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all about the gown: handmade in grey

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Wedding planning is a hectic, and even hellish time for all brides – but add to the pyre the stress of making your own wedding dress by hand? Plus five bridesmaid dresses? It’s a trial few brides could withstand. But sew-happy Portland bride Suzannah was determined to create her perfect dress piece-by-piece. The result: this gray tulle daydream!

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Suzannah blogged about this intensive labor of love on her blog Adventures in Dressmaking. You can read about her entire process and see the dress’ construction step by step here. Like most of us, Suzannah only started with an inspiration board’s worth of ideas.

“Basically I’d been collecting photos of fave dresses from the blogs and other places for a long time, never really sure exactly what I wanted.” says Suzannah. I knew I wanted to be different, though! I insisted on something other than a strapless dress, and I was pretty sure I wanted to wear something other than white or ivory if I could find or make something bridal-looking enough.”

retro tea length wedding gown

Before she undertook such a momentous project, Suzannah did flirt with the bright ligthts of bridal salons: “I tried on dresses with my friend who got married right before me, and I loved the way some of the multi-layered ones looked, with self-fabric flowers rather than tons of lace or beads or shiny things. But because I made it myself, I got to combine all my fave elements—sort of retro-looking, full skirt, tea-length skirt instead of the traditional full length, pale grey with ivory, shimmery peach, and pale pink tulle and silk trimming”.

The final product was, as you can see, truly sublime. A job well done, Suzannah!

Photography: Studio 623 via Ruffled

Psst. We rounded up of our favorite cool weather cardigans (just like Suzannah's bridesmaids are wearing!) Check out our colorful picks here.

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15 comments on all about the gown: handmade in grey

  1. Eden (Three Toad Circus)
    November 25, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    What a talented seamstress. She did a very nice job :)

  2. Katherine, Starlight Registry
    November 30, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Wow, I can’t believe that’s homemade. I wouldn’t have so many large flowers myself but the colour and shape of the dress is wonderful.

  3. Wedding Invitations
    December 1, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    What a gorgeous set of photographs!!!

  4. Christening Invitations
    December 2, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Love the brides dress!

  5. DIY Wedding Invitations
    December 2, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    A fabulous set of photographs.

  6. Elegant Wedding Invitations
    December 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Now that is a great locations for a wedding!

  7. Hens Night Invitations
    December 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Such a simple beautiful shoot. Lovely.

  8. Party Invitation Templates
    December 12, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Now that’s one adorable couple.

  9. Wedding Invitations Sydney Online
    December 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    A really wonderful post. Keep em coming!

  10. Unique Wedding Invitations
    December 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Terrific article and some amazing photographs. Waiting for more.

  11. What a great way to add an extra personal touch to the big day. Kudos to Suzannah!

  12. Ann
    December 30, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    I like these dresses, but it really by hand?

  13. Adventures in Dressmaking
    January 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Thanks so much ladies!! =)

    The dresses aren’t made by hand (no hand sewing on them AT ALL, actually! The silk flowers on my dress were handmade, though)–I hate hand sewing. They were all 100% homemade, though.


  14. Bridal Couture Fashion
    February 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    It was awesome photos, great. The couples are very energetic, the second photo was amazing.

  15. Tammy/FancieStrands
    December 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Suzannah you did an amazing job! The details and colors on your dress are perfect and I love the flowers.


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