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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vintage Bridal Gown Inspiration

Hi everyone! As you may know, I recently got engaged. In case you're curious (as it seems all of our friends and relatives are), at this point we still have no idea as to when we'll be actually having our wedding, and I have to say I'm content to put all of that heavy-duty planning off for another day. What I have been happy to ponder is what kind of vintage-style (as if I would have anything else!) bridal dress I would like to make!

Though I'm not really the type of girl who has all the details of her wedding planned out long before even getting engaged, (though I did just start some Pinterest boards, here, here, and here if you'd like to check them out) but I will admit to saving pictures of beautiful wedding dresses I've come across, all of which are from the incomparable Dear Golden Vintage.  Here are some of my favorites, spanning the decades from the 1920s to the 1960s:
 
1 / 2 / 3(sold)

 
1(sold) / 2(sold) / 3(sold)

1(sold) / 2 / 3(sold)

Now that you've seen all of those, I have to admit I have a couple of dresses that I've been crushing on since I saw them, and which instantly pop up in my head of when I think about wedding gown styles. Behold my two favorites:
(sold)

I love the ivory color, and the beading on this one! I think it would be pretty to change it just a bit and make the flowers into little starbursts. And then there's this beauty:

 (sold)

I can't see anything I don't like about this dress! The shape is lovely and the bodice is simple, yet just enough detail to make it it a little more interesting. I like the rosette, but something tells me a bow would be adorable there too. What's even better is seeing it with what were most likely the bridesmaid dresses:
(photo from Dear Golden Blog)
I have to admit I'm just a teensy bit partial to the second dress, especially when you see it paired with the bridesmaid's dresses, and I think the shape might be a bit more flattering for me. I also think that those wiser than me would probably warn me away from taking on elaborate hand-beading when I've never so much as tried it. I'm still thinking it over though, and might even combine features from both.

Even though I'll be making my dress, I may still pop into a bridal shop and try on some different styles, just to find out what looks good on me. This was advised by several blog posts and articles I read on the subject.

Now, I have a big favor to ask of my fellow sewists: does anyone know of a pattern (vintage or modern) that resembles the second dress (or at least just the bodice part)? It doesn't look terribly complex, but I've looked a bit online and haven't found anything quite like it. Any leads would be highly appreciated!

16 comments:

  1. Ooh there are several drool worthy dresses... I'll be keeping my eyes open for any pattern that resembles your fave dress.

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  2. I saw this post and thought of you! :)
    http://dixiediy.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-very-special-macaron-pt-3.html

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    1. Thanks Erin, I'll have to follow her blog. It's nice to see someone else who made their own dress and I liked reading her tips!

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  3. Lovely collection of dresses! Your chosen dress reminds me of 5813 and a little bit of 5603.
    GOOD LUCK with the pattern hunt, I hope someone else can find the exact one though, as pattern hacking might just add unnecessary stress! Such a fun time!!!!

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  4. That last one with the rosette is stunning and would look amazing on you! I really like that neck line and length.
    It's going to be so much fun to follow along all the wedding planning/dress making madness!

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  5. Any of those dresses would look wonderful on you!!! If I run across a similar pattern, I will share it with you.

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  6. Dat dress on the second row in the middle! If I were to get married, tha'd be the one I'd wear! :D All of the dresses are gorgeous. Good luck hunting down the right pattern and keep us posted on your progress. Congratulations on the engagement.

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  7. The second dress reminds me of view b on the by hand London AMS dress. Good luck! http://shop.byhandlondon.com/product/anna-dress

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    1. Yes, I thought the same thing! You'd sew the front in two pieces to get the slit, lengthen the sleeves like in their sew-along, and add a circle skirt or flare their six-piece skirt a little more. Pretty!

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  8. Look at these two patterns--they remind me very much of your favorite:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/175621947/vintage-butterick-8096-fitted-sheath?ref=shop_home_active_3

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/175610248/vintage-butterick-8420-evening-party?ref=shop_home_active_4

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    1. Thanks for the tip Josie! I've been scouring the Vintage Patterns Wiki for the exact pattern, but no luck so far! I came across the two you shared, which are close but not quite the same. I'm debating if I should try to draft my own or pick a similar pattern.

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  9. Oh WOW! I somehow totally missed this - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'll have a sort through my pattern stash to see if I have anything like the bodice of the dress you like. It looks gorgeous and will suit you perfectly :)

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    1. Thanks Jen, I'm glad I have your approval for the design, because you have great taste!

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  10. OOOO! I have just seen the new patterns released by Butterick and there is one that reminds me of your dress and it is GORGEOUS!!! Here's the link:
    Butterick 6018

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    1. Thanks! That one does have a lot of similarities. I'll have to pick up that pattern!

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