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.

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)


and the other one from Kwik Sew (K3400).

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 :)


  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 :)

  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!

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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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