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« on: February 15, 2009 11:10:25 AM »

I will be making my wedding dress and my bridesmaid dress. I only have one attendant so I wanted to do something for her. Right now I can show off the fabric and the mockup of her dress. The fabric for my dress isn't in my hands right now so I can't take a picture of it and oddly I forgot to take pictures of just me in my mockup, but I can do that on a dress form.

Anyway I asked my sister-equivalent to be my attendant and said I wanted to make her dress. I didn't care hardly at all what kind of dress she wanted since there is only one attendant and I want it to be a dress that she will like. I am of the opinion that I know what looks good on me and she knows what looks good on her.

After talking and then looking in her closet at her other dresses we came up with a design. It should be noted that while I have the skills to pattern a dress from scratch I didn't want that added pressure so I used a pattern. Actually I used several. She liked the overlapping and pleated bust from McCalls 5652 but I thought the body needed to be more fitted for a "dressier" look so I found Vogue 8488 which had the same under the bust seam and flow-y feel but a nice shape and fit. (Yes, she is skinny). Then I added a wider strap that is gathered to the front and back bodice.

I know it is muslin and hard to see the details, but I am very excited. Here is my sketch, combining the pattern elements

I went up in January to have this fitting then we and our mothers decided to go the fabric store to look at fabric. Amazingly we found fabric and bought it! Here is the fabric for her dress. It will have two layers a printed silk chiffon (that is very see through, hence the 2nd layer) and a cotton/silk sateen. We spent a lot of time in the fabric store putting the chiffon over fabrics to see what gave us the best look. In the picture the sateen looks more blueish, but in real life it is more purple-ish.

The underlayer

The chiffon print

The two together

My dress soon! And the final dresses when I finish them.


Goodbye Tucson! I will miss how everything dried so quickly!
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009 11:11:44 AM »

I love that pattern. So pretty. Smiley

« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2009 08:21:37 AM »

The muslin looks great so far, and I love the bold fabric!

You have a lucky bridesmaid of honor.

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