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My Wedding Dress - March 2010

Added Apr 11, 2010

by roarah

Detroit, Michiga...






I got married recently. When I got engaged six months earlier, I decided to make my own wedding dress. I had a few reasons for doing this, most importantly it was something that I’d always secretly wanted to do, but it also meant that my fiance & I save a lot of money. Finally, I found that most dress stores in Melbourne were telling me that they were too busy & couldn’t get a dress ready for my in time (I was giving them 4-5 months notice).

I think it’s pretty clear that I was heavily inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. I did swap the heavy Chantilly lace for a lighter embroidered tulle, as I got married in early March & there was a possibility that the temperature would be 35+C. The corset was made using Simplicity pattern, 5006 & the rest of the dress was made using an altered version of a vogue pattern, V2979. I was really happy with how it turned out. I learnt a lot about dress making in the process & I really enjoyed making it. It’s not perfect & there are a few (well hidden) flaws, but on the day I felt REALLY proud walking down the aisle in it. It’s something that I’ll always treasure.

I dedicated a few posts to the construction of this dress on my blog, http://orchidsinmay.typepad.com/orchids-in-may/

P.S I also made the veil, but that was pretty easy by comparison…

Update: I’ve had so many lovely comments about the quality of the photos I thought I should add a credit for my super star photographer, Tatiana from Red Butterfly photography. Her website is www.redbutterfly.com.au

Update Number 2: I’ve added the details of how I made this dress to the instructions section. I’ve tried to make it as detailed as possible, however, a intermediate knowledge of sewing is assumed. One word of warning if you are attempting to make a wedding dress yourself. Remember that it’s white, & probably silk & that if it gets dirty it will probably stain. You will need to clean EVERYTHING. Even then you’ll need to be careful, on some occasions I put down clean white cotton sheets to protect the dress from surfaces.

Material Notes

Corset Front Facing: Silk Dupion
Corset Interfacing: Heavyweight white sew in interfacing
Corset Lining: Silk Dupion
Corset Boning: White sew in boning

Sash: Silk Dupion

Skirt Front Facing: Silk Dupion
Skirt Lining: Rayon

Lace: Embroidered Tulle



Related Terms


Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Romantic
Silk, Tulle



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    Apr 12, 2010, 03.25 PMby mcphoon

    Congrats! and you look so lovely! =)

    I wish i will hav the courage of making my own wedding dress one day too!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 12.57 PMby olyaboieru

    Wow, every picture is like a shot from some movie! The dress is adorable! You look so beautiful and happy! Let peace and love always live in your family!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 12.35 PMby ichigogirl

    Beautiful! And I just love the first picture, with all your ladies-in-waiting, it’s like an old painting…

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    Apr 12, 2010, 12.33 PMby thesweetesthing1975

    Oh my goodness. How beautiful is this. After seeing the last comment on you most recent project I had to check it out. What a gorgeous dress!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 10.36 AMby janetheclerk

    again, wow. this is a stunning dress, and awesome in the true sense of the word. you’ve done a fantastic job, and a great nod to grace kelly – i’ve always loved her style. wow.

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    Apr 12, 2010, 07.08 AMby davee09

    honestly my jaw dropped when i read u made this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 03.23 AMby calicocouture

    You did such a beautiful job. I love the embroidered tulle. The fit is great too. It looks wonderful.

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    Apr 12, 2010, 01.03 AMby Deborah Hemlow


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    Apr 12, 2010, 12.08 AMby eugeniaofthewasps

    Your dress is just gorgeous!!

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    Apr 11, 2010, 09.24 PMby Jodi Wade

    Your dress is gorgeous and so elegant! I love the lace. So stunning.

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    Apr 11, 2010, 08.51 PMby skwarynia

    Wow it’s really beautiful! I love it. And congratulations:) I’m sure you had great wedding ceremony. You look gorgeous!:)

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    Apr 11, 2010, 06.13 PMby susanne2011

    This is really amazing. You look beautiful! I am also thinking of making my own wedding dress and you have shown that it is possible. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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      Apr 12, 2010, 10.36 AMby roarah

      So glad to hear that I’ve inspired someone else out there to try it! It was a lot of work but definately worth it.

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    Apr 11, 2010, 02.26 PMby Elena Perletti


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    Apr 11, 2010, 02.23 PMby bbug59

    Absolutely gorgeous – I have always loved the dress Grace kelly wore when she got married. You did an outstanding job and such a perfect fit. You should be so proud of yourself. Well done.

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    Apr 11, 2010, 12.51 PMby frankiesoup

    That dress is just incredible! You look amazing and did such a wonderful job!

    Congratulations on your marriage too! :D

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    Apr 11, 2010, 12.22 PMby edithsinger

    You look absolutely beautiful. You will never be sorry that you made your dress. Not only did you save money, you have something no one else in the world has (besides your cute hubby)! :) The dress is spectacular.

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    Apr 11, 2010, 12.18 PMby rogue-cellist

    That is spectacular! congratulations to you- on your marriage and on a job well done. My wedding dress was similar- silk dupion with the dozens of self covered buttons down the back… I wasn’t game to make it myself though. You’ve done an amazing job :-)

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    Apr 11, 2010, 11.06 AMby maha1965

    congratulation you look great .The dress is realy stunning And I know you did a hard job .For me I think the buttons and the loops is the hardest part I can,t see the back well but I think It’s full with small details .It’s a very important step in your sewing career I think now you can be encourage to do any style. Good luck In your new life

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      Apr 11, 2010, 11.13 AMby roarah

      Thanks, I actually cheated a little with the buttons. I bought some ready made elastic looping from a fabric store & then sewed it inside a silk casing. It made my bridesmaids job of doing them all up a lot easier! Plus once they were done up you couldn’t see the elastic. The buttons were a bit of a pain though, all are hand covered with the same silk as the dress. I think there’s about 75 in total.

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      Apr 13, 2010, 03.24 PMby maha1965

      It’s a great idea
      ps.sorry I accedently marked your reply as un appropiate I’m sorry for this mistake

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    Apr 11, 2010, 10.52 AMby jasmine77

    The dress is gorgeous, you look beautiful and elegant and fantastic photos!

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    Apr 11, 2010, 10.36 AMby felicityfarce

    wow…. beautiful!!

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