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I shall attempt to refrain from cruelly picking apart everything I don't like and just let things be! Really, I love the dress, it just didn't photograph so well last night. I blame awful lighting and my old, confused camera.

So the gown is "dark ivory" silk taffeta covered in English netting and alencon lace. The bertha and sleeves were mounted on to silk organza for strength. I added fringe to the bows following the instructions here: http://thesewingacademy.org/index.php?topic=8495.0 I may end up knotting the fringe to keep it from doing the "dread lock" thing it's ended up in. The eyelets are covered with matching thread. 

The alencon lace was painstakingly appliqued by hand to the netting all around the hem, and then on the bertha and sleeves. Even though the process was tedious, it was really enjoyable! This was after I trimmed all of the lace, since the manufacturers tend to leave extra netting around the top. Sadly, I've already got a small tear in the netting from last night, but it should be an easy fix and I can cover it with a bit of lace.

I also want to add more ribbons and fluff to the headpiece, which was a $5 last minute purchase! 

Someday... I will have a nice camera to take decent pictures with...

          

And there's a bunch more 

        

And here are pretty pictures of ktlovely!
        

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On February 26th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC), jennil commented:
I think it's just beautiful!!!
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On February 26th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC), aimeekitty commented:
so gorgeous! it's so lacy!!
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On February 28th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!
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On February 26th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC), countessof_roth commented:
You've set the bar incredibly high for what your wedding dress is going to be...

*slathered with drool and waiting *
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On February 28th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
hehe thank you! i know... i wouldn't mind wearing this, but mike says he's already seen it :P he's making a really big deal out of knowing NOTHING about my wedding dress! i guess he can have his quirks since i have plenty of my own! ;-)
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On February 27th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC), jenthompson commented:
Gorgeous!!!
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On February 28th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!
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On February 27th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC), ismiseniamh commented:
DEAR SWEET LORD YOU ARE GORGEOUS.

Also, I vote this for a wedding gown. Just saying. XP
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On February 28th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
hhahahah well, mike has already said no, because it wouldn't be a surprise. kinda hard to surprise someone when he's with you 90% of the time!
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On February 27th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC), mala_14 commented:
Absolutely perfect! Not only do you look incredibly beautiful, but it also looks like you stepped out of a time machine. Wonderful job!
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On February 28th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!!
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On February 27th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC), madamekat commented:
Oh oh oh!!! You are a princess!!
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On February 28th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you! :D
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On February 27th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC), twilatee commented:
gah.... I want to go to a ball and be a princess tooooooooooooo!

:)
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On February 28th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
i so wish i could have gone to the november ball with you and katherine! i miss you... :(
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On February 27th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC), operafantomet commented:
As usual, 100% super stunning. Both of you.
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On February 28th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!
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On February 27th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC), llyrafantasyfae commented:
Wow!!!! that is gorgeous!
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On February 28th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!
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On February 27th, 2012 09:21 am (UTC), theladyrebecca commented:
Gorgeous! So light and fluffy and delicate. I love all the lace!
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On February 28th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you! the lace was the whole reason i made the dress. i couldn't resist!
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On February 27th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC), mlsdesigns commented:
Sp pretty! You look absolutely perfect, white dresses always make me swoon :)
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On February 28th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you! there really is something so lovely and sweet about white dress :)
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On February 27th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC), mandie_rw commented:
Absolutely incredibly gorgeous! I think you do every era well, but you really outdo yourself with 1860s! :)
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On February 28th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!! it's definitely my comfy place in costuming :)
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On February 27th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC), the_aristocat commented:
Absolutely breathtaking!
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On February 28th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you so much!
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On February 27th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC), historicfashion commented:
You guys both are amazng. You dress is so light and elegant, classy lines not candy-sweet. Beautiful work and you look fabulous.
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On February 28th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!
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On February 28th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC), love3angle commented:
You're crazy if you think there's anything wrong with this dress!
All that detail in the lace, the fringe on the bows, the bertha lays perfectly. Just lovely.
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On February 28th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you so much! since i don't have my dress form here in MI, i had to drape the bertha on me, which was an interesting experience to say the least...!
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On February 28th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC), jenacorn commented:
Lovely gown. Especially all the detailing... wow.
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On February 28th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you!
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On February 28th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC), myladyswardrobe commented:
Gorgeous. You look so ethereal and beautiful. Just love the dress. Wish I could wear ivory but I'd just look ill!

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On February 28th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC), reine_de_coudre replied:
thank you so much! :)
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