby MsMo001

    Your wedding dress is absolutely stunning! I have been searching for this pattern for a while. If I send you an email, would you be able to send me the scanned copy you have?

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      Jun 26, 2013, 10.47 PMby nouvellegamine

      sure! :)
      I’ll check my spam folder too. Sometimes things get lost in there.

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    Apr 2, 2013, 09.29 PMby adribog

    OMG – I am so in love with this dress – can you please send me the pattern too??? I just emailed you also :))

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    Jan 22, 2013, 02.44 AMby Noel Fry

    This dress is so goregous and i desperately want to make it for my wedding but cannot get ahold of this pattern anywhere….is there any way you would be willing to send it to me?

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    Aug 2, 2012, 05.17 AMby dawnbarton5099

    The dress is indeed beautiful! You did a fantastic job. I’m looking for a pattern for my daughter’s wedding in 6 weeks and this one seems just perfect. If you would be so kind to please share the pattern again, I’d be very grateful! Thank you! BTW happy anniversary.

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    May 23, 2012, 05.50 PMby carottesauvage

    Hum!! love this dress!!!! pattern swap? :)

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      May 24, 2012, 03.23 PMby nouvellegamine

      i scanned it a year or so ago. would you like me to email it to you?

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      May 24, 2012, 08.05 PMby carottesauvage

      Oh thanks That would be great!

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    Feb 1, 2012, 10.36 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    I love this pattern. Beautiful execution I love that you used the silk. You look amazing!

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    Dec 6, 2011, 10.31 PMby melbonv

    Hello You ;) Your dress is just magic… And you looked so happy together… If by any chance you find the time to scan the model for me I would the most grateful happy sewer… On this plead, All the best for your beloved and married life ;)

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      May 25, 2012, 05.11 PMby nouvellegamine

      i’m so sorry, i just noticed this comment. i think Burdastyle might have been having activity issues & i missed it. Would you still like me to send you the pattern?

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    Aug 6, 2011, 07.54 AMby urbandon

    Wonderful! My sister made her wedding dress and I think that making them makes them one hundred times more beautiful and traditional.

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      Aug 7, 2011, 12.57 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you! it definitely felt personal to make my dress, even from a commercial pattern, just like my grandma had done back in the 40s :)

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    Aug 3, 2011, 02.55 AMby susanne2011

    Your dress is absolutely stunning, I love it so much! I have been looking for a cool dress pattern for a wedding dress for a long time and this one is absolutely fabulous. You did an awesome job.

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      Aug 3, 2011, 06.18 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you!

      i don’t think they have it for sale on the german website. i have the burda page itself scanned if you need it.

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    Aug 1, 2011, 06.47 AMby sophienissirios

    This is a beautiful dress and it looks stunning on you. You look beautiful :-)

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    Jul 28, 2011, 12.47 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

    It’s beautiful and suits you perfectly!

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      Jul 28, 2011, 06.03 PMby nouvellegamine

      thank you! it was really exciting to sew too :)

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    Jul 28, 2011, 05.15 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    the fabric you used and the way you styled this makes it look like gold in comparison to the orignal pictures! youve done a fantastic job and look amazing!

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      Jul 28, 2011, 06.00 PMby nouvellegamine

      thank you :D

      btw- i love your kirsten dunst icon!

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    Jul 27, 2011, 07.40 PMby lanternwaste33


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    Jul 27, 2011, 01.23 PMby Dee Durrant

    Such a beautiful dress….I wish I’d had the nerve to make my own (I chickened out and got a local steamstress to make it – although it isn’t my work I’ll have to post pictures of it – I did design the style so maybe I’ll get away with posting pics!). The colour of your material is just dreamy with your skin tone – you looked amazing!

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      Jul 28, 2011, 06.02 PMby nouvellegamine

      you should post it, or if you have a blog post it on there. if you designed it i bet peple would still like to see it :)

      and thank you :D

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    Jul 27, 2011, 06.51 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    what a great dress and a lovely couple! you did a wonderful job with your weddingdress and i like it much more, than the original model looked like!

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    Jul 27, 2011, 05.53 AMby SuseSews

    Great dress. You look so beautiful in it! Even better than the model!

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      Jul 28, 2011, 06.03 PMby nouvellegamine

      lol! thanks, it was my wedding day so i’m sure i was having a better time than the poor model ;D

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    Jul 27, 2011, 03.01 AMby loyl8


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    Jul 27, 2011, 02.38 AMby poppykettle

    What a fabulous job – may you both have many more happy years together :)

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      Jul 27, 2011, 03.04 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you. it’s been wonderful so far :D

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    Jul 27, 2011, 12.48 AMby gillthecat

    just the NICEST wedding dress ive seen in ages stunning just more fab than fab love it too much is wonderfull

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      Jul 27, 2011, 03.10 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you so much. it was a pleasure to sew! i felt a little cinderellaish when i first put it on :)

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    Jul 26, 2011, 09.50 PMby Lucha Suarez

    This is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you did an amazing job! what a dream dress!!!!!

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      Jul 27, 2011, 03.09 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you! it was a dream day :D

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    Jul 26, 2011, 09.30 PMby freakusbzzz

    The fabric is stunning. Your dress doesn’t look home made at all.

    I am going to try hunt down this edition of burda so I can make the dress (not in white though).

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      Jul 27, 2011, 03.08 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you :D

      if you can’t find it i may be able to scan the pattern for you.

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    Jul 26, 2011, 09.04 PMby tamezdc

    Adorable dress!

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    Jul 26, 2011, 08.56 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Happy Anniversary! Love your dress. Like you, I’m drawn to the tripple darts. And the champagne fabric is absolutely divine! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

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      Jul 27, 2011, 03.06 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you :) the fabric was challenging at first to work with bc it was slippery!

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    Jul 26, 2011, 08.55 PMby mojo elgin

    Your dress is verrry pretty! Nice job! I like the long, unbroken lines of the dress. Good idea to skip the belt.

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      Jul 27, 2011, 03.12 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you! the long silhouette felt very 1930ish!

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