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Dress the Bride Competition – Shelia Gilbert’s Entry

June 8th, 2010

Such a beautiful, blushing bride!

We really loved Shelia Gilbert’s dress for its versatility!  The idea of a very simple dress, which can be worn after the big day that can be transformed in to a stunning wedding gown – genius!

My bride is one of the dolls from The Dolls House Emporium family and she wanted a very simple dress that she could wear after the wedding.  I started by creating a simple white silk dress with a beaded bodice and a shell embroidered hem.


For the wedding day itself, I added an overskirt of white silk with a matching shell embroidered hem, but this time I added beads and a jewelled design on the back of the skirt.  This skirt is then attached to the main dress with a belt of ribbon and jewels – but it can be detached after the wedding if the bride wishes!

She also wears white jewelled shoes and carries a bouquet of cream roses which I made from tissue paper wound around a cocktail stick and then wired.


Her veil is a triangle of net, which I have gathered a third of the way down and added beads all around the edge. The head dress is two strands of beads on wire, twisted together to make a hoop which sits round her hair. I styled her hair in to a pony tail to add a touch of elegance!



She also has a necklace of matching beads – and a cheeky garter of gathered ribbon!  She’s now ready for her perfect wedding!

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4 Comments to “Dress the Bride Competition – Shelia Gilbert’s Entry”


  1. That is so hot! Luv the modern touch. It’s really glam :)

  2. Pauline Bennett Says:


    Very interesting design. Wonderful detail. Sorry to be so late with my comment but only just learned how to do iit, Been trying for ages. .

  3. Pauline Bennett Says:


    Very interesting design. Wonderful detail. Sorry to be so late with my comment but only just learned how to do it.

  4. Claudia Botton Says:


    love the dress i wont one can you make a bigger size for me. or mabye another one the same size so i can have one for my doll i am getting on tuesday. I am getting the nicole doll also the Mia doll. i have already got the Grace doll she is sooooo pretty.

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