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Where's Your Wedding Dress?

Added Jul 23, 2011

by domestic-div...

Orange County, C...






I was reading Adriana Orozco’s comments on her page, Modern Lace for the Synagogue and saw where she asked Peaches2218 “When will we see your wedding gown”. It gave me an idea. Wouldn’t it be fun if everyone in this community on Burda who ever made their wedding gown/dress posted it? I’m willing to start things off!

I was married in 1989 so styles have changed somewhat but we can still appreciate the work that goes into the dress. Sorry I don’t have many details of the work. The wedding photographer wasn’t interested in them. He was focused on the wedding event.

I used sheer embroidered fabric and sewed small pearls onto the centers of each flower. I found sheer pre-ruffled fabric by the yard for the shoulders and the “v” back. The ruffles finished edge was already trimmed with small pearls – less work for me. I used a few layers of the ruffle at the base of the dress’s “v” back to create a little poof. I cut the skirt fabric so that the scalloped edge was at the hemline. There was a lot of embroidery at the bottom which grew less and less as it moved up toward the waist. At that point it was simply plain sheer. I cut the bodice so the scalloped edge ended at the waist. My favorite feature of this dress was the divine scrolled lace I used along the “v” back. And I don’t have one good close up picture of it! It’s a shame. The back skirt of the dress was cut much wider than the slim front which gave it the look of a train but not one that dragged the floor. I also made the bridesmaid’s dresses with a different fabric but same pattern. Adriana would have had all this done in 15 minutes. It took me weeks.

Funny Story! The sheer ruffles on the shoulders were very soft fabric and would just lay down on the shoulder if nothing was done to them. My idea was to starch them. Unfortunately when I tried that the starch left tiny white spots on the sheer fabric. It was 2 days before the wedding and I was in a panic. How was I going to get those ruffles to stand up??? At the last minute I crimped strips of aluminum foil as though I were making a row of ruffles. With hair clips, I attached the foil between each row of ruffles (there were 3 on each shoulder). Then I used hair spray on each layer – a lot! I let it all dry overnight. The next day I took out the foil and clips. There were no spots and those layers were standing at perfect attention! And they stayed that way even during the humid outdoor ceremony.

Now that I’ve shared mine. Where’s yours?

Material Notes

embroidered sheer, solid sheer ruffles, satin lining, pearls




Garment Type
Lace/Sequins, Other, Satin

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    Sep 7, 2011, 10.23 PMby milkyway

    Oh looks so cute! and you look just the same!!

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    Jul 25, 2011, 09.56 PMby flowergirl22

    oh that is so cool, i love that dress

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    Jul 24, 2011, 02.12 PMby sewingqueen-1

    The hairspray was a wonderful idea! I’ve also used spray starch, but it does tend to lose it’s oomph in the humidity.

    Beautiful dress and a fabulous idea – I didn’t make the dress for my wedding (I was too scared that I would make a mess of it), but I did make the dress when my husband and I renewed our wedding vows, ten years later. hmmm… now, where are those pictures?

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      Jul 24, 2011, 04.54 PMby domestic-divaonline

      I hope you find the pictures. They qualify for this discussion if you ask me. I discovered the same about spray starch and also found it leaves tiny white spots on sheer fabric. Thanks for your comments and for joining in.

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    Jul 24, 2011, 12.07 PMby keren

    It’s lovely! I’m not yet married, but what a great idea! Great dress, especially considering it was during the 80’s with their crazy shoulder-pad fashion… :-) And great dress regardless! I love your work with lace. I haven’t yet had a chance to work with lace but I’d love to.

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      Jul 24, 2011, 04.52 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thanks for your comments and for adding another voice to this thread. I hope you will get the opportunity to make your own dress. There’s nothing more rewarding!

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    Jul 24, 2011, 02.40 AMby Vanessa Velasquez

    What a great idea!!! i,m going to scan a picture of my dress. Also got a funny story myself: My mother didn,t allow me to do my dress because she was worry that i couldnt finish it on time, so we went to a dressmaker, who was highly recommended but…… she gave the dress the night before the wedding an it was a complete mess, thanks God, i had a left over of the fabric and i could save some parts of the dress and spend my last night as a single woman sewing and putting all pieces together to have a dress to wear the next day!!!

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      Jul 24, 2011, 04.50 PMby domestic-divaonline

      I was hoping to seeing a lot of dresses posted but also thought there might be many interesting stories like yours. So great that you had the talent to clean up someone else’s mistakes. Looking forward to seeing how it turned out! Thanks for sharing your story.

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    Jul 23, 2011, 08.58 PMby freakusbzzz

    I was going to suggest hairspray!

    I love the ruffles and for an 80’s dress it isn’t actually too awful. Very subdued and sophisticated.

    I was to be married in 92 and started my dress but never finished (no wedding).

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      Jul 24, 2011, 04.47 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Hang on to the unfinished dress. You never know! I appreciate your comments.

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    Jul 23, 2011, 06.26 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Fabulous! I cannot post mine either – my mad skills were definitely not up to wedding dresses at the time! Although I would love to make it myself at some point. Great idea with the hairspray!

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      Jul 24, 2011, 04.41 PMby domestic-divaonline

      There’s always the dress you will need for renewing vows! Thanks you for you comment.

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    Jul 23, 2011, 06.17 PMby bjr99

    Your dress is lovely! Have to file away the hairspray idea for future use. I’ll have to look through my photo’s and scan a picture of my dress.

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    Jul 23, 2011, 06.15 PMby Kasiorist

    fabulous! the times may have changed and styles, too, but the hard work you’ve put into it is made it a wonderful thing and it shows, what a clever idea with the hair spray! thanks for sharing! (I’m not married myself, so I have nothing to share but seeing one of those magnificent works- such an inspiration)

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    Jul 23, 2011, 05.04 PMby katexxxxxx

    Glorious! LOVE the hairspray idea. True lateral thinking, that. :)

    I’ll have to scan a pic of my dress… It was based on a Burda pattern! :)

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    Jul 23, 2011, 04.55 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    as my husband and i have been wearing classic tuxedos (and we have not made them ourselfs :-) i will not be able to post my photos here, but i am totaly excited about this idea and can only make you the biggest compliments for your dress and your stylish weddingoutfit! i love love love it!!

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      Jul 23, 2011, 05.03 PMby domestic-divaonline

      You’re a gem Ralf! : )
      Thanks for your comments. If you ever make a tux, I just have to see it. Sorry you don’t have a wedding dress to contribute but I know you’ll appreciate seeing the input from others.

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    Jul 23, 2011, 04.44 PMby TatataLicious

    I love this Burda blog Idea… I never made it far enough to even make my dress, but I cant wait to see others share theres!

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