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First granddaughter’s wedding dress

Jan 04, 2010
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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.

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  1. User avater lynlaing June 4th

    Stunning dress,beautifull work.

  2. tracytammaro February 10th

    This dress is absolutely beautiful. My oldest daughter is getting married next may in Ireland ( we live in Minnesota) and I only wish I had the talent to make her a wedding dress to fit a 12th century castle, like the one she is getting married in. I love to sew but have not done it a lot because of schedules and such. Now that the kids are grown and gone I want to do it some more. I only wish we had a class around where one could learn the art of sewing, but unfortunately, we don't. I learned in junior high school and actually that has helped me a lot. I am pretty good at reading patterns but not a very good fabric cutter....Thank God for seam allowances...lol. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous project.

  3. darcyrose February 5th

    truly inspiring!it is lovely to see your dress and read the story behind it.i have just finished two formal dresses one for my daughter and another for a friend and it is a wonderful gift to be able to create something so beautiful and looking at your pictures helps others to see how much they can accomplish.

  4. pavluks January 17th

    How lucky is your Granddaughter to have such a special dress? Simply beautiful. I think we would love to see the product on the real model!

  5. 6638 January 14th

    Verna says the wedding dress is beautiful, I do not know a lot about sewing but I know when I see something beautifully made.

  6. joyhughesl January 14th

    This is a work of love and talent.

  7. Tracylyn January 14th

    Absolutely love this. Would have loved to have a one of a kind dress for my daughter when she married. Your granddaughter is a very lucky young woman. Can't wait to see more of your work.

  8. Luv2Teach January 14th

    This dress is absolutely beautiful!!! And Brittany looked amazing in it!!! I know she will cherish it forever!!! The best wedding gift a grandmother could ever give!!

  9. pamelaphoto January 14th

    This dress is amazing!!! I want to have another wedding just so she can make my dress.

  10. Tammy18 January 14th

    This dress is absolutely gorgeous!!! You are truly an amazing woman!!!

  11. arb7681 January 14th

    What a remarkable dress...you are truly gifted. Your granddaughter is very lucky. We can't wait to see what you create next.

  12. annabholland January 14th

    What a beautiful dress!!! It's even better in person than it looks in the pictures.

  13. TinaCifreo January 14th

    This dress has such detail. I love the B on the train. It is uniquely beautiful, as is the designer.

  14. victorian1 January 12th

    This is a masterpiece! I know this grandaughter wore this with pride,as well as the pride the grandmother had when she saw her granddaughter wearing this masterpiece. I had the pleasure of seeing this dress and stood with awe, it's really hard to find the words to describe it, other than absoultely beautiful.What an heriloom! congratulations .

  15. Sewing2enjoying January 11th

    This is not only a lovely gown created and sewn by a very talented lady, but the story is also one that we all would love to have. Thanks so much for the entire presentation. I feel fortunate to have been able to share in this wonderful story.

  16. brittanychemin January 7th

    I am so honored to have this on here. My grandmother is the most talented and loving person I know. She did an AMAZING job with my dress, and I could not imagine getting a dress from anywhere else. Like ever other little girl, I dreamed of my perfect wedding, and it has always had my Maw Maw making my wedding dress, and that dream came true. It was so much fun to watch her create this dress! She put everything she had into the dress, and I felt like a princess on my wedding day!!! Now I will have something to show my children! But this dress is just one of the many amazing things she has made over the years.

  17. mtully January 5th

    Margie, you did an amazing job. You make me sew proud. I know the dress will be a cherished family heirloom for generations.

  18. Clarasita January 5th

    Beautiful in design, in execution, in embellishment and in personalization. An absolutely priceless wedding gift from an extremely talented and obviously loving grandmother.

  19. KarenDuBois January 5th

    Beautiful dress! I know Brittany was a beautiful bride! I can't believe you made it.

  20. ngp January 5th

    This is absolutely beautiful. I remember watching Margie labor over this gift of love for her granddaughter. And how special. Her granddaughter has a one of a kind wedding dress to cherish.

  21. NicoleGreen January 5th

    This dress is AMAZING!!!! You are so talented. I aspire to be as creative and skilled with my work.

  22. User avater dpog January 5th

    Just stunning, your work is beautiful. It truly looks like a labor of love. Thank you for sharing.

  23. mawmawjacky January 5th

    What a thing of beauty. I believe that such a creation can only be accomplished in two ways. Number one would be love of the craft and number two would be love for the receiver. This seems to exemplify both. Congratulations on a wonderful creation.

  24. livestosew January 5th

    BEAUTIFUL! What a loving grandmother.

  25. Nefertiri January 4th

    this is lovely, made more so becasue it was sewn with love. the embellishment is really fine work. You should be very proud - and your grand-daughter is a lucky girl!

  26. Catherinegreen January 4th

    Beautiful dress! I was very blessed to be one of few to recieve a Margie Holland original wedding dress, and her work is always stunning. She has such a passion for sewing and an eye for uniquie design. I wish I could be this talented for my future grandchildren!

  27. carolynfelder January 4th

    This is a beautiful gown!!!

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