I Made My Wedding Dress--Part II ~ Mountain Mama

Friday, April 17, 2009

I Made My Wedding Dress--Part II

Part I, Part III, Finale

The odds of my truly becoming a princess a la Princess Diaries are slim. However, I was determined to feel like a princess on my wedding day--with a princess dress. I had the vision. I wanted a corset bodice that laced up the back. I wanted a voluptuous skirt that was pleated not gathered. I was rapidly steering away from a white, fouffy wedding dress.

I found the perfect pattern for the corset--Vogue 1605 (now out of print). The skirt of the pattern left something to be desired, but the corset was just right.

I made a mock-up with some cheap satin (I figured my silk would not be a good thing to practice on). I made some adjustments (discovering I have a long torso along the way) and adjusted the pattern pieces accordingly. I laid out the four fabrics I was using--silk brocade, silk lining, organza interlining and baby flannel interlining--took a deep breath, mumbled incoherently and started cutting.

The whole thing went together in a day. Once I started, I couldn't stop.

Have I mentioned how much I love this silk?


  1. It is a really beautiful silk. I also did not do a traditional wedding dress (ie. white or cream) but I'll discuss that another time.

  2. Wow. That is really gorgeous, and I am so insanely jealous of this kind of skill. I'm fairly new at sewing, but I know perfectly well I will never aspire to this level just because of my own laziness.

    We bucked tradition; Matt designed my dress. He didn't actually see the finished product until the wedding day. I'll have to do a post with pictures soon. Our anniversary is coming up.

  3. I wish I had a professional costume designer at my fingertips.

    My closet would look completely different.

  4. Christine, I know how can sew; I've seen many of your pieces before. But wow. I'd not seen the dress - I'm in awe! If only I had that much skill. :)


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