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Elisabeth's Wedding

Added Oct 20, 2012

by prettylissy

Portland, Oregon...






My partner and I decided to get married last year, but we wanted to keep it simple. So, we invited our parents to come with us to the courthouse and join us for dinner at a local pub with great food. It worked! We all had a great time, and it was really easy going.

I sewed my dress based on my first pattern making experiment, a very simple cut. I made it more interesting by adding a midsection of contrasting fabric. The little hat and veil were my favorite detail, I also love the silk bow-tie that I made out of the same material as my dress.

The material was my grandmother’s, she was an avid traveler and left behind several yards of gorgeous Thai silk for me to inherit. I knew right away that I wanted to use it for the dress. I only wish there were more time to put into it. We were scheduled to move just two days after our wedding, and I only had a week to find, make, and fit my bridal outfit!

Material Notes

Thai Silk, Craft Felt




Garment Type

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    Oct 22, 2012, 10.08 PMby zoeope

    Congrats and job well done in such a short time. simple but elegant.

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      Oct 26, 2012, 09.19 PMby prettylissy

      Thank you, Zoeope!

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    Oct 22, 2012, 05.46 AMby sewpip

    Love your gold wedding dress! Great story .. cute couple !

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    Oct 21, 2012, 11.13 AMby eliseanna

    Such a beautiful dress and touching story. You both look wonderful. Congratulations! Ps my own wedding a few months ago was similar—best decision we ever made!

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      Oct 22, 2012, 04.47 AMby prettylissy

      Congratulations! The more we decided to leave out of our wedding we found the things we did chose became that much more meaningful. It was definitely a good decision. I’m glad to hear that you had a great experience too.

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      Oct 22, 2012, 04.52 PMby eliseanna

      Agree completely..it’s almost as if they choose you :)

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    Oct 21, 2012, 09.36 AMby janene

    You did an amazing job. What a wonderful way to remember your Grandma. She will be so proud! The colour of the silk is stunning! May I ask what pattern you used?

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      Oct 22, 2012, 04.34 AMby prettylissy

      At the moment my sewing materials are packed up and I can’t get to them! But I mostly drew up the pattern myself based on a dress I had made before that I liked the fit of. It was really fun!

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    Oct 21, 2012, 08.51 AMby Mary Athey

    Congrats!! you looked stunning on your wedding day. i love the colour and dress shape on you and using your grandmothers fabric made it even more special. love your new husbands dickie bow as well x

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      Oct 22, 2012, 04.32 AMby prettylissy

      Thank you! It really was lovely.

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    Oct 21, 2012, 02.50 AMby laurertheexplorer

    congrats!! you and and yer dress are beautiful! great job! and the tie was such a great idea!

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