This is the first wedding dress that Sharon has ever made and she certainly made it a dress to remember. Sharon used my 18 inch and American Girl Wedding Dress pattern with lace sleeves and lace overlay on the bodice. She then designed and made a detachable train and then spent many hours embellishing it all with beads and lace.
This was Sharon’s first attempt at beading and you certainly would never know. Even the veil is adorned with pearl beads!
Sharon explains, ‘The dress was hand beaded by myself it took me about 200 hours to do the dress and the train. The dress and train have over 600 pearl beads. Over 8,000 seed beads and 18 pearl buttons. The hem of the dress sleeves and train were hand beaded with white pearl seed beads and it is done in a braid stitch and all the hems are adorned with fine lace. Most of the dress was hand sew.’
You can’t see it in this photo but the pearl buttons go all the way down the opening at the back. Sharon obviously has an embroidery machine too as she has embroidered the letter ‘L’ for ‘Love’ on the end of the train which gives it a truly romantic and regal feel.
‘I curled the hair myself and then put it up with bobby pins and embellished it with rhinestones and little silk flowers.’
This photo shows Abigail’s fancy ‘updo’, some of the pearl buttons down the back and the gorgeous embellishment at the top of the detachable train.
This beautiful ensemble has been finished off with a sweet bouquet, tiny purse, pearl necklace and bracelet, and a sparling tiara. Abigail must feel like a real princess in this dress.
Sharon tells me, ‘This dress is for competition so I had to make sure it was perfect, it’s going on the circuit starting in August.’
Thank you so much Sharon for sharing all these photos and explaining what has gone into creating this truly spectacular wedding gown. I wish you all the very best with the competition circuit and we would all love to know how you go so please keep us updated.