Saturday, March 26, 2011

Another Wedding Dress





I'm back again with another wedding dress.  Late in 2009 I was asked to re-make and re-design a wedding dress for a nice young lass.  It had been her mother's of course, but the fabric was in good condition.  She didn't want anything over the top, and that is understandable given that we didn't really want to buy too much more for the making of the frock.  Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a photograph of the original frock.  It was typical of the seventies, ie empire line, slightly A-line skirt with seaming, train coming from back panels, some lace on the bodice, quite large sleeves, and little guipure daisies as edge trim.  Oh, and the fabric was a lovely white crepe [and still nice and white]. 


Having such a volume of fabric in the sleeves was a great help, as I was able to cut a bustier from them.  The skirt part was simply sewn in at the top area, enough to fit her waist, and that gave me enough to cut off the bottom, and discard some of the marked areas.  The little daisies came in handy for a simple asymetrical bodice trim, and a tiny bit of left over became a flower.  The only new things were the hot fix crystals [3 mm] in the daisy centres, and the continuous rhinestone beading attached to the top.

I am pleased to say she was really thrilled with the finished result, as was her mother.  This was a challenge, but one I enjoyed because of the sentiment involved.  The lass looked just stunning on her big day.  Again, simplicity seems to work in most cases.

Thank you all again for your enthusiasm regarding my hardanger.  I am so enjoying making something to fit a piece of fabric I have, rather than buying fabric to fit a design I have!!  Hope that makes sense.  

I have returned to the 'normal' font.  For some reason my monitor is displaying fonts much larger than before, and I thought that might be showing up in the big world of blogging.  I didn't want to appear to be talking at the top of my voice to attract attention.  Obviously, what I see, others don't.  Thanks for telling me. 

12 comments:

Cathy said...

I like the smaller font!

WHAT A GORGEOUS DRESS~! Wonderful~

Iceni UK said...

Linda, oh wow, the dress is beautiful, so classic and elegant. The bride has a dress she will treasure.
Hugs

DIAN said...

Linda, It is lovely to see this wedding gown again. Those little crystals in the centre of the daisies just highlight the elegant design.

I wonder if the fabric will be made over again: perhaps a christening gown?

Frances Leate said...

Linda you have designed and made a beautiful gown that is very elegant - absolutely wonderful! Take care.

Anney said...

Hi Linda,just popped in to see what wonderful things you're up to..how beautiful the dress is,you've been so busy and creating such beauty as is your style! Love all the 'nature'photos you show also.
Love Anney

D'S THREADS DOWN SOUTH said...

Linda, I have'nt been on here much lately, but thought I would pop in to see what you have been up to, and what a beautiful dress. I'm sure the girl was thrilled, truely beautiful.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, You are a master seamstress. You did a truly beautiful job in re-creating her Mum wedding dress. I am sure they were both thrilled. Lovely job. Hugs Judy

Robin Mac said...

What a lovely dress you have created. Thanksso much for going back to the usual font - much easier for my poor eyes. Cheers

Radka said...

Beautiful dress, Linda:)) I love all the details on it.

shirley said...

What you have done with this is just stunning Linda, you are a lady of great style.

Kerrie said...

Great work Linda - I bet there was a very happy bride wearing this - you are very talented.

Katherine said...

Thanks for sharing another beautiful dress. You truely are an inspiration and very clever to boot.