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My Victorian Wedding Dress

Added May 22, 2010

by Elisabeth Sn...

Pittsburgh, Penn...






I knew, when I got engaged last summer, that I did not want a traditional wedding dress. I didn’t want the usual styles. I didn’t want the usual prom dress fabrics. I didn’t want the usual white or cream color.

So I elected to make a grey Victorian gown. I hand crocheted the lace and used mismatched linen buttons down the front. I also recovered my hat, which I picked up at an antique store.

Material Notes

I used a combination of a very fine grey cotton and white eyelet with a slightly shimmery finish for the dress. I lined it with a plain white cotton broadcloth. I wanted the dress to be light since there were so many layers and the wedding was outdoors in August!




Garment Type
Bridal, Victorian
Cotton, Eyelet


Burda pattern that I used.

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    Jun 17, 2010, 02.11 AMby mwelland

    This dress is stunning and amazing!

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    May 27, 2010, 10.49 PMby kristenpage

    So wonderful! My aim is to be able to do one of those old styled dresses!

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    May 26, 2010, 03.48 PMby kneesocks

    This is absolutely gorgeous. You are very talented. I love the gray instead of white, it looks more…attractive? That’s not quite the word. Refined. That’s it. You look lovely and did an excellent job.

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    May 26, 2010, 02.18 AMby mangos

    so gorgeous, absolutely beautiful, awesome, great work on the details, very well done and congrats!!!

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    May 26, 2010, 01.52 AMby annabgreen

    That is so amazing.

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    May 25, 2010, 09.44 PMby denise2003

    Gorgeous! I love your detailing, and the dress looks so good on you. It’s going to be family heirloom for sure. Just keep it away from your little girls, when you have them! They won’t mean to destroy it…

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    May 25, 2010, 09.11 PMby marloncosta

    the bustle period in the victorian period is my favorite. Your dress looks great.

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    May 25, 2010, 09.11 PMby annawilliamson

    wow, this is incredible. your unique personality and creativity really show through!

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    May 25, 2010, 07.50 PMby tradsahm

    I wish I could get married again and do something beautiful like this for my dress!

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    May 25, 2010, 06.38 PMby threadsquare

    So lovely! Congratulations!!!

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    May 25, 2010, 03.49 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    i adore this! all the details, buttons, trimmings everything!

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    May 25, 2010, 11.03 AMby artepart

    Lovely,beautifull dress.You have done a great job and you look beautifull.

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    May 24, 2010, 03.50 PMby littlemissstitch1

    WOW!!! Good Job… it’s lovely

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    May 24, 2010, 03.39 PMby frankiesoup

    I love how unusual and classic your wedding dress is – such a hard combination to pull off and yet you’ve managed it! :D I love the grey colour – I never would have thought of that.

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    May 23, 2010, 01.41 PMby seussian

    Very,very pretty! I love it when people make their own wedding dresses :) may God bless you,M

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    May 23, 2010, 06.53 AMby wishofhappiness

    Absolutly stunning! I love how you wanted your wedding to be something different! Thats what makes it special :) happy sewing!

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    May 23, 2010, 03.22 AMby rifka

    So very beautiful. The way it drapes is magnificent.

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    May 22, 2010, 09.09 PMby Isabel Alexander

    Sweet, what a lovely idea for a wedding dress. Nicely done.

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    May 22, 2010, 08.34 PMby runningwithscissors1

    What a great idea for a wedding dress! You did a beautiful job. You have much to be proud of with that dress.

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    May 22, 2010, 08.16 PMby sew4my3

    Wow! This dress is so elegant and looks absolutely stunning on you!

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    May 22, 2010, 07.03 PMby violetsky

    Absolutely Stunning.

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    May 22, 2010, 06.45 PMby gray

    It is so pretty!! I also had the same thought.. modern dresses are so boring!! Yours is so stunning. Well done!!

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    May 22, 2010, 06.18 PMby strickmeise

    Oh, really wonderful! I love light gray, but never had the idea that it could be taken for wedding gowns!

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