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« on: October 26, 2010 01:25:01 PM »

When we got engaged towards the end of September 2009, my mom offered to make my dress, thinking that it would be months off. Then, we sprung on her that actually, we were going to get married on November 5 2009.  So...the dress making began! 

I won't bore you with all the photos of it step-by-step, but I've got a few hilarious stories to go along with making a wedding dress in 5 weeks:

-JoAnn Fabric "couldn't find" the fabric I wanted, but knew it was in stock when we called one store from another.  Mom and I drove over and found the fabric exactly where it was supposed to be.

-We broke a sewing machine (and still haven't gotten it fixed)

-Zipper foots are not "clip on, clip off" as previously stated in the directions. 

-Helpful when making a dress for a short person to remember this and NOT make it an extra foot long

-Even hemlines? What are those?  My dress dipped in the back, but I didn't care.


Also, I didn't want to be a traditional bride in white, or even in a traditional gown.  I was 30, marrying a 39 yr old, and we were having a very private ceremony with witnesses and parents followed by receptions in the US and UK.  Since I wasn't having any attendants, I wanted to wear the colour! 

This is the pattern I picked:


And a few pics of making it:


We had to use my aunt's ping pong table to lay out the fabric


My mom and aunt hard at work


It took all three of us to put the hem in, as the bottom measured over 200 inches

And, the finished product:

(apologies if this pic was huge)

And, because I wanted Tim to match, I made him a tie:

Which was actually really hard to do. I took one of my uncle's ties apart to make the pattern, but getting that point done and the neck curve was hard!
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010 01:39:49 PM »

Great job! You look so happy--congratulations!
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010 01:51:41 PM »

Thanks! We call that picture the "Princess Popcicle" picture because I felt like a princess in my dress and I was getting cold! Cheesy

Here's my favourite wedding pic:
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010 01:54:46 PM »

Something else I should mention... I'm usually around a US 18 or so for dresses.  When we were piecing the mock up of the dress, the top part was a US 24!  I was absolutely shocked! 

There's also a very interesting dart under the arm because despite measuring it at least four times, it got really wide and "gappy" (as my mom said) under the arms, so the solution was to put a dart under the arm. No one could see it, so it didn't matter!
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010 03:00:23 PM »

great dress and you make a beautiful bride! Love the color
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2010 03:37:01 PM »

great dress and you make a beautiful bride! Love the color

Thank you! I had a lot of comments pre-wedding that I would "look like a grape" if I wore purple, but I loved the colour. My mom wasn't too happy and when I tried on the dress, the first thing she said to me was "you don't look like a bride", but I think she got over it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2010 04:14:15 PM »

You look lovely!
That is such a great pattern.
I am also a retail size 18, so I HATE pattern sizing LOL
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2010 09:31:08 PM »

The dress is beautiful, and the color makes it unique. At least you will be able to wear it for other things. Purple is the color of loyalty and a marriage is just that. Congratulations and many you have many happy times in the future.
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2010 04:07:05 AM »

You look lovely!
That is such a great pattern.
I am also a retail size 18, so I HATE pattern sizing LOL

Thanks!  Yeh, I was absolutely shocked when we started measuring things out.  So crazy!

The dress is beautiful, and the color makes it unique. At least you will be able to wear it for other things. Purple is the color of loyalty and a marriage is just that. Congratulations and many you have many happy times in the future.

Thank you!  I never though of it as being the colour of loyalty, but you're right.  I wore the dress again for the UK reception, and if there's a formal event (not like there are many), I might hem the dress up to tea length. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2010 05:34:42 PM »

I love the pic of you smiling, you look like the happiest bride in the world!
I dont think you look like a grape, and white would have washed you out, the colour makes you look regal.
Thanks so much for sharing, Grin
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