Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Handmade Wedding:Repost from my other blog (www.acrylicandsteel.blogspot.com)

This was originally posted on my other blog: www.acrylicandsteel.blogspot.com

Handmade Wedding: Custom Wedding Dress FINAL PICTURES.
So, For those who have been watching the progression of this custom wedding dress, here are the Final pictures (which also means that if you are tired of looking at it you will be glad to know that it is finished! ) You can see the original sketch for this dress here:http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MbslqFmDhaI/SzBTt6KYdOI/AAAAAAAAAvk/Sy5CXewNwLg/s1600-h/TarasDress1.jpgbslqFmDhaI/SzBTt6KYdOI/AAAAAAAAAvk/Sy5CXewNwLg/s1600-h/TarasDress1.jpgThis project ran so smoothly I can hardly believe it is over... I keep thinking I MUST HAVE MISSED SOMETHING- but at this point it really just needs to fit, and most minor changes I would expect the customer to have done locally by a tailor, and we used a muslin fitting garment so I expect the fit to be pretty good.This dress is Designed By me, the patterns are made by me and it is entirely sewn by me as well, including some beautiful hand sewn details. This is a finished project that I am very proud of. I knew I could do it of course, but sometimes you have to DO something to convince your knowledge of your capabilities to overcome your insecurities.I was also commissioned by the same person to make this birdcage veil and facinator:

The facinator which can be worn without the veil

The veil, which can be worn without the facinator too, of course.
The dress is very versatile and has four pieces, a bolero, a top which is fully boned, an underskirt with alencon lace details, and an over skirt with an inner tie up system that adjusts the length of the skirt (and then several pin on flowers)
That means it can be worn like this:

(this is the alencon lace underskirt)
Or like this:

(this is the over skirt when it is all the way down)

(This is the back, it has a very small train)
A few detail shots:

(The bottom of the dress worn as it is intended)

(this is to show the detail of the pleating on the bolero)
And this is how it is meant to be worn:

I took these pictures in old town in Albuquerque, New Mexico

We got a lot of comments about how beautiful the dress is, which means a lot to me, because they see a LOT of dresses as it is a very popular place to get married and get wedding pictures taken, so the shop owners there see a LOT of dresses.

I should have taken some business cards :)

For future reference... (you know, like market research...but less organized and targeted)
I have a question for YOU...
How much would you pay for this handmade custom designed wedding dress?
What about the veil and Facinator?

Consider it a guessing game. I will tell you in a few days how much I charged for this dress, as long as it is known that I will never ever make a dress like this for that price again ;)
that is...unless, I just feel like designing, or you are my good friend, or....
I really loved making this dress because the customer had some ideas but she really let me design it myself, and that is important to me, but I know I underpaid myself by a pretty long shot.


PS- if anyone is interested in a custom wedding dress, veil or facinator, feel free to contact me either by email: ericahvoges@yahoo.com or by convo in etsy http://acrylicandsteel.etsy.com/


cabin + cub said...

Wow! great work!... i can't sew a pattern at all!
I love the veil too! ;)

Erica said...
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Erica said...

Thank you, I actually don't know how to use the patterns they sell in the store, or I have not tried to use one in a long time, I make my own patterns also :)

Btw... congrats on your baby!


Absolutely gorgeous!!
You are very talented, I just love the skirt detail:)

Chelsea Rose said...

wow...wonderful work! im usually not mucha fan of wedding dresses but i think you changed my mind on that note!
...i have no idea how the dress should sell for...but seeing that its an original one of a kind, hand made at least $3000!
i dont know man...but i am pretty sure i have seen more expensive wedding dresses then $3000 that looked like cat barf compared to your creation!
amazing job.

La Femme Jewlery said...

What a beautiful dress! How creative that you can imagine what you want, make a pattern and produce a beautiful dress. I love the bottom of the dress with the lace detail and the pin on flowers. A job well done!

Artsnark said...

Simply gorgeous! I am in awe.

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Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
And according to this article, I totally agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)

Additionsstyle said...

The dress is amazing! It is so creative, beautiful, and well crafted. You have wonderful style.

Jacaranda Designs Jewelry said...

Gosh, it just stunning. A work of art. I couldn't begin to guess the cost. I never had to buy a dress as my mom is a dressmaker and made mine. I love the little pleats at the bottom of the skirt.

Unknown said...

So lovely! I love the little pleats too! And the veil!

knittingdragonflies said...

This is so lovely! I sew, but just basic. I can't imagine how much this is worth! I haven't shopped for wedding dresses in so long.
I love the details!

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Pink Dandy Chatter said...

Wow, what an amazing wedding dress! It is so intricate and beautiful! Very talented =)