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« on: March 05, 2013 12:38:14 PM »

I have been dressmaking for several years and have always wanted to make a bridal gown so I was absolutely delighted last July when I finally found my first wedding dress client. Over the past 8 months or so I have been working with her to create her dream gown. I have been so lucky to have such an amazing bride to work with; she has such a great sense of style and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and her ideas.

The gown is made from silk dupion with a silk habutai lining and has a fishtail silhouette with a sweetheart neckline. I created an inner corset to give the bodice a more rigid structure. The entire dress was covered in a hand made Belgian lace which was embellished with sequins and beads to give it a subtle sparkle. The lace on the bodice was cut out from the tulle net that it came on and each flower was individually hand embroidered in place. The lace on the skirt was a separate overlay with carefully calculated applique seams to ensure that they were not visible. Only the best couture techniques to be used on this dress! The hem was finished with a scalloped lace trim. I also made the lace top but this was a last minute request finished the day before the wedding so I literally did not have time to take pictures of it! This has been the most involved and challenging project that I have undertaken to date but by far the most exciting and rewarding. I can't wait to find my next bride to do it all again!

Anyway, on to the pictures...

The bride and I


Drafting the pattern for the inner corset from block


Marking out lace overlay panels


Finished Dress


Bodice Front


Dress Back


Dress Front


Inner Corset Panel


Lace Embellishment
(Every single flower was cut out and stitched on by hand!)


Train


Train Bustled Up for Evening Festivities


Back of Lace Top


Thank you for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013 12:51:43 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013 12:52:06 PM »

This is really impressive!! Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013 01:06:42 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013 01:09:54 PM »

Your inner construction work is impressive!  The outside of the dress would not have fitted and draped as well had you not done all of this beautiful work from the inside out...you should be proud of your work...

Do you like doing it?  After two wedding gowns, I swore them off...I hated it! Smiley  It is an art to make such an important dress...you have to love doing it!
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013 01:11:59 PM »

Impressive work. And the dress turned out so lovely.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2013 01:44:17 PM »

Your inner construction work is impressive!  The outside of the dress would not have fitted and draped as well had you not done all of this beautiful work from the inside out...you should be proud of your work...

Do you like doing it?  After two wedding gowns, I swore them off...I hated it! Smiley  It is an art to make such an important dress...you have to love doing it!

Thank you! I absolutely loved it. Sewing on the lace took a looonnnnng time and was a very slow process but once it all started coming together it was just so much fun Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2013 01:48:59 PM »

I loved the beading and the detailed work...what I hated was the fittings...and fittings...and fittings! Cheesy

Both of my brides lost and gained weight every week, it seemed! Cheesy  After I hemmed four layers of the skirt, the bride changed shoes and needed it all to be longer! NEVER AGAIN! Cheesy

I am glad that you loved it...your work is splendid...and both of you look pleased with the outcome!  Just beautiful...
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2013 02:01:09 PM »

Wow that is absolutely beautiful. Better then Ive seen from the professionals..
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Beautiful!!
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