Wedding Veil and Flower Girl Dress

 

Judy Day continues to dazzle all who see her flawless, elegant sewing projects. Recently, she made a wedding veil for a bride for whom Judy’s granddaughter was the flower girl. Her creative approach to design and problem solving are inspiring.

 

 

 

In Judy’s words:

Last January I was honored to be asked to make the veil and flower girl dress for an early September wedding. The bridal gown was pale champagne chiffon and the flower girl dress was to be the same color, accented with candy apple red, the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

But I needed samples. Amanda, the bride, did not have any and the bridal store did not have a matching sample of the wedding dress. Never underestimate a bride!

About a week later, I received a letter with tiny little samples. She had been back to the bridal store to try on her wedding gown and while there, cut a piece of the lace from an inside seam so I could have a sample for color!

All of the scalloped and beaded lace I found for the veil was priced beyond the budget. In February, I was to accompany my husband on a business trip to Florida. What an opportunity! Janice’s sewing room and “stash” was only about an hour away. We spent a couple of days looking through boxes and boxes of lace.

There, I found a “diamond in the rough,” an inexpensive domestic lace attached to ribbon.

 

 

At the top is the original trim. At the bottom is the trimmed, new scalloped lace.

 

 

In March, I met Amanda at a fabric store in Nashville to purchase tulle for the veil and fabric for the flower girl dress. Using the tiny piece of lace, we found the exact match for the tulle, as well as silk dupioni for the flower girl dress. We even found small candy apple red flowers to accent the flower girl’s dress and hair.

The veil was a modified version of Vogue pattern #8569. With the excess lace and ribbon trimmed away, the remaining scalloped lace was dyed in a weak solution of tea. After sewing on beads to match the beading on the dress, the lace was stitched to the veil.

 

 

Notice the beads at the point of each scallop.

 

 

The bride was thrilled with the small scallop on the lace mirroring the slight scallop on the hem of her bridal gown.

 

 

 

 

Courtney’s dress was made using Children’s Corner pattern Louise.  The bodice was textured with a “window pane” pattern, using a twin needle.  The needle tension was tightened just enough to give a slight rise to the fabric.

The bodice was then cut on the bias so the “window panes” were on point.  Tiny piping was used around the neck and armholes to give a more finished look.

So I was almost finished…or so I thought.

The skirt had a fold (from being on the bolt) that I could not remove, even after washing.  My daughter-in-law, Courtney’s mother, who does not sew, came up with a solution to put a layer of chiffon over the skirt.

It worked great, covering the crease and matching the bride’s chiffon covered dress!   I put a hidden zipper in the back of the dress.  The red flowers were stitched around the waistline and fashioned in a circle for Courtney’s hair.

 

 

 

Two valuable lessons were learned in making Courtney’s dress:

  • 1.  If making something special, NEVER purchase silk supioni that has been folded and rolled on a bolt.  It will either be dirty on the fold or faded from the flourescent lighting, neither of which can be “fixed.”  Only purchase dupioni that is rolled on a tube with no crease.
  • 2.  If you are using chiffon, cut it at least an inch longer than needed.  Chiffon tends to “bounce back” after it is cut.  I don’t know why, but I found a web site that talked about it……after I cut it.

It was a beautiful wedding and the bride was glowing.  Courtney was the sweetest little flower girl.  But, of course, I may be a little biased!

7 responses to “Wedding Veil and Flower Girl Dress

  1. Absolutely stunning! You are so inventive with your projects. I love that scalloped lace and how you trimmed the ribbon. It really looks so much lovelier without it.

  2. Wonderful project, wonderfully executed. I can just hear the sighs of relief when it was over! Especially when you encountered some unexpected challenges but isn’t that what sewing is all about??? the challenges?? Thanks for letting us in on how you met yours.

  3. There was a lovely comment by Connie that I accidentally deleted! Connie, would you please repost?

  4. Wow! It’s stunningly beautiful! I love the bold, red flower trim! I love the chiffon overlay! I love the twin needle diamonds! I love the scalloped lace on the veil! It’s lovely work, Judy!!

  5. Just Beautiful! I really like the way the bodice turned out. Cutting it out on bias makes it stunning. When I have to match a color and there is not a fabric sample (I will be making niece’s ringbearer pillow), I ask the client or SIL in this case, to find the DMC thread color that matches the fabric. I have done this over the past 20 yrs. Even if someone can’t sew and doesn’t know beans about color, they can usually find DMC floss at their local craft store or one of the chain stores. I have a DMC thread chart (one with actual thread samples) in my sewing room, that I can match to any brand of machine embroidery thread, etc.

  6. That’s a great tip, Beckie. It reminds me of the story about a woman whose bathroom tile was a very unusual color of green. As luck would have it, her toothbrush was that exact color. So when seeking a replacement for a cracked tile, she took the toothbrush with her to Home Depot. The clerk was simply told that she needed tile in that color. After spending considerable time trying unsuccessfully to find a match, the exasperated clerk finally asked, “Couldn’t you just get a new toothbrush?” She should have used DMC floss.

  7. Another winner from Judy Day. That girl can sew! It is just beautiful Judy. I really like the scallop on the wedding veil and how you cut it off the original. Courtneys dress is beautiful. I love the pintucking diamonds.
    Linda

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