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26 October 2009 @ 09:12 pm
Eyecandy - wedding corset outfit  
Photo by www.capturingessence.com.au

Months ago I posted some WIP pics of my commitment ceremony dress. Here are the pics of the finished thing!

Photo by www.capturingessence.com.au

Photo by www.capturingessence.com.au

Photo by www.capturingessence.com.au

Photo by www.capturingessence.com.au

Photo by www.capturingessence.com.au

Thank you for all the help I received here and here. It was very nice to hear all your thoughtful comments. In the end I wasn't able to get all the wrinkles out of my corset unfortunately but I didn't worry too much about it as I haven't had much experience making overbusts and didn't have the time to change the pattern/construction.

The cream fabric is a very slubby silk (shade 'cream' from http://www.silkbaron.com), the ivory underskirt is a slubless silk from Exclusive Silks. I remade the underskirt three times because I wasn't happy with the colour but the ivory seemed to work best with my partner's dress.

The train is detachable and I got rid of it shortly after the ceremony but the back of the skirt underneath the train had as much beading as the front. I had problems with the train due to the heavily beaded silk stretching away from the lining and made an extra tuck at the centre top to compensate. I wasn't really happy with the result but it was better than the weird floppy effect I had otherwise. (I'm still sad at myself for hanging up the train after it was lined - silly me thought it had stopped stretching since I had been hanging it up for months before lining it).

The pre-beaded alencon cream lace was from http://www.housefabric.com. I hand-cut and -stitched the lace to the corset, skirt and train.

The corset was boned in spiral steels except centre front and back. My new bolt cutters couldn't cut my spring steel so I had to use the tops of file folders for the centre front and back. It was horrible not having a busk in terms of wearability but I think it was worth it for the look. I hand-stitched over the silver metal eyelets with silk thread.

The top skirt was draped randomly on a model and stitched underneath in place. It was based on a Truly Victorian pattern but I modified it a lot. The TV pattern was easy to follow but didn't give the shape I wanted, so I altered the pleating and also widened the skirt.

I was tossing up whether to have a bottom petticoat hoop as well as a knee-height one - I ended up wearing both hoops but I'm not entirely sure it was the right choice as my petticoat was a bit short and the hoop is pretty visible. I probably should have bought a new petticoat.

My bolero was hand-knitted by TrendyKnitting on etsy whose work I highly recommend. I beaded clear silver-lined seed beads along the cuffs and collar.

I altered my partner's dress and added off-the-shoulder sleeves; her dress is by http://www.rayliadesigns.com.

I also made all our bouquets and other stuff from the ceremony.

Other photos from the day:

Top 50 photos:

The rest of the sets (approx 150 photos in total):

Edit: Thank you all so much for your kind comments! I loved reading every one of them and I'm sorry I can't reply to you all (although I will try to answer any questions). Laura and I really appreciate your kind thoughts.
Luthien "Nekrotica" Fireflynecra_kitty on October 26th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
This is spectacular, you look amazing!
lapis_lazuli615: whee! elephantlapis_lazuli615 on October 26th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
Oh wow. Thank you for sharing!!

Your corset and dress are just gorgeous and you both look so amazing and happy in love! Congratulations!!!
JY: The girls!psyc2321 on October 26th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Your outfits are beautiful, and so are the two of you :) Also, geek love for the pink companion cube cake!! Congratulations, and all the best to the two of you!
Reynardo the Redreynardo on October 26th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)

Nicely done.
Bright Shiny Object!serista on October 26th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous!
sidhe_etainsidhe_etain on October 26th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous gown and day.
sidhe_etainsidhe_etain on October 26th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
PS: You should soooo submit this to Offbeat Bride if you haven't already. It's amazing.
Karen: Jedi Mind Tricktyches_echo on October 26th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
LOL I was doing my daily reading of OBB and it just got posted on there a few minutes ago!
(no subject) - sidhe_etain on October 27th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
Dori: Robin Hood - Marian smilingcleo_eurydike on October 26th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
You look stunning, both of you. Fantastic work on the dress, and congratulations!
peau_de_soiepeau_de_soie on October 26th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Vampgirlvampgirl101 on October 26th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, loved looking through the photos...You both look lovely and your work is amazing!
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Lehni: blue lolilehni on October 27th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!

The roses were bought from http://www.ribtex.com.au so I didn't make them from scratch, but I did notice that foam roses are also available on ebay when I was searching for them. The bouquets were assembled using standard bead/rose bouquet techniques.
Alice: Impressiveabitofhappiness on October 26th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely amazing. I love how you combined things all together (including the DS's) to make it look so lovely. I am jealous because it's so beautiful and you both look gorgeous.
Orlaith Carey: weddingorlacarey on October 26th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the bolero!
tiff_basketcasetiff_basketcase on October 26th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
your gown looked spectacular. congrats ;]
Maggieguen_the_cat on October 26th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing the album for your special day with us. You two look so beautiful and happy. You've brought some sunshine to the non-stop soggy rain in my neck of the woods.

First, your work is fabulous! You got an amazing fit.

Second, OMG, the girl with the auburn bob looks Just Like Felicia Day!