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Jessie's Songket Wedding Dress (Bernina DIY Wedding)

Added Jul 24, 2012

by ziancabug

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Jessie appoached me last year about helping her with a pattern for a skirt based off the songket sarong (consisting of a rectangle and a sash) passed down from the groom’s family. I convinced her that we could make a bodice as well, but we would have to use the sash in unique way to create enough width for the skirt. I figured out a solution by making a wrap dresss, using the sash as the back of the dress and sewing closures in the back princess seam.

The bodice was based off of a draped french lining. The skirt was draped on the bride. The fabric itself has an amazing history, and the inspiration comes with the story.

The bride explains: The groom’s grandfather lived in the Palembong area of Sumatra, an island of Indonesia. He was killed – hit while riding his bicycle – when Dan’s mother was only about 17. She then took on the role of raising her younger siblings. Luckily, her uncle Harun would support her and her family. Harun’s wife was Dani. My husband Daniel is named after her. You created the wedding dress from a “songket” sarong that belonged to Dani and that she had worn in the traditional fashion.

If you like the dress, please sign in at craftsy & give it a heart for the bernina DIY wedding contest!


Material Notes

Repurposed Indonesian songket and satin silk lining. Snaps and hook and eye tape. The term songket comes from the Malay/Indonesian word sungkit, which means “to hook”. It has something to do with the method of songket making; to hook and pick a group of threads, and then slip the gold threads in it. Songket is a luxury product traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions as sarong, shoulder cloths or head ties.




Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Romantic

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    Jul 25, 2012, 03.50 PMby turtlegirl00

    This dress and story are amazing! The fabric is DIVINE!!! what a lovely creative use… gorgeous!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 03.51 PMby turtlegirl00

      also i am going to vote right now!

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    Jul 25, 2012, 02.59 AMby bethmaryharley

    This is so beautiful! I love the sheen of the material – and it’s so clever what you did with it!

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    Jul 24, 2012, 04.10 PMby Mary Athey

    stunning work!! this is just beautiful and the storys lovely.x

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