Bernina December Wedding Dress

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo McCall's M6162 Link to website or photo mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6162-products-11277.php?page_id=522 What are you most proud of? Incorporating pieces from the sewing boxes of both my Great Grandmother & my husbands Grandmother. It made the dress extremely meaningful to me & felt like they were with me in spirit. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I tend to want to get everything done right now, but I took the time with this dress to make a toile or calico & get the adjustments perfect before cutting out the 'real' fabric. None of it was expensive, but as it was either vintage or purchased overseas there was no chance for mistakes to be rectified. If you can build your strapless bodice to have a bra cups incorporated it will save countless shopping trips & fittings & there won't be any hitching at the dress on the day. And if possible get someone to help you with fittings, I almost did myself several injuries trying to fit my own bodice.

What you will need

  • Silk organiza & satin
  • Cotton lace
  • Vintage lace & beads
  • Swarovski crystals & pearls
  • Sequins
  • Vintage glass buttons

Q&A with mizjayne

mym816070 asked:
Lovely dress..I know what you mean about fitting by yourself..I found I got cramp just about everywhere when I tried it! Fortunately I have 2 grown up daughters to help me now!
mizjayne answered:
I had work friends who had offered to help make my dress, but in the end circumstances prevented that & my future step daughter was only 13, with a pincushion, pencil case & boxers shorts as her sewing experience. .
Ipanema asked:
Beautiful dress and so romantic the way your fabric, ideas for the dress and the opportunity to include meaningful loved ones in your project all came together. The dress does look lovely on you.
mizjayne answered:
Thanks so much. Being my first marriage, in my 40's, I still wanted to observe some traditions, with being a traditional bride. Choosing to marry at a friends vineyard meant that a shorter dress was appropriate too.