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My Handmade Wedding Dress

by Pauline Alice
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This is certainly the most personal post I’ve ever written, but since I made it, let’s talk about my wedding dress!

A little bit of context first: I got married last October and I knew I wanted to make my wedding dress from the start. I’m sewing almost all my clothes so I could’nt imagine not sewing the dress I’ll remerber for ever. I was afraid it would be difficult and stressful but actually, it all went perfectly well. So there you go, here’s my wedding dress:

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I was inspired by a dress I tried on in a shop, the fabric was beaded and the cut pretty simple, but it was very original. My next move was to go fabric shopping (lucky for me, the fabric shop is next door to the wedding dress shop!) and I found some fabric almost identical to the dress I tried on before. I guess that was fate! I came home with 4 m of this amazing tulle beaded in transparent and white pearls and some champagne color silk crepe for lining.

The bodice is made of four pieces: two fronts and two backs. There is some folds at the front, gathered into a dart and the back is quite low. I added some rows of pearls to the back neckline and made a removable cape.

The skirt has some folds in the front and a small train at the back (with buttons so it can be lifted later for the dance).

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I don’t have any construction pictures but believe me, it was a very simple dress to make. The only complicated thing was working with the fabric, beads would fall everywhere (I still find some when I clean under the furniture!).

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The dress was not the only handmade item at the wedding: I made the watercolor illustration and design of the invitations, seatings and church booklet.
Thanks to Fandi, our photographs, for such great memories.
Have you made your wedding dress or are you considering it? Or do you prefer to buy clothes for special occasion and not put too much pressure on yourself? I would love to hear about it.


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Jeanne 14 June, 2017 - 9:15 am

je comprends que tu sois fiere de ta robe, elle est superbe et te va à ravir.
je regarde une emission tele en ce moment et là je dis……zut, je n’ai pas de mot pour traduire ce que je pense !!!!!!

Flavie 22 September, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Ta robe est vraiment très belle. Est ce que tu as utilisé ou est ce que tu t’es inspirée d’un patron ?
J’aimerais moi aussi coudre ma robe de mariée mais je suis un peu dans le flou…

Pauline Alice 22 September, 2017 - 6:04 pm

Merci beaucoup Flavie! J’ai fait le patron moi-même en m’inspirant d’une robe que j’avais essayé en boutique. Il y a un groupe sur Thread and Needles qui pourra peut-être t’aider: https://www.threadandneedles.fr/groupes/je-couds-ma-robe-de-mariee/home/
Bon courage!

Flavie 24 September, 2017 - 12:23 am

Super, merci beaucoup !


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