Wedding Gown for Wedding Gown Designer

 

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In honor of my anniversary this week I thought I would post some photos of my wedding dress.  As a designer I have a very clear aesthetic; I favor clean lines, sleek silhouettes, figure flattering proportions and high quality fabrics.  Long sleeves are a passion of mine so that was my jumping off point for the gown.  My vision was a modern sleek gown made from gorgeous fabric.  To give a simple gown some interest add structural design, this was achieved through the seaming of the gown (hard to see in photos, see sketch).  Another fun detail was the beading, done by hand, around the wrist area of sleeves; if you look close at the above photo you can see it.  I had fun creating this dress for my special day!

Blessing Dress in the Making

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Fabric Selection:  Peach English Net

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Pattern-work:  I created a pattern using cut & slash drafting techniques.  For bridal I predominately drape my patterns.

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Mock up:  I always do a mock-up out of muslin to check my patterning and make needed fit or design changes.  In this case I added extra fullness to the dress and sleeves to achieve my design vision.  Once the pattern is perfected I begin to cut and sew!

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Adorning:  To give the dress something extra special I used left over lace trims from a bridal client.  I combined them to create this lace motif.

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Accessorize:  Every girl has to have coordinating bow and shoes!  These were really fun to make.

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Shoes:  No-sole lace sandals.  I was surprise that they stayed on all day.  They wrap around the toe and velcro behind the ankle.

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My little doll look adorable for her baby blessing; it was extra special for her to wear a custom piece by her mom!  Children’s dresses are really quite simple to make.  Even if you have the most elementary sewing skills you can do this.  Find a very simple pattern, have fun selecting materials (it is my favorite part) and just do it!