Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dress Inspiration

[jcrew image in the middle]
Ding, ding, ding! Some of you guessed it, I fell in the love with the Jcrew Daphne wedding gown. But of course, it was discontinued by the time I was ready to buy. Thank goodness though, we ended up creating a significantly less expensive version.
Using the Daphne gown as inspiration, my mom pieced together patterns to create a dress that perfectly fit my body. I opted to use a sheer overlay as the top layer of the dress with a large floral print ... followed by a layer of taffeta for body, and then an attached slip with a cute netted edging. My mom doubled up the patterned fabric on the neck and puffy-sleeves so they were completely sheer yet sturdy. We attached a satin belt to break up the dress ... that snapped in the back with pearl buttons.

I am very happy that we could not get our hands on the Jcrew dress, the process of actually making the dress from scratch allowed me the opportunity to decide on every detail from the buttons to the lining. I highly recommend creating your own dress if you have the resources. For me it was very cost effective and became one of the most special wedding projects that I will never forget.

8 comments:

Kate said...

Your dress is beautiful. I love the original, but I agree that making your own is so much better!

LA said...

Your dress is amazing! It is so neat that you and your mom made it! I love it and it's so much more special than the J.Crew one.

ERiCA said...

WOW~

I hadn't seen the j crew dress before... your mom and you nailed it... but even better! Whitney, I am soooo happy for you and thank you for letting me share in your special day... it was BEAUTIFUL!

lovelymorning said...

that is totally and completely amazing. your dress is perfect and beautiful and not ill-fitting as jcrew can sometimes be! your entire wedding is just, wow. have an awesome honeymoon.

(and thanks for the tip about the UO placemats. maybe i will be as lucky when i pop in to mine).

cindy : quaint said...

it is a really beautiful dress and so special. congratulations on your marriage!

Lisa said...

SO impressive!

Katja said...

Your dress is stunning, and it must have felt extra special because you and your mom made it. Congrats on your beautiful wedding and your marriage! :)

Tara said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! You look completely stunning and the dress is so incredibly lovely!