First granddaughter's wedding dress
I recently had the honor of making a wedding dress for my first granddaughter, Brittany Blount Chemin. I used Duchess Satin and silk organdy to construct the main part of the dress. To embellish the gown, I used the Kanta Lace Collection embroidery designs by Sadia's Embroidery Designs. I stitched out the designs of FSL on WSS and used Madeira Rayon embroidery thread in a 60 weight to make the lace more delicate. I further embellished the lace using various sizes of crystals and pearls purchased from Designs by Dawn, which were heat applied. Although it involved many hours to create and embellish the gown, this was a very rewarding project, and hopefully I will be able to do the same for my other granddaughter's in the future. The entire project was a work in progress from beginning to end, and I would like to draw special attention to the closeup of the back trane. In this area I added her initial "B" and accented it with tiny crystals giving it a personal touch which can be a cherished heirloom to pass down to further generations. This center motif can easily be replaced in the future for another bride, changing the initial used in the embellishments. I have made several wedding gowns in the past, making each one unique, allowing each bride to have a special gown like no other. Today, I keep Brittany's gown displayed in my sewing room along with a french sewn heirloom christening dress I made for her when she was born 21 years before her wedding day. It was such a joy to have the experience and joy of sewing wedding gowns for my daughters many years ago and now to be able to share that same experience with my granddaughters. I feel very blessed to have maintained and increased my abilities and creativity through the years to be able to continue doing the hobby I enjoy so much. I love the inspiration, knowledge, and techniques I have learn from Thread Magazine, and I feel there is always more to learn and we are never too old to add more knowledge to help us become more creative in all that we do.
Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Margie Holland - a combination of ideas accumulated through years of experience and trial and error methods.
Fancy Fabric Contest
Upload a photo of a special occasion garment you’ve made from one
of the following fabrics by 11:59pm ET, January 4th, 2010.
Satin, Lace, Beaded fabrics, Sequined fabrics, Embroidered fabrics, Sparkled fabrics, Metallic fabrics, Brocade, Velvet, Shantung, Organza, Taffeta, Charmeuse and Lamé.
Be sure to include details about your garment including what fabric you used and the techniques you used in constructing your garment.
We’ll choose the top 5 finalists based on the mastery of construction techniques shown and the design that best accentuates the fabric being used.