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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jane Austen meets Juliet wedding dress. 4 pics on: February 05, 2010 08:10:41 AM
Thank you so much everyone. I'm so glad that other people can use something from it, even if it was just to help find a pattern Smiley

Sewing my own wedding dress was NOT something I ever imagined I'd do (I started sewing relatively recently) but I am so glad I did. Wedding planning was stressful and unpleasant, and I was very glad that the dress at least was in my hands. Strangely enough, despite the last-minute rush, sewing it was the thing that relaxed me most.

To anyone who's considering sewing their own dress, I'd say give yourself plenty of time to do a mock-up, but once you know that works then absolutely go for it.

Thank you again for all the congratulations!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jane Austen meets Juliet wedding dress. 4 pics on: February 04, 2010 06:33:24 AM
From Cate pattern on the Burda site. A lot of people had issues with the pattern pieces but I took too many flu pills one day and after that it was really easy to understand.

I did change the skirt pattern - used a 1/4 circle skirt, because the skirt in the pattern is VERY full and makes you look pregnant. I wasn't and didn't want to look like I was. Other minor change was that I beaded the bodice instead of sewing a tab of fabric over to hide the ruching. I also added buttons to the bodice as I don't trust my zip inserting skills. The zipper begins where they end, but is hidden in folds of skirt.

Happy accidents: The gathered skirt at the back. I got something wrong with the formula for the circle skirt, and the waist was much too big. So I pushed it all around the back, and quite like the effect. And the little rise of the front hem: the fabric wasn't quite enough for my height plus heels - bias cut uses so much! I considered cutting all the way around the bottom to even the hem, but decided I didn't want to lose the length at the back. Turns out it made it much easier to walk, dance, etc., and my pretty shoes weren't wasted.

Bought the fabric (raw silk) in September, hemmed the skirt the night before the wedding (28 November). Don't tell anyone but the lining was made from an old cotton bedsheet and didn't get hemmed, only pinked. Smiley

Thanks for looking!

Bodice detail

Full length

Back view

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First sewing project: Cinderella corset and skirt on: October 04, 2009 07:29:28 AM
Wow, thanks all so much for the kind comments!

I drafted a very fitted bodice pattern (sleeves, collar, etc.) based on my measurements and instructions I got off the net, then free-hand drew and cut it across the top and bottom to get the shape I wanted. I've done a quick search and can't seem to find the site with the instructions I used, but I'll check if I still have them lying around somewhere. I printed them off but have since moved house, so they might have been binned!

The sawblades had teeth - I used masking tape to cover up the serrated side, then sewed covers out of some ribbon before I slipped them into the boning channels, just for a bit of extra padding. Nothing has poked through, and they really help stop the buckling and creasing around the waist. Plus, you have no idea how bad-ass you feel wearing something with sawblades sewn in.

Will do my best to find the site I used for this. Thanks again for looking, all Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First sewing project: Cinderella corset and skirt on: September 30, 2009 08:07:56 AM
Hi all,

I've been lurking since last year, and thought it might finally be time to post something.

My sewing experience prior to this was limited to making a t-shirt in high school home ec., but my mom sewed a lot for me before she passed away and I still have her antediluvian sewing machine. So when a friend announced a fancy dress party last year, I decided to go as Cinderella at midnight and thought I'd try to make an outfit myself. I was thinking pretty ballgown fabrics turning into an apron and rags.

Full length:

The skirt is three circle skirts with the points left on - two layers of cheap washable velvet and one of stretch lace, hemmed and joined to a waistband. I'm not very big on top, so I didn't include any kind of closure - it just goes over my head. I hitched the lace up in two places for a kind of 'tucked-in apron' effect.


The corset was much easier than I thought, but I did a LOT of research and looked at I don't know how many corset posts here on Craftster and elsewhere for inspiration and how-to. I ended up drafting a pattern from instructions I got off the net for free. I mocked it up and made a few adjustments before starting on the real thing, but for the most part it fitted pretty well. The biggest pain was sewing the lace insets - stretchy and temperamental - and setting all those grommets (it laces up front and back).

Corset back:

The corset is boned with sawblades. I remembered a dress my mom sewed which was boned with rigilene and buckled horribly at the waist - I wasn't going to take any chances.

Sorry I don't have a better picture of this, but I covered one of the pair of shoes with the silvery lace for a glass slipper effect.

And at the party with Minnie Mouse, Desdemona and Lady Macbeth. (Occupational hazard of being an English Lit major - fighting with friends for who gets to be the Shakespeare girl.) It was winter, so I bought a grey top to wear underneath (which happened to be a v-neck - didn't look great with the straight-across corset, so I sewed on some of the lace and cut a square neck).

Thanks for looking - critique and tips for next time welcome!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY 50's style Wedding Dress is done!!!! (UPDATE: I have wedding photos!) on: September 30, 2009 08:06:43 AM
Ooh I've been waiting to see these. Beautiful dress, beautiful pictures, and the story on your blog about the gel inserts is too funny. The things one does.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: man-gagement ring? on: September 30, 2009 08:05:00 AM
Good story ^ Smiley

My boy asked to wear a ring so that he can also look 'taken'. I got a plain silver band made, but because it was comfort fit it ended up being too big. He told me not to bother resizing it (since I'd already been back and forth to the jewellers' for another issue) and now he's wearing it on his index finger. But I've just ordered the real thing - and I can't wait to see it on the RIGHT finger, dammit. Roll on November.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: September 30, 2009 08:01:42 AM
Oh my. I cannot tell you how excited I would be to get an invitation like this. And I also can't wait for your pictures!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Captivity lace-up shrug on: September 30, 2009 08:00:17 AM
It looks beautifully made, and I love the fact that it'll keep the chill off without hiding too much of the outfit.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My wedding dress... on: September 30, 2009 07:57:50 AM
Gorgeous. Brave of you to sew your wedding dress and I think you were really creative with modifying the bodice you didn't like to something that worked so well. Oh, and congratulations!
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