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From: smessier
Date: 01-04-2007, 12:55 PM (1 of 27)
I've been meaning to post these pics for a while now. You were all so helpful when I was looking for tips on how to combine patterns, and what kind of fabric to use.

I ended up using one pattern, Vogue #2849. I ditched the bow and brought the back way up to attach sleeves I designed. The dress is made from satin poly, with different beaded/embroidered fabric for inside the pleats. I used more of the beaded fabric in the back where I made a matching pleat that opened into the train. There's some gorgeous beaded trim applied around the waist. That trim is also all around the veil that I made to match.

I'd never done anything like this before, so I'm proud of myself! However, I could not have done it without all the help I had here.

Thanks again, to all who gave me suggestions.

User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: PaulineG
Date: 01-04-2007, 03:47 PM (2 of 27)
What a fantastic job you've done. Bride looks gorgeous. Well done.
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 01-04-2007, 04:42 PM (3 of 27)
Wow, that's beautiful! Great job!
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 01-04-2007, 09:23 PM (4 of 27)
WOW...great dress! A job well done!
TTFN from
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-04-2007, 09:25 PM (5 of 27)
Beautiful job! Both bride and the dress!
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-04-2007, 09:35 PM (6 of 27)
nice job !!!!:up:
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From: FranW
Date: 01-04-2007, 09:50 PM (7 of 27)
WOW!! Great job!:smile:
User: FranW
Member since: 11-20-2006
Total posts: 9
From: cshortsew
Date: 01-05-2007, 09:25 AM (8 of 27)
You did a beautiful job!
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
User: cshortsew
Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: Magot
Date: 01-05-2007, 11:12 AM (9 of 27)
Sandy you have every right to be proud of yourself- well done!
love and kisses, Jan
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DNA to order.
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From: momquilts
Date: 01-05-2007, 07:45 PM (10 of 27)
The gown is absolutely beautiful!!!!
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From: JustSewCrafty
Date: 01-05-2007, 08:13 PM (11 of 27)
WHat a fantastic job!
Im very impressed!
May your bobbin always be full-
"Sewing is the new black"
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Member since: 10-04-2006
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From: mozeyrn
Date: 01-05-2007, 08:39 PM (12 of 27)
Great job!
I like how you changed the back of the dress.
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
Kenmore 16231000
User: mozeyrn
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Total posts: 349
From: IsabelleB
Date: 01-06-2007, 06:36 AM (13 of 27)
What a beautiful dress! Well done!! The veil is fantastic too.
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
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From: VenusElaine
Date: 01-06-2007, 09:29 PM (14 of 27)
Absolutely beautiful bride, gown, and veil. A true labor of love, that bore gorgeous fruit.

"Always put as much effort into your marriage as you do into your wedding."
User: VenusElaine
Member since: 10-22-2005
Total posts: 126
From: smessier
Date: 01-15-2007, 01:16 PM (15 of 27)
I appreciate the kind words from all of you. Thanks for the help. (You know who you are!) :wink:

My goddaughter does look beautiful, doesn't she!

User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 01-15-2007, 11:02 PM (16 of 27)
That is gorgeous! I love the fullness of the skirt! I've been seeing so many A-line skirts lately, I forgot how stunning a very full skirt can be. Congratulations! - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: NDNQuilter
Date: 01-16-2007, 06:05 AM (17 of 27)
Breath taking! Both the dress and bride. :up: :up: :up: You did GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing. Gena
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From: cowqueenie
Date: 01-16-2007, 03:16 PM (18 of 27)
Not only does the dress look awesome and the bride look simply gorgeous in it but just think of what she feels like wearing it KNOWING all the hard work and love that went into making something that special for HER. You did a great job with the dress and with making memories more cherisable!
"A trip to the fabric store is my therapy"
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Member since: 10-30-2006
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From: bridesmom
Date: 01-17-2007, 09:45 PM (19 of 27)
Absolutely beautiful!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: L Easler
Date: 01-19-2007, 08:06 PM (20 of 27)
The dress is absolutely stunning (so is the bride)! You did a great job.
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From: nicolesewing
Date: 01-31-2007, 04:11 AM (21 of 27)
great job!
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Member since: 01-19-2006
Total posts: 24
From: Brenisback
Date: 01-31-2007, 04:32 AM (22 of 27)
What a beautiful Gown and very Pretty GD...great sewing job!!!

People come into your life ...for a Reason a Season or a Lifetime.
User: Brenisback
Member since: 09-20-2004
Total posts: 228
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 01-31-2007, 10:43 PM (23 of 27)
Is that your first wedding dress? If so it looks so professional. It's beautiful. I know there was a lot of love went into that dress. Great Job
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
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From: smessier
Date: 02-13-2007, 02:00 PM (24 of 27)
Thanks again, everyone!

Mother in Law, yes, that's my first formal gown. It was the advice I received from people on this site that helped me create it. MarilynnTx, Thank you!!!
User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: smessier
Date: 02-13-2007, 02:21 PM (25 of 27)
Thanks again, everyone!

Mother in Law, yes, that's my first formal gown. It was the advice I received from people on this site that helped me create it. MarilynnTx, Thank you!!!:bg:
User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: Oggy
Date: 02-18-2007, 08:58 AM (26 of 27)
The dress is gorgeous & quite similar to the one I'm starting to make for my daughter. Had the same experience too, trying to combine 2 patterns and then some more changes! Would you mind telling me what you used to edge the veil, it looks quite stunning but not too harsh. Also D would like a just a few crystals/beads dotted on the veil, any ideas? Thanks
User: Oggy
Member since: 10-08-2006
Total posts: 5
From: smessier
Date: 02-23-2007, 07:55 AM (27 of 27)
Hi Oggy!
I don't mind sharing what I did, at all!
I'm not good at naming fabrics, but the trim I used on the veil is a sheer but firm organdy maybe?
Anyway, it's sheer and came with the beading/crystals already applied. The same trim is sewn around the waist of my dgd's gown. I sewed it on with invisible thread, which was a huge pain to work with, but worth it in the end!

To attach the scattered crystals and beads around the veil, I think I'd just sew each on individually with the invisible thread. It will be time consuming, for sure, but I'd be afraid to ruin the tulle with any other type of application.

Good luck with your daughter's gown. And don't forget to show us some pictures!:bluewink:

User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
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