Copy a Royal Wedding Dress
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A Dress Like Kate's: Sewing it Yourself
The wedding dress worn by Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, was certainly stunning. If you are a skilled dressmaker, you might want to make a copy of this dress for yourself. If you are deciding whether this is a project you should undertake, I have tried to do some of the homework for you. The list of materials needed for a dress like this are considerable!
Based on Butterick pattern 5731 I have calculated the costs of a facsimile gown made in affordable bridal fabrics from a source such as Fabric.com. The fabric costs alone will be close to $90 for a size 10 gown, as shown on the table below.
Size 10 Fabric Requirements
Price per Yard
Cost of Fabric
lace (45" or 60")
1 7/8 yds.
9 5/8 yds.
netting (72" or 108")
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Count the Total Cost of the Gown
In making a decision about whether to tackle this advanced sewing project, consider more than simply the cost of fabric. The list of required notions is long and includes two zippers, seventy covered buttons, over six yards of horsehair braid, and much more.
This gown requires much fitting, since the bodice and sleeves are designed to fit close to the body. Sewing techniques include lining, underlining, boning and sewing lace seams. The construction of the gown requires enough space as well, including a table beside the sewing table to support the heavy skirt. You will also need a safe, lint-free place to store the gown between work sessions. A steamer is also a valuable tool in handling the layers of tulle and netting.
If you have the dressmaking skills, the time, the tools and the space, this gown is a worthy project. The resulting gown will be a masterpiece with your own individual touch as you select the fabrics you want and fit it to your own figure.
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Helpful Links for Wedding Sewing
- A Professional's Guide to Bridal Sewing
Sewing a wedding dress is a big project, but it can be made easier with careful choices of pattern, fabrics and tools. Take the project one step at a time, carefully follow directions, and allow sufficient time to complete the dress.
- Wedding Gowns with Sleeves--Hooray!
Brides can choose wedding gowns with sleeves again. The royal wedding and the Twilight wedding have inspired more modest styles in wedding dresses.
- 10 Tips for Better and Faster Sewing
Is sewing a slow, laborious process for you? How about ten tips to help you produce at high speed without sacrificing quality? In fact, these tips may improve the quality of your sewing.
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