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Dress the Bride Competition – Beate Doerre’s Entry

3 July 2010

We absolutely loved the simplicity, but elegance of Beate Doerre’s bride – and that little touch that lets her dance the night away!

“After deciding to enter the Dress the Bride competition I firstly chose a doll to be my bride.  I then searched the internet and my old magazines for ideas and inspiration on bridal dresses and patterns.  I also looked through my many boxes of materials, fabrics, lace, beads and flowers to see what I could use.

I stripped my doll and braided her hair to keep it out of the way whilst I dressed her.  I also painted her shoes white to match her dress.  For the dress itself, I decided on a simple but elegant design and used a satin, glossed cotton.  I trimmed this cotton with white lace on the skirt of the dress.  Once the skirt panels were stitched together I gathered the waist with a white thread before securing it to my doll.  I then attached a beautiful train to the back of the skirt, but only secured it with a simple thread – you will see why later!

I created the bodice out of the same satin cotton and gave it long, wide sleeves, also trimmed with lace, which I attached and gathered with white thread.  Once the bodice was fitted to my bride, I added a light rosé flower to the end of her braided hair.  I also added a veil, which I made from netting, by stitching it to her hair and then covered the join between the hair and the veil with small white beads.  The last touch was her bouquet, which included dark and light rosé silk-ribbon roses wrapped in a piece of lace.

She is now ready to walk down the aisle with the father of the bride!

After the service it is now time to reveal the secret of the train!  It can now be removed easily to allow the bride to dance the night away!”

Dress the Bride Competition – Joan Smith’s entry

1 July 2010

Wedding preparations on a miniature scale!
Joan Smith’s traditional white bride is stunning and we especially loved how she photographed her in her beautiful bedroom preparing for her big moment!
“This bride is one from my Wedding Shop, which I made from The Market Cross kit from The Dolls House Emporium – I have a number of brides and wedding gowns in the shop, but this is my favourite!

The dress is a miniature version of a dress I made for a friend of my daughter.  We designed the dress together, as she wanted one made out of satin and in a similar style to the one her mother wore at her own wedding. – the only difference we made was to the length and we made this dress long rather than mid-calf, which was the style in the 60s.
I photographed the bride in a room box I have just completed, so she is surrounded by everything she needs to make herself look beautiful for her big day.”

Dress the Bride Competition – Rebecca Smith’s Entry

29 June 2010

Our Design a Wedding Dress competition was so popular that we thought we would show you a few more of our favourites.

Rebecca Smith’s simple yet elegant design for a wedding dress, with those beautiful added touches, really stood out.

“I wanted to design a dress that was plain, but elegant with a beautiful long train.  I chose a deep cream material, which was finished off with small, clear beads, pearls and sequins – not too fussy, but just enough to add that all important sparkle!

I made the skirt first before adding an elegant train.  I then designed and created the bodice to attach to the skirt and the train.  I sewed small clear beads around the neckline of the dress and sequins around the hem.  I also added a tiny cream rose, together with two pearls, to the back of the dress.

The veil is made from a cream voile which I attached to the bride’s hair before adding a tiara, which was made from the same clear beads and pearls on the dress, and threaded onto a fine wire. The finishing touch is the beautiful bouquet of small pink flowers, bound together with a narrow ribbon and tied to the bride’s hand. She is also wearing a small pearl engagement ring.


I think she is now ready to walk up the aisle!

Design a Wedding Venue Competition – Joe Carlton’s entry

19 June 2010

The most elegant of weddings!
We were really impressed with Joe Carlton’s ‘simple, but elegant’ wedding venue, particularly the beautiful hand made flowers – perfect for even the most elegant of brides!  Here’s how Joe created his entry.
“I decided to enter this competition after reading about it in Dolls House World Magazine.  I’m not really sure where my inspiration came from – after reading the article I had lots of ideas from a big white fairytale wedding to a beach inspired wedding.  In the end I decided I wanted a simple, but elegant wedding.  The simple part to me meant a small gathering and a simple design.  The elegant side was my idea of using traditional roses and beautiful organza.

I started out with ten pieces of 6mm MDF to create the setting – I didn’t want it be too large, but big enough to fit three tables on – and began by making the three back walls.  I wanted the setting to have a fabric back drop so I first attached a white cotton fabric.  I cut the cotton to be 200 per cent bigger than the wall, I then started pleating the fabric and attaching it to the three walls, to get the draped effect I wanted – it took me about two hours for each wall over two nights, but I’m really pleased with the finished effect!  Once the glue had dried I attached the organza to give it that elegant feel.  I then added the ‘grass’ to the floor and started on the chairs and tables.


I had four tables in all – two round and two for the head table – together with 16 chairs.  I sprayed the chairs with an ‘Antique White’ gloss paint.  Once they were dry I dressed the chairs with the same organza as I used in the backdrop and made the table cloths from the same white cotton I attached to my back walls.  All I needed to do then was to dress the venue!


First, on the head table I placed a vase of Grandiflora Rose and on the other two tables I placed some standard red roses in glass vases. At the entrance of the venue I placed two urns, which I filled with handmade ivy leaves and fuchsias – all of the flowers, apart from the yellow spray, were hand made by me. For the finishing touches I added an arch over the entrance to the venue and covered it in climbing flowers, two benches for guests to relax on and the cutlery!

I hope you like my entry!”

Design a Wedding Venue Competition – Harriet Jones’ Entry

18 June 2010

A veritable Victorian feast!
This beautiful Victorian wedding by Harriet Jones, from Walsall, was definitely one of our favourite designs.  We love the idea of an outside reception in the grounds of a stunning Victorian house!  We’ll let Harriet explain where she got her inspiration from.

My miniature wedding project was inspired by my attendance at a friend’s wedding.  The photographs at that wedding were taken in the gardens of a beautiful Victorian country house and they looked absolutely stunning.  It was this that gave me the idea for my own project.
I set my wedding reception in the garden of my own Victorian dolls’ house, incorporating the conservatory to add a certain ambience – and some where to shelter from the rain if the worst does happen!  The furniture includes pieces I acquired whilst decorating my dolls’ house.  I laid the table with a red striped table cloth, which I made myself, together with handmade name cards.  The chairs have been decorated with a red bow to match the table cloth and the ‘red carpet’, which adds a bit of ‘film star’ glamour!  I added a piece of gold cardboard to the back of the conservatory to create a beautiful backdrop for the bride and groom’s first dance.

The wedding guests are all relaxing in the garden, sitting on the pretty patterned cushions which I handmade, whilst they wait for the wedding breakfast to be served.  The beautiful wedding cake is already on display – I made this out of sugar paste and I am really pleased with the finished design!  The very well behaved children, who are the pageboys and bridesmaids at the ceremony, sit quietly in the garden, while the bride and groom take a much needed rest on the steps to the house!

My aim was to create a happy and relaxed atmosphere for my wedding guests and I think I’ve done that!  I am really pleased with my beautiful Victorian wedding in a stunning Victorian house!”
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