Saturday, November 14, 2015

Two Lace Ladies

I've wanted to photograph these two dresses together for a while now. I finally had the chance this fall and thankfully the weather cooperated. The dresses look much better outside against our stunning fall backdrop then they would have looked inside. Sadly all that beautiful color is gone now that we are well in to November. The gown with the long train is of course my wedding dress and the other is the one I made to wear to the reception.

This is actually the first time I've pulled these dresses out since packing them away after the wedding. Please forgive the wrinkled fabric as I didn't take the time to steam them.

You can read all about the construction of these dresses here. But I thought this was a good time to share some more detailed shots too. :) (There are loads of wedding photos in this post. If you're interested in how I planned my vintage themed wedding check out this post.)

Normally you want your bias tape to match your project. I used peach bias tape to bind the neck, arms and hem of my wedding gown because that's what I had on hand at the time. Plus I really didn't care that it didn't match, I just wanted the dress done!

My felt flowers are still looking nice! The corsages were costume made by Lucy of 1940s Style for You. Lucy also runs an Etsy shop of the same name. I made all our bouquets using wool felt, floral wire and an array of vintage mother of pearl, plastic and rhinestone buttons. I know I took photos while I was making them but can't seem to find the flash drive that hold them. Pooh! But when I do I'll post a tutorial for sure!

At some point I plan to do some major deconstruction and refitting of my reception dress. I had to resize the pattern which created some fitting issues with the bodice. It was thrown together pretty quickly the week before the wedding and never fit right. I don't like looking at the picture of me wearing it because I can see how wonky it is. Anyone else have projects like that? It would make a great outfit for a fancy News Year's Eve party so it's totally worth spending some time to fix it if I can.

I plan to do the following to my reception dress:

- Detach the skirt and bodice
- Rework the bodice to remove the excess fabric/bulk from neck and bust area. I added way to much ease when I resized the pattern. This should help the neck lay a little smoother. It's also tight under the arms so I need to do something about that.
- Shorten the skirt 2 to 3 inches
- Replace the zipper with one that is less bulky.

And a few last shots of me with my creations. And a peak at how I look on a non vintage day, which I'll be honest is most days during the week. I'm really a jeans and t-shirt (or sweater if it's chilly!) kind of girl, but that's because my work day starts so early and I'm lazy in the mornings!

There, now you're totally sick of seeing wedding dress photos! :)


  1. These are still so pretty! And it takes a lot of guts to make your own wedding dress. Yours turned out beautifully!

    1. Thank you! I admit with the wedding stress and time crunch it was a pain but so glad I made my own dress in the end!

  2. Nope, not sick of seeing wedding dress photos yet! How lovely to see these side by side. I know I've said it before, but again I have to congratulate you on both the wedding, and the fabulous job you did on those dresses! Gorgeous lady. Good luck winning Miss Vintage Life December, I voted for you! xx

    1. Aww, thanks! And congratulations to you again for you recent wedding!

  3. Pft!! Sick of seeing wedding dress photos? Have you lost your mind? Ok, well yes, there are SOME wedding dress photos I would rather be burned from my mind, but not these beauties! What a fun way to see both of them together! You did such a beautiful job!! And your wedding flowers? Adorable!!! And ingenious! Sigh...I think I need to have another wedding. It will be 25 (!!!!!!!) years January 3rd, 2017, so I think I'm the same fabulous man of course!! Thank you for sharing these wonderful dresses!

    1. hahaha, thanks Gina! I know lots of people renew their wedding vows after a certain number of years. And (almost) 25 years! How wonderful!


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