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Topic: What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Two Wedding Gowns, sorry…big, long post.  (Read 1704 times)
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« on: December 30, 2013 01:37:06 PM »

Well, the holidays are finally over and it's time to get on with a little backlogged posting. Last summer I made two wedding gowns. It pretty much took up my whole life and, as expected, I loved every minute of it. They are very different dresses for VERY different women, so take a look…

This dress was made for a friend who asked me to "help" her with her gown, which is beyond euphemistic since she doesn't know a presser foot from a street taco. But hey, I love 'er and it was a hell of a lot of fun.  Roll Eyes



I enjoy fitting curvy women because the result of a job well done is so satisfying. Both of these dresses started with fitting muslins and completed with couture techniques such as underlining, hand lace appliqué, and lots of hand sewing.

The fitting muslin is under the lace in this shot, and I thread-traced all of the stitching lines and other markings into the lace with red thread.



There is a seam under the arrow. There were 7 seams and darts in the lace, plus the scallops appliquéd at top and bottom edges and I was really happy with the result. It still amazes me how they can just disappear!



Here's part of the boned corselet.



I had recently run across my old Girl Scout badges, including the one acknowledging my skating accomplishments Wink. This bride is a Roller Derby girl so I surprised her by sewing the badge inside. She loved it!



I haven't seen any of the official wedding photos but here are a few more taken by a friend of mine.





The second dress was for my lovely niece. Bias cut silk charmeuse on her 5'11" frame was perfect. The dress was lined with the most delicious petal pink silk/cotton batiste. To die for!







Here's a bit of the fitting muslin. So much important and indispensable information.



And here is my daughter sewing with me on FaceTime…she lives in Copenhagen…so far away. We like to hang out for hours, sewing or cooking. It's the next best thing to having her home.Smiley



Thanks for looking  Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013 01:52:53 PM »

Both gowns are gorgeous!  Major kudos to you, I'm just sitting here thinking 'wow'!!  I have only dreamed of having the ability to sew like that. 

That's so nice that you and your daughter hang out like that on FaceTime, very cool  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013 02:35:29 PM »

GAH! Speechless.  Seriously. Just. AH!

PS I know her. That's right, I know MrsBowles.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013 03:25:45 PM »

These dresses are both so gorgeous and so individual! I especially love the picture of the bride against the brick wall and the pictures with the back view of the silky dress your niece is wearing. Amazing - well done:)
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2013 04:19:46 PM »

Thanks so much, y'all. I hope to make another one real soon!
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2014 02:56:16 PM »

I want that first dress!
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014 06:51:00 AM »

Both are fabulous!  I especially love the bias charmeuse.  So classy and gorgeous.  I get tired of seeing all the fit-and-flare gowns that are so prevalent.  They all look alike after a while.  But your dresses are flattering and beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2014 01:53:55 AM »

Wow, they are so beautiful. You are so genius to make so beautiful wedding dress. But personally, i love the second wedding dress better.
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2014 02:22:43 PM »

Your post it not to long, it had just the right amount of detail and showcasing  Wink. Excellent job.
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014 06:32:40 AM »

Those dresses are just gorgeous. Next thing we know, you'll be 'Mrs Bowles Couture'. You have some crazy good skills.
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