Thursday, March 17, 2011

1840s Theme Wedding - The Dress

Our wedding theme was the 1840s since Ian and I first met at a Gold Rush living history event, so we thought it would be a great idea.  The first dress I drew inspiration was from the Tasha Tudor collection.  I copied the pleated bertha with 9 pleats on the front and back, as well as the shaped piped lozenges to cover the seams.  The second dress I took inspiration from the long sleeves and the skirt pleating that meets in the front.  I loved the idea of a pelerine but it wasn't suitable for a summer garden wedding.
Tasha Tudor dress
1840s Satin Wedding Dress with Swans Down Pelerine



My 1840s Wedding Dress
Close up of pleated bertha
The material is a hard backed 100% silk duchess ivory satin that I bought from a shop in the LA Garment District.  The bodice pattern went through so many changes that I don't even remember what I used as a starting point! For the skirt support I wore my corded petticoat, a tucked petticoat, and a plain petticoat (all with yoked waistbands).  
Mr. Rochester and his Mustard Seed

Up next...accessories!

5 comments:

  1. Without a doubt I think you wedding gown is the most beautiful I have seen to date. Both the bride and groom are stunning. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.

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  2. What a fantastic wedding. So creative. Love the dress and groom's wear. I suppose this happened quite a while ago, but congratulations anyway. I was looking at your lovely shoes by Robert Land. I'm looking for some earlier Victorian slippers. Do you recommend them?

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment. Yes, I would recommend Robert Land. I sent him the silk satin and my foot measurements to make a custom pair of slippers and I think it took 6-8 weeks to have them made, but I had no complaints because it was a custom job. Good luck on finding the perfect slippers!

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  3. Well now! That is so delightful! Makes me want to have a wedding ceremony all over again!! You looked beautiful and your wedding dress, veil, ring, and slippers were fabulous!!

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  4. Un vestido de boda precisos. Están muy guapos los dos. Lástima no poder ver más fotografias con más detalles. Gracias por compartilas.

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