1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My home made 50s lace wedding dress

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


  1. Beautiful- you did a great job! When you wrote the previous post I took a look at your blog and saw the the lovely photos there! Well done to you!

    I made my wedding dress – 1920’s style and that used lots of layers as well.

  2. What a pretty dress for a pretty bride. It’s terrific that you decided to sew your own and the lace and 50’s inspired look is fabulous!

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