The Dress!

By Coralie, in Sewing Wedding gown โ€“ 5 Comments

Today is a special day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Iโ€™m very proud to say that today we celebrate our 10 years together with my Honey!

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I feel like the luckiest girl on earth to have found my amazing husband, my soulmate. To be able to share each day with him is a blessing, I love him very much.

Now, let’s celebrate! ๐Ÿ™‚

And what would be better than finally posting the pictures of the wedding dress, THE Dress, to make this day even more special?
Prepare yourself, this is a picture heavy post. You have been warn! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This adventure started shortly after the engagement. You see, I couldn’t get out of my head the idea of sewing my wedding dress myself… A normal and totally sane thought for a bride.

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Well after nearly giving a heart attack to my family and friends, I decided to at least give the bridal stores a chance and did some dress shopping. But still, this very clear idea of wearing my dream gown kept nagging me.

After a few weeks of obsessively reading every book, blog and article there was on evening wear, I convinced myself (rather easily) that doing a muslin and making a few test wasn’t going to kill me. So I gave it a shot, all the while thinking that if it didn’t go well, there was still time to buy a dress.

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

However time passed and soon the dreaded decision day was here. Having done quite a few mockups with cheap fabric and boning I knew it could be done, but the idea of making a huge mess was really scary.

In the end, it was my sweet husband-to-be who won the argument, saying that in the worst case scenario we could find a professional seamstress and let her finish the job. I had just found myself a safety net! ๐Ÿ™‚

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

The whole process wasn’t an easy one. There was lots of trial and errors, late nights spent browsing the internet in search of answers, total understatement of the weight and strength needed to try it on and the quantity of hand sewing.
If it’s some of the things you’re interested in, you can follow these links to posts I wrote during the making of the dress and read about the work in progress.

Wait, you’re not buying your wedding dress?!?
Dress in progress
Work in progress: the wedding dress
Wedding shawl: Check!
Hidden secrets of the dress

Finally, three days before the big day, after 10 hours straight of hand sewing the lace border, it was finally done! What a relief! After being done with that (and doing at least 10 minutes of happy dance), everything went smoothly.

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

We truly enjoyed our day and felt very blessed to share it with all our friends and family.

Handsewn Wedding Dress - STITCH-N-SMILE.COM

All these fabulous pictures have been taken by the most fantastic and sweet photographer there is, Sophie of Sophie Photography.
If you live in Switzerland (Romandie) and are in need of photos, I very highly recommend her work.

 

  • Wow, it’s beautiful!! Well done and congratulations!

    • Coralie

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚
      And a HUGE thank YOU for your help!

  • Emmasher

    Coralie!!!
    Your sewing is just a work of art, such a beautiful labour of LOVE!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this great experience.. I believe you will NEVER forget this project!!!

  • Wonderful! My mum made my wedding dress. I got married 3 months after giving birth to our first child, so I couldn’t buy a dress (not that I wanted to). I kept losing weight in the week leading up to the wedding, so my mum kept taking in the dress, but it fit perfectly on the day of the wedding!

    • Coralie

      Such a nice story! I bet you looked and felt wonderful in your mother’s handmade dress! ๐Ÿ™‚