- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
Although the gowns you see in the stores are pretty, they just aren’t me. I am more of a historical/medieval gown fan so I decided to make my own wedding dress!
I used Butterick 4827 pattern as a base, but designed my own sleeves to hang down and have decorative button fasteners to elbow, so that a little skin peeked though the slits. I also gave it a longer train in the back, and a little bit of a lower neckline. The buttons are antique mother of pearl from my grandmother, and I also used them on my DIY shoes.
I used a cream silk for the underdress which was sleeveless and zipped in back. I used a cream colored burn out knit I found at Joann’s red tag clearance (and 50% off of that) for the overdress, which I had bought two months before he even proposed. I was a big fan of Gwen Steffani’s pink dip dyed wedding dress, so I wanted to dip dye mine as well, but with my favorite color, aqua blue. The edges on the bottom hem and sleeves are finished with ‘ruffled hem.’ The back of the overdress crisscross ties in back with an aqua ribbon through eyelets (like a corset).
The belt is also silk leftover from underdress. It is hand embroidered free-hand with trees which represnt my last name and heraldry, and a large red flower which represents his heraldry. I also put blue loverbirds on it and swirly ivy.
I love this dress, it came out just the way I wanted it to, and I felt like a medieval maiden. 🙂