Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Wedding Gown

 To design my wedding gown I used three patterns and combined the elements of each design that I liked. I used McCall's 4713 for the skirt. I liked the train and fullness. For the bodice I used Simplicity 9829 but used the sweetheart neckline from Simplicity2174.

In this photo you can see the bustle. I made a European bustle which ties up under the skirt through a series of carefully placed rings. Pinning the bustle was a little tricky. I had only ever pinned a bustle while a gown was being fitted on to the wearer of the gown, in this case I had to pin the bustle while my dress form was wearing the gown. It took a little while for me to adjust the height of the dress form just right. : ) Nonetheless I was pleased with the outcome.

Here is a close up of the sash front which I hand embroidered and beaded with tiny pearls.

And the back of the sash closed with ribbon flowers I made from organdy ribbon and satin ribbon. It was difficult to capture the details since it is white-on-white. : )

Since I was quite young I had always dreamed of sewing my wedding gown. It was a fun experience I will never forget!


  1. Sarah ~ it is so very beautiful!

  2. Sarah...congratulations! You did a beautiful job. Every stitch shows the time love and prayers that I know you stitched in every seam. May our Lord bless your marriage. May HE guide your husband and yourself as you begin this new life together. Blessings to you! m.

  3. Your dress is so pretty, and you are a beautiful bride!
    Blessings to you both!

  4. This is such a beautiful dress! I admire how well you can sew. I learned how to hand sew working at an 1830s museum but the sewing machine is a little intimidating to me! : ) And I absolutely adore the flowers in your hair, such a great choice. A very late congratulations!