Emily’s Ethereal Wedding Gown

By Jennie Chancey

Dear Mrs Chancey,

Thank you so much for your wonderful patterns! Enclosed are photographs of my wedding gown, made with the Titanic Tea Gown pattern, and my sister’s Maid of Honour dress, made with the Elegant Lady’s Closet Wrap Dress.

I have always loved Regency fashions as well as those of the early 1900’s. When wedding gown time came around my mother designed a beautiful dress that combined the ‘look’ of both eras (not shooting for historical accuracy, just the general look/feel!). She used your pattern as a base and used design elements from a cotillion dress that appeared in the July/August 2008 issue of Sew Beautiful magazine. The dress is made of silk dupioni; the bodice is trimmed in English netting lace (that we found in ONE heirloom sewing shop in the tri-state area!) with vintage tatting at the seams; Mama added scattered silk ribbon flowers and pearls to dress it up a little more. We made some alterations to the pattern: we omitted the layers and added a fuller skirt; and we shortened the sleeves to allow for the lace edging. The result was the wedding dress of my dreams; I love everything about it.

My sister is a very simple girl; she prefers a more tailored look and requested that her bridesmaid dress be ‘NOT fancy!’ So we used the wrap dress pattern in plain pale green silk dupioni with no extra trimmings. The dress is very ‘simple elegant’ and looked beautiful on her (one lady said ‘She looks like a Rembrandt painting!).
The patterns were a dream to work with; and I might add, my dress was very comfortable throughout the wedding and reception.

Thanks so much for providing patterns that are beautiful, old-fashioned and modest!

The last two photos are detail shots of the wedding gown bodice (front and back).

~Emily U.

P.S. All pictures were by Priceless Photography. Thank you again!

Emily, this has to be my favorite wedding gown from one of my patterns–ever! It is absolutely stunning. I love how your mother used all the heirloom touches to make this such a vintage knockout. And your sister looks utterly wonderful in her silk crossover gown! Simply amazing work all ’round. Thank you for sharing!

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16 Comments on Emily’s Ethereal Wedding Gown

  1. Gillian
    August 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

    My gosh. This is stunning! I am drooling… my keyboard will never be the same! What a fabulous wedding gown :D

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  2. Tiffany Keller
    August 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm (4 years ago)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress Emily! It’s gorgeous! This will be a dress to hand down to any daughters you might have in the future! It’s stunning!

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  3. Melissa M.
    August 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, those are beautiful! I love the old lace!

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  4. Erin
    August 12, 2010 at 7:33 am (4 years ago)

    Absolutely beautiful dress! You and your sister look lovely.

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  5. Elizabethbennet (Millie Carpenter)
    August 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh , it is GORGEOUS!! The lace and fabrics are beautiful . I love your hair!

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  6. Misha
    August 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

    if i ever get married i want a dress like that. so beautiful.

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  7. Nancy Hootman
    August 19, 2010 at 10:06 am (4 years ago)

    This is truly beautiful. Wow. Your mother did an amazing job, and you and your sister look as if you stepped out of a period painting.

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  8. Miss Shirley (Marlene E. Schuler)
    August 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm (4 years ago)

    That’s such a beautiful dress! Edwardian is elegant, no?

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  9. Brielle
    August 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm (4 years ago)

    This is one of the most beautiful hand made wedding dresses I have seen. Lovely, lovely work…and the bridesmaid dress is just as pretty.
    The ladies look so beautiful, true natural beauty.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  10. JEss
    August 20, 2010 at 1:31 am (4 years ago)

    So beautiful! Now I want to go back and get married all over, so I can do something like this.
    What a lovely dress!

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  11. Sara Gonzalez
    September 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm (4 years ago)

    This is absolutely beautiful!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous job, Emily! The black & White photos are my favorite. You did a wonderful job of selecting the trims and material ~The duipioni silk is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. Elizabeth
    May 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

    This dress is so gorgeous. You did such a wonderful job. It is such an inspiration for my own wedding gown soon!

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  13. Colleen
    June 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful wedding dress, but a more beautiful bride!

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  14. Valerie
    February 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm (3 years ago)

    This is my favorite dress. This wedding dress on you brought tears to my eyes. I love the picture of you looking up at the camera. Absolute beauty.

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  15. May flower
    September 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

    wonderfully beautiful.Ilove it!

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