Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wedding Dress Bling

I mentioned before that I am currently working on a wedding gown for a client. It's an amazing dress and I'm glad I get the pleasure of creating the gown of her dreams.  I can't reveal much about the dress until after the Oct 25th wedding. I will say 3 things however, it's a bit non-traditional in color, it has 30 yards of fabric in the skirt alone (if you didn't know-----THAT'S ALOT OF FABRIC!!!!) and the bodice is embellished with  Swarovski crystals.  I've use Swarovski crystals and applied them using glue to embellish dance costumes a year ago. This was my first time working with the sew on's and much larger sized rhinestones with various shapes. I used 3 shapes---the circle, marquis and oval cuts. The fun part was deciding on the perfect rhinestone pattern that would suit the sweetheart neckline. Here's the design I came up with. We didn't want to go overboard and only wanted enough to cover about 1.5" within the bodice edge. I played with several designs----laying them out on a sample piece of fabric with the shape traced on to it. I came up with one that worked great and created a pattern of sorts. I plan to do a video tutorial on how I actually mounted the design. All I can say is it was super easy and I LOVED hand sewing each one on. It's so RELAXING!!!!

(Zoomed in. I traced the shape of bodice on sheet fabric. I marked the edge of the fabric and where the seamline was to be. Then I began laying stones. I came up with this design mixing all of the shapes. I intentionally picked these shapes since I knew they would fit in between each other well and maximize the space.)

 (Zooming out you get a better sense of the overall pattern. It extends from the middle of the bustline to the side seams/underarms. The final product looks WAYYYYYY more lovelier on the fashion fabric!!! I just love how these things sparkle.)

 (Nothing better then getting a load of swarovski crystals in the mail!!!! Love all that shine!!!)

Ok, I'll be wrapping up that dress in the next 7-10 days. Again the wedding is at the end of this month and I'll be showing pics the.  In the meantime I've got my hands full with some other projects---some really fun one's I'll be sharing fairly soon.


  1. Can't wait to see the finished product. I love doing dresses with beads, but I don't get many opportunities!

  2. This sounds like one spectacular dress in the making!

  3. Wow, that's a lot of fabric! Sounds like a fun project and I can't wait to see the photos.

  4. Looking forward to seeing the completed project.

  5. Sounds like one beautiful wedding dress! I look forward to seeing it.

  6. Oh Victoria I can't wait to see the final dress! 30 yards of fabric in the skirt alone??? Wow, this is deinfintely something to see. Good Luck!

  7. Oooohhhhh! This is going to be so amazing!

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