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Dress Project: Alex Blush Bridal Gown

1 hr 37 mins

Welcome to the Alex Blush Dress Project!

Alex Blush is a stunning Halter top wedding or engagement dress featuring a deep V neckline, whimsical hand sewn floral lace and sheer bodice-inspired details. An effortless A-line silhouette is created by layers of tulle over a nude blush color base. You will feel comfortable all day long with the airy layers.

In this project video, you will learn:

how to drape and construct a halter top tulle bodice
How to turn your draped base sample into a pattern
Cut and sew nude color tulle into a halter top with an invisible center front extension
The placement and flow of lace appliques
Hand sew the lace appliques
How to cut layers of full circle tulles and sew them
How to layer tulles and secure them to create tulle circle skirt

Fabrics and Materials:

  • Soft, fair skin color, Italian tulle:
    For Bodice< 1 yard
    For Skirt < 5 yards
  • Soft Italian, off-white color tulle:
    For skirt: each layer of full circle takes approx. 4-5 yards
    (Blush Skirt has 5 layers of full circle tulle)
  • Flower embroidered bridal lace- 1 yard
    (Choose laces that are easier to cut into appliques)

LESSONS

Intro, Design, Sketching

Introduction
Lesson 1
Introduction
In this introductory lesson, I welcome students to the Online Fashion Workshop and provide an overview of the course, where you will learn how to create a wedding gown from scratch using the draping technique.
9 mins
Design & Sketching the Look
Lesson 2
Design & Sketching the Look
In this lesson, I taught the process of designing and sketching a bridal gown with a nude blush undertone and a white embroidered tulle overlay. The gown features a transparent design with an open back halter top, a deep V-neckline, and a flowy, layered tulle skirt with a big A-line silhouette.
9 mins

Draping

Taping the Dress Form
Lesson 3
Taping the Dress Form
How to tape the dress form with paper graphic tapes to create reference lines for draping. This step ensures that the draping process stays true to the intended design lines and makes the job easier, faster, and more accurate.
1 min
Draping the Bodice
Lesson 4
Draping the Bodice
In this lesson, I start draping the first sample bodice using the actual fabric for the dress. I pin the fabric to the dress form, following the reference lines and ensuring a slight stretch to avoid bunching after removal.
3 mins
Marking the Draped Bodice
Lesson 5
Marking the Draped Bodice
How to mark the draping lines on the fabric without drawing directly on it. I prefer using contrasting thread to top stitch the lines instead of marking with a pen or pencil to avoid staining the delicate fabric.
4 mins

The Bodice

Creating the Bodice Pattern
Lesson 6
Creating the Bodice Pattern
How to transfer the draped bodice onto paper to create the pattern. I show the steps to carefully pin the draped fabric onto the paper grid, then trace the stitching lines using a tracing wheel to mark the final pattern outline.
9 mins
Cutting the Bodice
Lesson 7
Cutting the Bodice
How to properly cut the bodice pattern pieces from delicate fabrics like tulle and silk chiffon. I emphasize the importance of being gentle and using the right tools to avoid damaging the fabrics.
4 mins
Sewing the Bodice
Lesson 8
Sewing the Bodice
In this session, I demonstrated how to sew the bodice of the bridal gown. I worked on assembling the lining layers, creating darts, and stabilizing the neckline area with taping.
17 mins

The Skirt

How to Cut the Skirt
Lesson 9
How to Cut the Skirt
I demonstrate how to cut a full skirt for a bridal gown on a smaller scale. I show the process of cutting the front and back pieces that will be layered to create the full skirt with a train.
23 mins
Demonstration: Cutting the Skirt Front Lace
Lesson 10
Demonstration: Cutting the Skirt Front Lace
How to cut the lace fabric for the front skirt panel of a bridal gown. I explain the measurements and layout needed to create a half-circle skirt pattern based on the model's height and waist size.
14 mins
Demonstration: Cutting the Skirt Back Lace
Lesson 11
Demonstration: Cutting the Skirt Back Lace
In this session, I demonstrated how to cut the back piece of the skirt for the bridal gown. The back skirt will be in two separate pieces with a seam at the center back to allow for a long train.
7 mins
Sewing the Skirt
Lesson 12
Sewing the Skirt
In this session, I demonstrated how to sew the lace skirt for the Alex Blush Bridal Gown. The intricate lace detailing required careful handling and precise stitching to achieve the desired elegant look.
4 mins

Finishing

Attaching the Bodice to Skirt, and Finishing
Lesson 13
Attaching the Bodice to Skirt, and Finishing
I demonstrate how to attach the skirt to the bodice of the bridal gown and complete the final finishing touches. The gown looked stunning on the model, and I was thrilled with the outcome!
2 mins
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