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« on: May 24, 2010 02:48:13 AM »

Hello everyone!  I am new to craftster, but after all the wonderful inspiration I have already gotten from browsing the posts here, I felt I should contribute a little something myself Smiley  Please bear with me, as this is my first time posting links or images - let me know if there are any difficulties.

I was married in July of '07, and the inspiration for my dress came largely from Eowyn's White Wool Gown in LOTR The Two Towers, tons of pics here:  http://www.costumersguide.com/eowyn_ww.shtml

Since I was getting married in Hawaii in the summertime, however, I wanted something lighter and a little more "floaty", so I drew more inspiration from this dress at Rivendellbridal.com:  http://rivendellbridal.com/CelticStar.html

I used McCall's M4491 http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4491-products-414.php?page_id=493 with some major alterations.  I added a train with a single point ribbon-tied underbustle, changed the lower sleeves to be a little longer with an open seam, added a "V" shaped sort of mock-belt at the waist in blue to coordinate with the bridesmaids' dresses, a band of the same blue around the hem, and instead of a zipper I wanted a lace-up back. I added some light beadwork around the neckline, waist, upper sleeves, down the back lacing, and along the dress hem.  I would have liked to have done more, but I did not have time.

The main part of the dress is an off-white silk dupioni, the lower sleeves and veil are silk chiffon in the same color, and the waist and hem are accented in blue satin.  The body of the dress is lined with a lightweight china silk.  Here is how it turned out.

Me in the gardens after the ceremony - doesn't show the hem.


Wedding party - the colors are kind of off in this photo from being scanned.


Close up of veil and neckline;


Unfortunately the only pic I have of the back of the dress.  Also unfortunate, I did not get one of the train laid out Sad


And a few more just for fun, and because I am pretty proud of it Smiley






Please feel free to leave comments or criticisms.  It's been long enough now that I have been able to forget what a nightmare it was to make this, and am able to just sit back and enjoy it Smiley  Looking back, there are some things I would have done differently, including adding more beading details and perhaps something more detailed on the veil as well.  I may do this for an anniversary party we plan to have next year....  All in all, I think it turned out pretty nice.  Thanks for looking, and happy crafting!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010 03:26:10 AM »

wow, I think it's stunning the way it is! And i love your colour scheme!
Your photos look so happy Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010 03:29:59 AM »

That is absulutely Gorgeous! Is that emboidery or beading on the belt? The back view is beautiful - it must have taken ages to finish!
You look like a very cute and happy couple!
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2010 03:43:03 AM »

The dress is absolutely gorgeous and you and your husband form a very lovely couple. Congrats!! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2010 04:35:04 AM »

That dress is gorgeous!  I think you do a marvelous job!
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2010 05:44:55 AM »

Wow!  That is so pretty!  I got married to my ex in Hawaii, too, but didn't have the time to make my dress!  Sad  That is simply stunning!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2010 06:22:59 AM »

What a gorgeous dress - it's just perfect.  What a lovely couple you are.

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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2010 06:42:48 AM »

Wow! A beautiful dress, and I am very impressed with how well it fits you.  That must have been a ton of work.  Getting the fit that perfect is so fussy, but it definitely shows.  It looks great!
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2010 06:47:09 AM »

Stunning!
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2010 07:35:33 AM »

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! amazing job! CONGRATULATIONS!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2010 10:26:47 AM »

Your dress is gorgeous! Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2010 10:28:44 AM »

wow this is just stunning - when i first saw it i thought it was very lord of the rings! i love the lace up back, and agree with others it's perfect as it is. looked like a great wedding - congrats!  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2010 02:11:58 PM »

What a pretty dress! Congrats on your up-coming anniversary.
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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2010 08:06:00 PM »

Wow! That is amazing! I got married in October and there is no way I would have dreamed of sewing my own dress, and it was no where near as detailed. I absolutely love the lace up back! All your modifications fit together so well I am utterly jealous. Congratulations on the wedding and the fabulous dress!
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2010 10:20:39 PM »

Beautiful!  I love the blue details
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« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2010 02:50:39 AM »

Absolutely fabulous dress - you look so elegant in it.  Looks like it was a wonderful day.
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2010 03:14:52 AM »

I think your dress is gorgeous.   When I got married in 03 this is exactly what I should have worn , something medieval.

sorry about all the trouble your dress cost you.  It was well worth it I'm certain.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2010 06:12:01 AM »

Your dress is so beautiful! I love the blue accent you added.
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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2010 08:16:49 AM »

I absolutely love Rivendell and you have done a beautiful job!
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« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2010 09:10:33 AM »

Beautiful.

I love the coloured accents you added to your dress.

It looks great.
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« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2010 12:21:53 PM »

 Smiley Wow that dress is beautiful. You did a wonderful job, the stress of it all was well worth it.

You two look so sweet together.
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« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2010 03:09:44 PM »

What a beautiful couple you two make! Oh! and the dress is gorgeous too! Congrats!
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« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2010 01:58:50 AM »

Thank you all for your kind words and compliments - it was a very warm and lovely welcome to craftster for me Smiley

Is that emboidery or beading on the belt?

It is beading that was based on an embroidery design, kind of a viney flowery border pattern.  I printed out the design and resized it to fit the areas I wanted (the same design is used in a repeated pattern on the sleeves, neck, and back of the dress but it doesn't really show in the pictures), then transfered VERY LIGHTLY onto the dress with a water soluble fabric pen.  I then beaded the design onto the dress using silver-lined glass seed and bugle beads, 4mm clear bicone Swarovski crystals with AB finish, and Swarovski glass pearls.

And to everyone who commented on the time... It was VERY time consuming, partly becaue I didn't have a partner to help with fitting and tailoring and partly because as a self-taught seamstress it can be difficult to determine exactly how to make things happen the way you want them to.  Basically, it took a LOT of trial and error, especially with the lace-up back.  My muslin saved my life here, that's for sure!  Smiley

Thank you all again for your comments - I wasn't expecting such an overwhelmingly positive response for my first project posting, but it sure feels good!  Smiley   
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« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2010 12:30:40 PM »

Beautiful dress- the back looks awesome!

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« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2010 07:08:30 PM »

*drools* THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!!  You're hard work def. paid off. Congratulations on your dress AND you marriage! You both look so cute together!
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« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2010 02:32:21 AM »

That is some amazing dress, you look gorgeous and very happy.
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« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2011 07:01:26 PM »

 Smiley wow this gown is amazing, it's elegant and it still has the medieval style to it. Very nice
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