My Wedding Dress – Channelling Grace Kelly

by orchidsinmay

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I got married earlier this year in March. I decided to make my own wedding dress, it was something I’d always wanted to do (plus it meant I could have the dress of my dreams at a relatively low cost).

My husband & I had our ceremony & reception at an old mansion in Melbourne, Australia. To fit in with the more traditional surroundings I went with a vintage inspired gown. I had always loved Grace Kelly’s gown & so when I saw Vogue Pattern V2979, I knew I what I wanted to make.

March in Melbourne can be very hot (40C) so I decided to make the short sleeved version. For the lace I picked a very light embroidered tulle. The rest of the dress was made in silk dupioni, (I wore a hoop skirt underneath to get the skirt to sit out nicely). I made a number of alterations, I moved the buttons to the rear of the dress, moved the front seam lines outwards slightly & then finally I replaced the lace underlining with a corset. Here are the pictures of the finished product, (these were taken by my photographer, you can visit their website here, I couldn’t have been happier with them).


Mum stitching the sash in place before the ceremony;


The view from behind;


Detail of the lace scallop;


Last, but not least, my favourite photo of all (the ‘Gone With The Wind shot’). The skirt has been bustled in this picture.


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Hi! My name is Steph, during the day I'm a mechanical engineer, but one of my favourite hobbies is sewing. I've been sewing for about 6 or so years now & I spend most of my spare time sewing. The things I enjoy making the most are probably the most frivolous things, pretty dresses & evening gowns, but there are some practical things that I enjoy making, like tailored jackets. Lately I've really been enjoying learning about vintage techniques & couture techniques, & applying them in what I make. I also keep a blog, you can find it here: orchidsinmay.com

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Miss P December 3, 2010 at 4:48 am

Just beautiful…
Miss P
xxx

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Evie December 3, 2010 at 7:44 am

Gorgeous dress. So elegant, and a belated congratulations!
- Evie

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laurie December 3, 2010 at 11:50 am

Amazing. That dress is perfect, gorgeous, and you did a marvelous job. Congrats!!

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Anonymous December 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Exceptional, beautiful dress!

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tammyO. December 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

lovely! i've had this pattern in my stash forever…i'm already married, but it's so pretty i had to buy it.

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Making Changes December 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Congratulations. The dress is STUNNING and your wedding photos are grand. Many congratulations!

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unfinishedprojectparty December 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I am very impressed! How long did it take you to make it?

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Orchids In May December 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for all your lovely comments.

@unfinishedprojectparty:
I'm not sure exactly how long it took. I made the muslin in a week after work. Then I made the actual dress over my Christmas break. It probably took about 40 hours during my break, & then I had all the finishing details, sewing on buttons etc…

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Rachel December 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

That is just stunning. What an amazing dress.

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When Ladies Dressed December 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm

You look stunning and your gown is a timeless masterpiece! Congratulations and thank you for sharing pics of your special day.

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KimP December 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! I am in awe of your talent – and you were a stunning bride!

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perfectweddingdressfinder December 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

Nicely done!!! It is so special to be able to make your own wedding dress! Very few people nowadays can say that. I know you will probably keep it as an heirloom to pass down in your family. If you should… make sure you preserve it to keep it from yellowing or deteriorating over the years.

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The Lady in Red December 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Wow. Your dress is absolutely gorgeous and you were a stunning bride! Congratulations!

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The Sew Convert December 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Congratulations! The dress is perfect and you looked amazing in it! What wonderful photos too:)

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