Friday, 28 November 2014

Wedding Dress Inspiration

Today I'm going to share with you my wedding dress inspiration. I had a general idea how I wanted my wedding dress to look and I was utterly amazed when I found a dress that exactly looked like in my imagination.

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The wedding dress is from Bluemarine. It is an empire waisted dress with a tulle overlay and little lace flowers at the waist, straps and skirt panels. I imagine I could also use some chiffon for the overlay and satin for the lining.

As I'm not into drafting my own patterns, I tried to find similar style dress patterns and I've found two that I have already ordered. One is a bridal pattern from Butterick (B5325)

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and the other one from Kwik Sew (K3400).

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Both patterns are very similar: Empire waist, boned bodice, princess seams, lapped zipper. I have never used boning before, so I think this will be a interesting experience (I only say practice, practice, practice). I really like the option that both patterns suggest to sew little buttons on the center back zipper :) If time allows it I will definitively add these because they just look so pretty. The Kwik sew pattern comes with a little bolero pattern made from lace, which I might make.

My dress will have little straps because otherwise I would be constantly worried that it is going to slip down (I only tried to wear a strapless dress once and it was a nightmare.). I'm planning to use some rose colored tulle/ chiffon and satin which I hope will enable me to wear the dress afterwards as well :)

As for the flowers, I had a quick look on ebay, but couldn't find what I was looking for. Most flowers are white and I would like to use pastel colored ones (rose, purple, yellow, green). I guess I could cut these flowers from actual lace.

I haven't bought any fabric yet as this will have to wait until I have started with the muslin and to see how much fabric (plus extra) I need. I'm also not sure how many layers of tulle I would have to use. The inspiration dress seems to have two layers. I'm getting rather excited :)

6 comments:

  1. These are all beautiful dresses- I think its such a great thing to make your own dress! My mum made her own wedding dress in the '70's and I think its lovely that its unique and no-one will have one quite the same one :)

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  2. Your inspiration dress is absolutely gorgeous, and I love both patterns that you've picked. Millions of luck with your dress, it's going to be beautiful!

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  3. Your inspiration dress is so pretty! And the patterns both look like good options for bringing your inspiration to life - I'm sure you'll do a great job!

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  4. Should the overlay be slightly bigger than the skirt? How to make the little flowers or what knid of trim to look for? The little buttons are a must.
    Cream, ivory, pearl, eggshell? So many questions... Exciting!

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  5. First of all congratulations on your engagement! As for the wedding dress I find your inspiration dress very beautiful and a great choice, also like the kwik pattern for including a bolero! Wish you the best of luck with this big project.

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  6. You're patterns are so spot on for your inspiration! I was a little worried about my wedding dress falling down too but once you get the boning in there and have it fitted exactly to your measurements I promise it's not going anywhere. I barely touched my dress all day because it hugged me in all the right places. I did add gathered tulle straps but they were purely decorative, the boned bodice was doing all the work.
    All the best with your muslin process - it's terrifying and fun at the same time!

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