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« on: January 01, 2010 06:13:27 PM »

I finished it just in time for my daughter's wedding celebration on Sunday! She emailed me some photos of dresses she liked and I made it without a pattern. To be sure that I could fit her, she had an idea from something she had read: put on an old t-shirt and wrap her body with duct tape and then cut that off. She mailed it to me and I stuffed it with with newspaper and put it on a hanger so I had a dressmaker dummy to work with:

To make sure I had what she wanted I got some inexpensive fabric of the same weight as the white silk of the dress and made a quick version of the dress a little big and mailed it to her. I had her pin it so it would be the right fit and then mail it back. Then I cut the silk sewed the dress.

She didn't want any fancy work--I really wanted to do some bead work and hand crochet on it, but the only "fancy" work she approved was the silk braid I made around the bodice. So it is really quite a simple design, but she is so beautiful (IMHO) that I could have sewed a burlap sack for her and she would have looked elegant! It has a built in bra and is backless. I put in a long zipper in the back.

It was fun making this. I've been making clothing for her since she was a baby (wow, that was 32 years ago!) I was so honored and pleased that she asked me to make her wedding dress. Of course, it got completed the night before the big day (honest, it would have been done way before, but you know how busy a craftsperson gets!) Anyway, I wanted to have her close by to do the final fitting and get the hem length right and she lives clear across the country on the opposite coast, so it makes sense to wait til the last minute, right?

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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010 06:32:15 PM »

It's gorgeous!! You did an amazing job. I love how you went about it with mailing things back and forth. What a clever idea!

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010 07:09:18 PM »

Beautiful result! you must be so proud to have added something so special to her wedding day.

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010 07:17:07 PM »

It is so simple and elegant and beautiful! And I agree, your daughter is so stunning that she doesn't need any embellishment!

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010 07:41:07 PM »

after watching say yes to the dress, this is a refreshing dress to look at! It's just beautiful, I adore a simple dress on a bride that is not so fussed up you don't recognize her! Great job! I also really like the braid on it, she looks just fabulous!

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2010 12:05:06 AM »

This is so gorgeous. She looks stunning. I agree too, she doesn't need anything else on the dress. It is beautiful as it is. Just like her.

« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2010 12:20:38 AM »

Very beautiful and elegant! And that's an interesting way of doing the fitting from a distance.
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010 08:05:48 AM »

wow, your work turned out really beautiful, love it

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010 10:19:00 AM »

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments! Silk is so fun to work with, isn't it?

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2010 11:10:07 AM »

I love the simplicity. You look fantastic!

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