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kari's wedding dress

Added Aug 26, 2010

by grainline

Chicago, Illinoi...






My sister got married this summer and I was chosen to make her dress. The venue for the wedding was a 50’s styled paradise so we wanted the dress to both fit in and still be modern enough for her at the same time. She loved a sweetheart neckline but as the crazy dancer she is, wasn’t keen on a strapless dress. Her other requirement was that she wanted to be able to twirl. I think we got it all in.

There are so many layers to this dress, the bodice is 6, the skirt is 3 layers, 5 layers of tulle and two linings. There is also a grosgrain waist stay tacked into the inside to prevent her from splitting her zipper, like I mentioned before, the girl is a crazy dancer!

More photos here

Also, the flower is handmade by EmersonMade

Material Notes

Itallian illusion silk organza, French silk shantung, silk habotai, silk charmeuse, canvas, woven fusible, tricot fusible, ivory netting, gold netting, invisible zipper, hooks + eyes, polyester thread, silk thread, grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon (hanger loops) pearl button, hidden vintage blue button, gold ribbon.




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    Apr 5, 2011, 02.38 AMby mnavoy

    This is beautiful! I love it.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 10.47 AMby heather bulmer

    wow, do you do dresses for other people too? This is stunning! I’d been undecided about going for a shorter wedding dress style myself and this beauty has me sold! Its lush!!!

    Did you make the pattern yourself or use a standard one? Heather

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      Jan 28, 2011, 11.07 PMby grainline

      Thanks! I made the pattern myself, I work as a pattermaker + designer so that part was the easy part! Haha. My sister LOVED having a shorter dress because it was easier for her to dance like crazy at the reception. Plus I think it fit her fun personality better!

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    Aug 31, 2010, 07.10 PMby lovethebag

    Perfect and simple! The layers at the bottom look really great.

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    Aug 27, 2010, 04.38 PMby Lucha Suarez

    very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! what a lucky sister you have!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Aug 27, 2010, 03.39 PMby sonjam

    wow, thats really beautiful! the photos are really great too :)

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    Aug 27, 2010, 04.28 AMby 5294sandras


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    Aug 26, 2010, 11.21 PMby bernyespuroestilo

    ìt`s beautiful!!!! congratulationsss!!!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 06.34 PMby Laura Bolčina

    So simple, yet so beautiful. Well done!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 04.23 PMby tamezdc

    Very nice dress!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 02.44 PMby grainline

    Thanks everyone! Now if only the dress was at the dry cleaners I could relax, haha!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 01.47 PMby elegant-impressions

    Perfect! Beautiful! Love the pics! :-) immi.

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    Aug 26, 2010, 12.22 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    That is so gorgeous – perfect for a retro-themed wedding!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 10.55 AMby kimiffu

    i love everything about this!! She’s lucky to have such a talented sister ;)

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    Aug 26, 2010, 10.30 AMby eliatraki


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    Aug 26, 2010, 09.58 AMby frankiesoup

    I wish I’d thought of a 50s style dress now! Curses! :)

    This one is just stunning! I love it!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 09.58 AMby frankiesoup

    I wish I’d thought of a 50s style dress now! Curses! :)

    This one is just stunning! I love it!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 09.41 AMby carottesauvage

    Nice couple! The dress is so elegant . I really like it when wedding dresses are somehow ‘dressed’ down. You used the puffing, tule, flower usual wedding prerequisites at an extremely tolerable dose!

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      Aug 26, 2010, 02.44 PMby grainline

      I got lucky that, besides the dress having to twirl well, she’s not a very frilly girl! We both like things a bit more understated, though she’s definitely more frilly than me, haha!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 09.38 AMby anajan

    Super cute dress, perfectly accessorised. Well done!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 07.49 AMby laura oprea

    Beautiful! Looks great on her!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 07.36 AMby lisamm

    This is so elegant :)

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    Aug 26, 2010, 04.47 AMby katzl

    this is a very cute dress

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    Aug 26, 2010, 04.02 AMby smallone

    hey sis will you make my wedding dress? – like nooo pressure!!

    This dress is very lovely all the elements came together perfectly in an individual and sophisticated creation.

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      Aug 26, 2010, 02.47 PMby grainline

      The funniest part is that it was just assumed I would make it, of course I was happy to do so! It helps that I sort of do this for a living though, guess that’s why it was assumed, haha!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 02.49 AMby corduroysarcasm

    soo beautiful!!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 02.23 AMby missymellie

    Such a stunning dress! I love the full 50s skirt and all the little details!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 01.25 AMby Zane Tanqueco

    Stunningly beautiful and simple.

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