Making a wedding dress (part 3)

Last weekend was the point of no return with the dress. After considering many options regarding how to embellish the dress, we finally chose to embellish with ribbons and roses. I know it doesn’t sound very weddingy, but this dress is anything but that! It’s deep colour (purple) means that beads and crystals don’t show up very well, so we discarded our original idea of placing beading on the front. In addition, my daughter doesn’t want any lace on the dress, making it almost impossible to think of a design for beading or of overlaying lace. I think the colour would have been a problem here too.

So here’s what we decided. The ribbon is placed on the front in natural “sprays”, each one ending with a flower. We drew the design on spare pattern pieces and held it on her to ensure that there aren’t any badly placed flowers. I took the design and cut along the lines. Then, placing it carefully over the fabric, I pencilled the line onto the fabric with a fabric pencil. Each piece of ribbon was then tacked, and finally sewn with a metallic thread in a wide zigzag. I’m hoping that she’ll like the final effect as much as I do. I now have to sew together the bodice. The flowers will only be sewn on by hand when that is done.

I’ve placed the flowers on the fabric for the photos so you can see the effect. What do you think? I must apologise for the bad photography. I hadn’t realised there were so many shadows. Anyway, you get the idea.

The two bodice panels side by side.
The two bodice panels side by side.
Close-up of a flower.
Close-up of a flower.
Close-up of ribbon.
Close-up of ribbon.
Bodice pieces side by side.
Bodice pieces side by side.
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6 thoughts on “Making a wedding dress (part 3)

  1. When you said you were going to experiment with ribbon and flowers, I thought you were very brave, and like you, wondered how it would work on this fabric. The color of the ribbon is lovely and the wide zig-zag to attach it looks great. The flowers are beautiful. Did you buy them or make them? Looks like you are well on your way to the finished dress.

    1. Hi Lynn. Thanks for your kind comments. The photos really don’t do it justice. I bought the flowers and they really were a godsend! I have the facing tacked and the zip tacked in as well, so tomorrow she’s coming for another fitting. If that all goes well. I’ll sew like crazy this weekend. I’m leaving on the 31st for South Africa to help my parents through my mom’s hip replacement op. Get back on 1 May and the wedding is on 18 May. Phew!

      1. Tacking in zippers always gave me so much trouble. Hope all goes well with your mom’s op. My mom’s been sick and we’re helping out, but I wasn’t trying to sew a wedding dress! Good luck on everything!

  2. It looks beautiful, and your sewing is imaculate, she is going to look gorgeous in it, I can’t wait to see her in it,

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