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Melbourne Bride

Added Nov 16, 2014

by bibilovin

Melbourne, Austr...






>>>>>>This dress was composed with the Burda pattern for the top part of the Bustier Dress (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/bustier-dress-52011), and a nice form fitting knee-length pencil dress from my wardrobe designed by Gorman.<<<<<<

>>>>>>As my second attempt at a wearable garment, and my first in the last 7 years, there were many people throughout the process that tried to convince me not to try to make my own wedding dress with only one month before the big day! They could not see how the skills I have developed in architectural practice and model-making could be transferred into the construction of a garment.<<<<<<

>>>>>>The process began with establishing the design of the dress. Pouring through pattern books, web browser image search, and of course Burda.com. One design by the wonderful designer Oscar de la Renta caught my eye. It was elegant, youthful, slim-fitting and suited to my preferred level of complexity. The Burda Bustier dress was a great pattern for the most complex element of the design, the bodice.<<<<<<

>>>>>The changes I made to the Burda Dress Pattern were as follows:
>>>>> Move the zip from the back to a more discreet position at the side.
>>>>> Instead of a draped knee length skirt, I designed a floor length straight style skirt with godet to the rear.
>>>>> Two layers of lining were used, an underlining fabric (silk), and a lace overlay attached last by hand.

>>>>>>Important notes to the decisions made in the design and construction process:
>>>>>>The godet extended to the point just below my bottom, which seemed logical from a form fitting perspective. The width of the godet was calculated by the approximate length of my step.
>>>>>>Padded bra cups, underwires covered in felt tubing, and woven plastic boning tape (along the vertical seams on the internal lining) were all added to the bustier for support. It meant that I did not have to wear a bra or corset underneath, and had no fear of the bra showing during the occasion.

>>>>>>The most important things I learned along the way were:
>>>>>>The pleasures of working with such high quality and suitable materials.
>>>>>>Trust your instincts, and contemplate advice carefully.
>>>>>>Amazing working with curves! The way two pieces of material come together to make a curve, cross grains accommodating each other – with the help of lots of pins.
>>>>>>A dressmaker’s form model was a great help.

>>>>>>The dress wasn’t made perfectly, but it sure was nice to wear french lace and natural fibres – which I couldn’t have afforded otherwise.

Thank you Burda!

Material Notes

French Chantilly Lace – composed cotton and poly/nylon blend – purchased from Cleg’s
Heavy Satin Backed Crepe – composed silk
Thread – 100% Cotton




Garment Type


Bianca A E Pearson

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    Nov 27, 2014, 01.51 AMby sewing fanatic


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    Nov 17, 2014, 11.27 PMby slmnstyle

    Stunning gown and stunning bride! Job well done and I’m sure that you are quite proud of yourself for making your own wedding dress. Congratulations!

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      Nov 25, 2014, 09.26 AMby bibilovin

      Thank you so very much. It was a special day, and quite the experience. I’m looking forward to starting my next project now!

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    Nov 17, 2014, 02.57 PMby GiveMeSomeCandy

    I love this dress!!

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      Nov 25, 2014, 09.23 AMby bibilovin

      Thank you! That’s very kind of you to say :) :)

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    Nov 17, 2014, 01.42 AMby seabreit

    Brave girl,sewing a wedding dress! Looks expensive,good job…

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      Nov 25, 2014, 09.22 AMby bibilovin

      Thank you! It was quite the task, and quite the relief when it was done!

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    Nov 16, 2014, 11.23 AMby inesgr

    Well done! I am always impressed to see people sew wedding dresses! www.littlemisssewshine.wordpress.com

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      Nov 25, 2014, 09.18 AMby bibilovin

      You have a great site, such a wonderful range of projects. And thank you for your compliment!

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    Nov 16, 2014, 08.35 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh Wow!! As far as I can see this is perfect!! What a fabulous classy stylish stunning dress x

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    Nov 16, 2014, 08.35 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh Wow!! As far as I can see this is perfect!! What a fabulous classy stylish stunning dress x

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      Nov 25, 2014, 09.12 AMby bibilovin

      Oh thank you Mary! Greatly appreciated!

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