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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.
lavender_rayne on October 26th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh I just saw your ceremony featured on Offbeat Bride! You both look stunning and the ceremony looked amazing.
Lillianlillielil on October 26th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
So pretty!

Also, yay for two dresses :)
Jamieuniformgrey on October 26th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Fantastic look and styling for both of you!

Congratulations on your ceremony!
Cheri Chan!cherichan on October 26th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Your post made me hapeeeeeee! My boyfriend wants to know if there is any significance to the Nintedo DS. He's a huge gamer.
Lehni: blue lolilehni on October 27th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
Hi, we're both gamers but Laura's favourite hand-held console is the DS Lite, and she spent ages decorating her latest one (plus it fit the colour scheme) so we had to take pics with it! Both our maids of honor own DS Lites too so we made it a bridal party thing.
corsetrasewingcorsetrasewing on October 26th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Absolutely lovely!
You look so happy and I love the cake!
kittenmintkittenmint on October 26th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Stunning!! You look amazing!
kittenmintkittenmint on October 26th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Let me amend: you both look stunning, and that is the coolest wedding ever. I love how you played with the bouqets for the 'maids (half pink and half white, half and half from your lovely partner's hand and yours).

LOVE. That. Cake!

sparklewren: Bronze Overbustsparklewren on October 26th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Beautiful beautiful dress and congratulations :-)
athenaprimeathenaprime on October 26th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
You ladies look absolutely radiant! Congratulations on the happy day (may it be the first of many happy days ahead). I think your fit is beautiful and I love the bolero. You did an awesome job on the whole ensemble, and I love the colors and all the roses in your wedding.
ultharkitty: Art Memling cloth of goldultharkitty on October 26th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Firstly, congratulations! :D

Secondly, your outfit is stunning. As is your partner's, and you both look so gorgeous and happy. Those are wonderful photos, thankyou for sharing :D
lillithnight781 on October 26th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
You guys look so awesome! I hope to have cerimony so awesome and look that divine then. :)
Kurisutania: Reading in the Twilightsolaria1022 on October 26th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures and wedding! I love the cake!
sparklesparkle_sparkle on October 26th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
You both look stunning. I love the colour scheme :)
the most saint-obsessed Jew you'll ever meet: the world is quiet hererymenhild on October 26th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
As I said on the post of a friend who linked these pictures: Elaborate wedding photographs I can completely approve of are very few and very far between... but you guys managed it. You look spectacular. Mazel tov to you both, and may you have many happy years together.
ardent_firesongardent_firesong on October 27th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
That dress is gorgeous! Thank you very much for sharing ^_^ I can't help but smile when looking at your wedding photos :D

May I ask about the corset? Did you draft the pattern entirely from scratch, or did you adapt a pre-existing pattern? I'm getting married myself next summer, and would love to incorporate a corset into my dress. I love how the wide front panel on the one you made allows for plenty of beading ^_^

Also, that dress is so stunning it's hard to notice the faults ^_^ Very well done!
Lehni: blue lolilehni on October 27th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
I drafted it from scratch but I don't think I did a very good job with it - I changed the pattern a lot but the V shape I was going for turned out nice (not sure it was structurally sound though). The point in centre front wasn't a nice neat one but since it's covered in lace you don't really notice. Thanks very much for your comments!
(no subject) - ardent_firesong on October 27th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
authenticcorsetauthenticcorset on October 27th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
A princess
(with such a wonderful small waist!)