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My home made 50s lace wedding dress

By on November 18, 2012

Hello! With my first post last week I mentioned that I made my own wedding dress recently and asked if you’d like to see it. Some ‘yes’ replies have prompted me to post it here 🙂

It’s lace with an under layer of satin silk. I used a pattern for the top part and the skirt kind of evolved over time from slightly gathered to several panels (the lace was only wide enough for this rather than full circle) which were un-noticeable once finished. It was boned – it’s funny wedding dresses have a surprising amount of layers which I thought would be bulky, but not at all. I think I added four layers of netting in total for a full 50s look.

I really wanted something quite simple and of course, 50s inspired. The rest of the wedding was quite kitsch and I didn’t want to over do it on the dress!
We got married in a theatre and although it was winter it was warm enough for no sleeves –  I did make a little lace jacket too just in case but didn’t get around to wearing it!

My lovely friend, Sarah Belinda who is a dressmaker who helped me with it, surprised me by sewing in a scalloped edge on the petticoat – really pretty. The satin silk trim on the waist was a late addition.

If anyone is thinking of making their own wedding dress – I really recommend it. I’m very happy to give any advice (that I can) you can leave a comment here or email me via my site www.lucylovesya.com

Thanks for looking! 🙂 xx


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A kitsch print 50s inspired dress

By on November 13, 2012

Hello, this is my first post on here! I made a 50s style dress over the weekend with a kitsch print.

I used the Vogue 8766 for the top but because the skirt for this particular pattern was a full circle and my fabric just wasn’t wide enough, I cut out rectangles and gathered instrad for the front and back pieces, then obviously cut the back piece in half for the zip!

I do love bows – and wasn’t sure if the dress was enough, what with the full on pattern.. but I’m liking it.

It’s fully lined with one layer of netting.

The fit is good – next time I post, I will model my offering 🙂 I recently made my wedding dress which was lace and again in a 50s style… would anyone like to see this?

So glad to have found this site – their are some amazingly pretty outfits.

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