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Olga's wedding dress

Added Nov 9, 2015

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






A little over a month ago my dear friend Olga got married and I had the pleasure to make her a wedding dress! This task was assigned to me pretty much right after she got engaged and from the start I was very happy to to do it, It’s a huge honor to be able to contribute to such a big and beautiful event in your friends life :)

Olga is not the one for a traditional wedding dress, so she chose to go with something more relaxed but still festive and bridal (ish). She went for a simple cut with relaxed kimono sleeved bodice and a flowy knee length skirt. What makes the dress really special is the embroidery – a huge floral design on the front of the bodice and around the waist. She basically found the picture of the dress with the embroidery that she liked, and based on that I drew the design on pattern pieces. Then I transferred the drawing to an iron on interfacing and used that as my guide for a needle work.

For the dress I used some basic bodice pattern and redrafted it, the skirt is half circle. All in all it took me a little over two weeks to make the dress, but vast majority of that time went on embroidering the bodice! Drafting the pattern, making the muslin and sewing the actual dress took me a few days max, the rest was all embroidering. And this was actually my first time doing this sort of embroidery!
Although time consuming the result is so beautiful and I was so so happy see her wear the dress on her wedding day. She was absolutely beautiful and she loved the dress to pieces, and so did I. I have made a LOT of dresses, but this is hands down my favorite one so far :)


Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Bridal, Romantic

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    Feb 24, 2016, 10.17 AMby Réka Vanyolai

    Yes, it looks amazing, and what a coincidence, yesterday I was thinking about making some embroidery on a very simple shirt I’m working on, and as it’s white batiste, I thought I would make some Kalocsai pattern but with white thread to keep it more rustic… I haven’t decided it yet :)

    So point is, you DID justice and I appreciate it so much :)

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    Feb 24, 2016, 08.36 AMby Réka Vanyolai

    Wow, it looks like our Hungarian ‘kalocsai’ embroidery pattern :) Is it?? Very very cute and lovely! You are so talented!

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      Feb 24, 2016, 09.27 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, yes that’s the one! I made the drawing based on a picture of a dress my friend found on the internet, we wasn’t sure what the design was but after some googling we concluded that is from Hungarian folklore. I looked up Kalocsai embroidery just now and that’s exactly what it is! It’s such a beautiful tradition, I hope I did it justice :)

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    Dec 30, 2015, 03.05 PMby victorialeigh

    this is amazing and beautiful!

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      Dec 31, 2015, 08.17 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much!

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    Nov 18, 2015, 01.40 PMby sewing fanatic

    goodness so beautiful! wonderful; nothing like hand stitched decorative details like that! x

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    Nov 15, 2015, 02.45 PMby RedBelka

    Amazing dress! Great job!

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      Nov 15, 2015, 10.58 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much!

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    Nov 14, 2015, 10.37 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Just Fabulous!!

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      Nov 15, 2015, 12.22 AMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Ellen!

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    Nov 13, 2015, 04.21 PMby carottesauvage

    Simply amazing… and to be worn for other (special) occasions too!

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      Nov 14, 2015, 03.36 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Helene! I agree, it would be so cool to be worn again :)

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    Nov 13, 2015, 02.12 AMby izbott

    Its such a lovely connection to your friend. This is truly a gift. Its made with care and affection. I really like this because of the color and the fact that no one else will have this dress. She looks lovely! Your a good friend.

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      Nov 14, 2015, 03.31 PMby kelerabeus

      This is so nice and kind of you to say, thank you so much I really appreciate it.

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    Nov 12, 2015, 09.26 PMby melongrowergirl

    This dress is really amazing & beautiful! I love embroidery!

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      Nov 14, 2015, 03.29 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I found embroidery to be quite relaxing, I think I’m gonna use it more in my future projects :)

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    Nov 11, 2015, 09.03 PMby rita61

    Beautiful, she looks great.

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      Nov 12, 2015, 02.08 AMby kelerabeus

      She does, doesn’t she! Thank you so much :)

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    Nov 11, 2015, 09.30 AMby olac

    Stunning. Well done.

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    Nov 11, 2015, 08.41 AMby SueMH

    So beautiful and different. What a kind friend you are!

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      Nov 11, 2015, 04.29 PMby kelerabeus

      Oh, thank you so much :) It was really my pleasure, I enjoyed every second making it.

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    Nov 11, 2015, 07.46 AMby lomarilou


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      Nov 11, 2015, 04.28 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you :)

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    Nov 10, 2015, 07.55 PMby Beccki

    Absolutely gorgeous.

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      Nov 11, 2015, 04.28 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Beccki!

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    Nov 10, 2015, 06.09 PMby Irene Jones - Arias

    What a beautiful dress, a work of art!!! Congratulations!

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      Nov 11, 2015, 04.28 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much Irene!

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    Nov 10, 2015, 05.22 PMby sarahsdaughter

    WOW this is absolutely beautiful. This hand embroidered dress should be kept as an heirloom.

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      Nov 11, 2015, 04.27 PMby kelerabeus

      Oh, I’m sure she will keep it! Although I kinda hope she’ll find some occasion to wear it again, it’s such a pretty dress to be worn only once :)

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    Nov 10, 2015, 10.25 AMby mokosha

    :) ludilo koliko je dobar taj vez.. svaka ti cast, ja se ne bih toliko iscimala ni za sopstvenu vencanicu :D

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      Nov 10, 2015, 02.16 PMby kelerabeus

      E hvala :) Meni je nekako baš prijao taj deo sa vezom, ima umirujuće dejstvo slično pletenju. Jedino to što treba dosta vremena pa kako se datum približavao malo je i panika krenula da raste, ali ako se to izuzme iskustvo je skroz super. Tako da ako ti u nekom trenutku bude trebala vežena venčanica slobodno se javi :)

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      Nov 11, 2015, 09.50 AMby mokosha

      volim ja da vezem, nije taj deo problem :) ali kad ukombinujes toliko obiman vez, pa jos imas rok u kom mora biti gotov, i pritisak da sve izgleda do jajca, posto je, jelte, za vencanicu.. mene hvata panika samo kad pomislim na to :) tako da ti skidam kapu.. a vredelo je skroz, izgleda fenomenalno

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    Nov 10, 2015, 06.13 AMby Maria Hayek

    Beautiful work! The embroidery is great and the pattern is really cute. Olga looks beautiful in it, well done :)

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      Nov 10, 2015, 02.04 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! The dress really reflects her personality, we were both so happy with the final result :)

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    Nov 10, 2015, 06.11 AMby Elpida Kyriakou


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      Nov 10, 2015, 02.02 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Elpida!

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    Nov 10, 2015, 06.06 AMby mbuchanan1

    Beautiful dress, well done.

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      Nov 10, 2015, 02.02 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much!

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