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Wedding Gown by Rebecca

The talented Rebecca from Alaska recently made a bridal gown for her son and daughter-in-law’s wedding that took place at Anini Beach in Kauai.  She made this romantically graceful wedding gown of delicate lace fabric bought from Britex in the 1980s and 4-ply silk charmeuse, and then trimmed the veil and created the sash from pale ballet pink silk satin ribbon bought from Britex Fabrics’ online store. She said, “An interesting tidbit….in order to apply the narrow 1/8 inch satin ribbon to the diamond white shimmer veiling, I used adding machine tape to stabilize the tulle and back it for stitching.  I then carefully stitched with my machine, taking care to gently move the fabric and paper together, and at the curves, carefully tore the paper and again inserted to allow perfect matched lines for end of veil, which also was much longer than the chapel length train of gown.  The most time consuming aspect of it was carefully tearing the paper away from the stitching without disturbing the integrity of the stitch, but with care, everything turned out fine.  The silk satin ribbon was amazing to use, and had the best quality, being a double sided variety I chose for gown and veiling.”

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Lace Couture Gown – Nima Shiraz

We caught the fabulously talented Nima in Britex Fabrics’ lace trim department the other day, and swooned when he showed us one of his latest creations! We love the graceful lace neckline and the glamorous silhouette. He says, “The gown and accessories are 100% Britex made of crepe de chine, combination of multiple lace, Chantilly lace, beaded trims, and tulle and it could be worn on the red carpet or as bridal couture.” This gown is part of a collection of 12 couture gowns that he is currently working on. (Photography by Scott Marrs, models are Ashley Valentine & Ankur Jaswal, and the designer is Nima Shiraz Couture. See images for additional information)

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Elegant Bias Cut Wedding Gown

It is time for love, and we adore this elegantly classic wedding gown – from the softly draped neckline, to the sensuous low back, to the flowing romantic train. Cut on the bias, it would be perfect in either fluid silk crepe back satin or silk charmeuse. Pattern is Vogue 2965.

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Bridal Gown and Jacket – by Kelly & Joke


Kelly and her good friend (and sewing mentor) Joke made this stunning wedding gown for Kelly’s daughter, Tiffany. The classic long-sleeved jacket was made from 6 ¼ yards of delicate cream colored silk taffeta from Britex Fabrics, and has a beautifully beaded train. Sewing adventures were shared, with Kelly hand-beading one side of the jacket and train, and Joke hand-beading the opposite side! Both professionalism and love shine through in this exceedingly special dress!

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Silk Wedding Gown – Moira


Moira is radiant in her elegant bridal gown. Moira’s mother-in-law, Glenda created her stunningly simple wedding gown from fabrics that they got from Britex fabrics. She started with a Vogue pattern but eventually ended up altering it almost completely, including adding a train. She made this delectably graceful confection out of silk satin, silk organza, silk crinkle chiffon, French lace on the bodice, rayon lining, hand sewn crystals, and a rhinestone banding on the veil….every bride should be so lucky to have such a talented and giving mother-in-law!

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