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island wedding dress

Added Dec 22, 2009

by sandoz18

Columbus, Ohio, ...






Since I’m posting my older work as a way to get/stay motivated, I thought I’d put up pictures of my wedding dress. I got married in 2003 at Megan’s Bay, St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands). Unfortunately, the only pictures I have scanned aren’t the best shots of my dress.

I used McCall’s 3944 (pictured) because I loved the simple silhouette and the sleeves. I also needed something lightweight, since it was hot! The pattern actually calls it a “Renaissance-style” wedding dress (maybe because of the sleeves?), but I don’t think mine ended up looking like that (hopefully not, since that’s not what I was going for).

I made it strapless and ruched across the chest (what a pain: hand gathers and minute stitches to keep it tacked uniformly). I wanted a corset style back, and it’s a little open (not quite as I conceptualized, but it worked). The sleeves and bottom of the chiffon layer were done in a narrow stitch using a serger, which was a quick, neat way to do it. I also made the sleeves detached from the dress so that I could take them off when eating at our reception. The dress only has a short train, and I added a wrist loop to hold it up when I danced (not pictured).

I did this in a muslin first to get the fit right during a 10-day period spent with my mom. She also made my veil. She attached 60 small handmade roses to the headpiece, trailed a few roses down the veil, and finished the edge with a wide sheer ribbon.

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    Jan 16, 2011, 10.23 AMby charlotteauzou

    You look fantastic !

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    Apr 12, 2010, 06.52 PMby juebejue

    I love your wedding dress and veil! feeling very jealous right now :) your tanned skin against the white silk make you look so very stunning in it!

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      Apr 12, 2010, 11.21 PMby sandoz18

      Oh—thank you! I worked for several months to get that tan (took a few months off to prepare for the wedding and grad school) so that I wouldn’t get burnt on our vacation/wedding/honeymoon. :)

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    Apr 5, 2010, 12.22 PMby kato72

    Hi, you look wonderful! I have a rather daft question, but could you please advise how and where you attached the wrist loop please? I’m making a formal dress with a train and as am currently using crutches, need to hold up the train. Cheers! : )

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      Apr 5, 2010, 04.02 PMby sandoz18

      Actually, that was rather hard to figure out. I had long seams in my skirt (like princess seams), and I attached it in one of the seams (back left, I believe, where the hem was not too long for the train yet). I put it about 6-8 inches (15cm?) up from the hem, so it wouldn’t show when the skirt was down. I tried it in the back seam, where the train was longest (and it wasn’t too long or full at any point), but it pulled too far on the opposite side then and hung funny. Even as it was, you could see my ankle on the side where the loop was when my wrist was raised for things like dancing, but it was comfortable to move around in and draped nicely (in a Pride and Prejudice sort of way, in my mind!). My scanner’s not working, or I’d post a picture of it up. Good luck!!

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      Apr 14, 2010, 01.27 PMby kato72

      Thanks for your advice, it was a help (especially the troubleshooting bits). I managed to get 2 done in time – was a TOTALLY last minute thing, in the style of Bridget Jones’ taxi ride from hell, doing make up and handsewing, lurching around in the back of the cab – and they really useful throughout what was an evening of parading around, lol!

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      Apr 15, 2010, 12.31 AMby sandoz18

      Glad I could help!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 05.04 AMby Les Bonnes Vivantes Paris

    and your tan looks great!

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    Feb 18, 2010, 04.57 PMby ponygirl93

    All I can say is… Wow. That’s amazing!!!!!

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      Feb 18, 2010, 11.58 PMby sandoz18

      Aww, thank you!!

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    Dec 23, 2009, 06.20 AMby cquinn13


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    Dec 23, 2009, 04.42 AMby seasidelaundry

    I am inspired! A beautiful offering! The dress is so pretty & well made from every angle. The back as exquisite as the front-island all the way. We moved to RI from OH 3 1/2 years ago. A lot going on in your city. Actually, before I moved here, I noted a great position open at A&F based there. I think when the need arises, you are well qualified to master any project. Thank you for the motivation-worked for me!

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      Dec 23, 2009, 05.09 AMby sandoz18

      Thanks so much for all the kind comments!!

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    Dec 22, 2009, 07.15 PMby elisana

    wow, you look stunning. great job!

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      Dec 23, 2009, 05.08 AMby sandoz18

      Thank you!!

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    Dec 22, 2009, 07.15 PMby elisana

    wow, you look stunning. great job!

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