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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!
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.”
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!