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?