My vintage inspired wedding gown

by candiceert

in 1930s,Applique,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Let me preface this by saying that this is my first post to date! I’ve been sewing for a couple of years and this was actually the first dress I ever sewed.
When I got engaged, I jokingly considered “just making my own dress” as a way to ease the financial burden that a wedding can cause. However, the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I was by the idea. When I finally decided, it seemed like the world was against me. But, that really only fueled the fire. I had sewn shirts and skirts so I knew a dress couldn’t be any more difficult…and it really wasn’t. Except for the fact that I bought real silk which meant I couldn’t get even a drop of water on it.
I was mostly inspired by Madeleine Vionnet and her 1930′s bias cut gowns. I loved the soft and feminine look of the gowns and the non-corset bodice. The flouncy bottom of her dresses also drew me to that style. I flirted with the idea of learning to bias sew but quickly laughed that off.
The more and more I sewed my dress the more I wanted lace on it. At the same time, my mom was offering for me to wear her dress from 1980 (not to mention she’s a half foot shorter than me and about 3 dress sizes smaller). So instead I decided to use the lace from her gown and incorporate it in my own.
I also decided to make a detachable train which I am so glad that I did. It felt so nice dancing around without a train dragging me down.

Here are some more photos of the dress. I used the delicate lace to draft sleeves and finished it with a small scalloped edge. The front and back bodice incorporated both the delicate lace and the wider lace. I trimmed the bottom of my dress in the wider lace and the front opening and bottom of my train.

Here is when the train came off:

Also I used vogue v2931 and took in the panels on the train, took off the bow and straps, and took in the top of the sloth as well. I also separated the train to make it detachable.

PennyandMary and DIYbride posted about it if you’re interested.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

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PepperReed February 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

Wow!! What beautiful dress! That detachable train is a great idea. You look Lovely and Congratulations!

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Diana February 3, 2014 at 11:05 am

Your dress is stunning! You look amazing!

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Lazy Seamstress February 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Stunning! Beautiful dress, love the fact that you re used lace from your Mother’s dress, how wonderful. x

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EmSewCrazy February 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm

That is gorgeous! You did a great job! You should be so proud.

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candiceert February 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Thank you all so much! It means a lot especially coming from others in the “sewing world”…!

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MaciNic February 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Every aspect of this is wonderful! Incorporating your mum’s dress’s lace, having both a full, train & all white dress that’s then cocktail dress & doing it all early in your dress sewing timeline – Congratulations!!!

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Jayne February 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

WOW! I don’t think my 10th dress looked that good. Your have really out done yourself.
I think it’s lovely idea to incorporate some of your Mum’s dress into yours, & the style is so flattering.
Great idea with the fully detachable flounce/train. I did that with a Beauty & the Beast costume to save making two whole costumes, but would never have thought about doing it for a wedding dress. Posting the in the ‘remember’ file in my brain.
Your wedding looks amazing.
Congratulations & happy future.

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Jillian February 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

This is amazing – well done! What a task to take on as your first dress and how lovely to incorporate the lace from your mother’s gown. Just gorgeous

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Samantha February 4, 2014 at 8:41 am

I love this!! You did a fantastic job :)

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Jordan February 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Crazy beautiful!

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