Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wedding Party #2: Amber and Paul

This June, just a few weeks after sewing my own wedding, my mom asked me if I would sew another wedding dress for Amber, a young mother she mentors. Amber is the sweetest thing, with two small boys (3 years and 18 months) and not a lot of money. After her husband left her, Amber re-met her former neighbor Paul and fell in love (it's a really sweet story!). My mom wanted to pay me to make Amber's wedding dress as her present to Amber.
Of course I said I'd do it :)

First, my mom took Amber to David's Bridal to try on dresses and figure out what she wanted. Amber loved this dress, with a halter top, lace insert in a split skirt, and colored sash. As you can see, it's over $500--we made it for about $200 (including labor). Awesome!

Mid-July, I visited Amber with my mom, brought patterns to look at (we combined two), and took measurements. Then I made the dress out of muslin as a test dress. We fitted that late July, also taking measurements for the bridesmaid, flower girl, and her two little boys. Then I went on my honeymoon for a week. Then I got busy!

Basically, I sewed everything (1 man's shirt [best man, Paul's teenage son], 2 boys' shirts, two ties for the men, two bow ties for the boys, 1 bridesmaid dress [also combining two patterns], 1 flower girl dress, and 1 elaborate wedding gown) in about 3 weeks. Good thing I had experience sewing my own wedding a few months before!

We purchased the sash from DB to make sure it was the right color. It came with a gathered waistband and embroidery on the ends, and it was probably cheaper (and easier) than making one. I sewed a modesty panel and snapped it in, then appliqued pieces of lace on the bodice and sash. And I did the hem completely by hand. LOTS of hand sewing!
Aren't they adorable?

I worked like crazy! But I loved it :) I loved replicating Amber's perfect DB dress and making something she loved! I enjoyed making matching dresses and shirts and learning how to sew shirts and ties! The wedding was quaint and beautiful :) I'm so glad I could be apart of it!

Mother and daughter. Precious!
P.S. If you know of anyone who wants homemade wedding attire, send them to me! I love it!


  1. Heh heh. Thanks :) Dresses are my specialty, and I work well under pressure.

  2. Wow! I'm speechless! You do beautiful work. I know if I were getting married I'd call you.

  3. That is so nice! I love that you managed to save money and do some REALLY good work too :-) I'll bet the bride was super happy.

  4. What a beautiful bridal party, and your mum is so sweet to give a dress! Great work.

  5. Wow that is amazing, you did a great job Faith. x

  6. Faith...that is adorable and I for one am so glad you could help Amber out. I used to sew for weddings....way muhc fun.

  7. How lovely!!! A beautiful wedding does not have to cost the moon. Well done!!!

  8. Faith, you are not the STITCH PRINCESS you are the STITCH QUEEN.I'm awed by your talent !!!!!!!!!

  9. Beautiful! I made my daughter's wedding dress and it was really fun!


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