Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guipure Lace Wedding Dress

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I sewed this dress for my dear friend Linda. Doesn't she look amazing!? I lost count of the number of hours I spent on this dress, but I truly loved making it. This particular lace is a guipure lace, which is heavily embroidered motifs. In order to piece the lace together, it is essential to drape the lace on a dress form and hand-sew in together. Yes, entirely hand-sewn.... carefully cutting around each motif and overlaying over the next piece to blend the lace without seams. It was a labor of love indeed, but well worth it in the end.



I love my dress form :)
 I did a simple silk sash and did some simple hand beading to accent it.
Check out those silk covered buttons. So classy :)

I'm working on another wedding dress now that has a alençon lace top and a English netting bottom. To die for... that wedding isn't until July, so stay tuned!

12 comments:

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Wow! just WOW!!!
The bride looks amazing, but your work just blows my mind... one lucky bride to have you as a friend.
VERY nicely done!!!

Our Little Family said...

Jodi, This Is Beautiful!

Heather said...

AMAZING! BEAUTIFUL! I'M BLOWN AWAY!

Bart-Eve Smith said...

WOW! beautiful!

Janelle @ Emmaline Bags said...

This dress is just fabulous. Beautiful work, and really such a perfect fit. The Bride was gorgeous and what a nice figure to sew for!! Love it.

Bodenseefelchen said...

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Guy and Kat said...

Oh my goodness... Beautiful! So impressive!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful dress :) . What kind of guipure is that?

Danielle @ The Fashion Of Christ - Christian Fashion Blog said...

That dress is gorgeous!

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LISA said...

This is a beautiful work of art! Did you happen to start with a base pattern for the main dress? I need to make a modest dress and looking for this
type.:)

Jodell said...

Thanks, Lisa! I had a hard time finding a trumpet cut pattern, so I started with a simple dress pattern with a princess seam fitted to the knees. Lengthen the skirt pieces at the knees, fanning each piece out to create the trumpet. Cut the pattern out of muslin and piece it together using a base stitch. Fit it to the bride, taking in where needed and pin it along the side to fit it like a glove along starting at underarm, then waist, hips and thighs. Other areas to adjust fitting are bust along the princess seams, shoulder (a lot of patterns are too wide in the shoulders), and neckline. Feel free to draw directly onto the muslin to note alterations. Adjust your muslin pattern by trimming in the needed areas, remove the base stitching and this will become your custom pattern pieces. If the muslin fitting was way off, then you may want to do a second muslin fitting to ensure your pattern is good. Hope this helps!