Archive | September 2008

First Wedding Gown


The first wedding gown I made was for my sister Jody.  She is a brave soul.  This was my first attempt at something so important.  I had been making clothes for quite some time, but nothing quite so grand.   Jody is just over 5 feet tall.  We decided to make a fairly simple gown, keeping all the lace at the bodice and sleeves in order to lengthen the look.    We also made the veil the same length as the train to avoid a line across her mid-section from behind.

I used Simplicity 6241 with little adjustment to the pattern.   We found a beautiful fabric at Cloth World (now Joann’s) that looked like China Silk.  It had a beautiful drape and it was very light for the June 1986 wedding.  We spent the most budget on the Alencon lace – almost $20 a yard.  I think the fabric as $2.50 a yard in 1985.  By plan, we only needed about 2 yards of lace for the dress.  We found a complementing lace for the veil for under $4 per yard.   We needed about 6 yards of it for the edge of the veil.

Doesn’t she look beautiful?

The Beginning


My niece Jacquelyn is getting married in July 2009.  I have offered to make her wedding dress.  This will be the fifth wedding dress I have made over the last ~20 years.  I have made dresses for both my sisters, my sister-in-law and a friend.  I have plenty of time to get this done over the next 10 months.   My plan is to post as I go, including pictures on the status of the dress as well as the detail on how it is made.

We started this weekend with pictures and dreams.  She showed me several dresses she liked and  several she did not like.  It was a good start.  Her current view is to have a strapless gown with a corset-type design on the bodice and a scrunched skirt.  I haven’t done a scrunched skirt before.  I expect it wlll take an extra couple of feet of length to get the right balance.

I have given her the first assignment.  She is to purchase a good bra that will hold the girls where she wants them to be.  This is is preparation for building a custom dress form.