Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sewing Bee #4: Busy Busy Busy

Well, what happened yesterday? There was no Sewing Bee post! The truth is that I have been too busy actually sewing to write a post about sewing. (Imagine that!)


I am working on a five bridesmaids’ dress order for a wedding in one month, so I’ve been very busy and haven’t really had slow or quiet moment since we moved home. I’m having to combine/create a pattern for the look the bride wants, and it has been challenging, but very fun and I’m excited about the results.


Here is the dress the bride loved, but wanted to make it modest without having to buy jackets or shrug. I knew that making the bodice and adding sleeves would be very simple, but the skirt would be another story. I have done flounces/ruffles like that before, but never that large or to that scale. On the right is the sketch I made based on what she told me she wanted.

The dresses are made from black satin, with pink sashes for four of the girls, and an ivory sash for the Matron of Honor.

I ended up combining and modifying two patterns: Simplicity 2648 and Burda 7370.

I used the bodice from the Simplicity pattern—making the neck square instead of round or sweetheart—and I’m using the skirt from the Burda pattern, view A. I’m having to lengthen the skirt and increase the number of flounces to seven instead of three. I’ll also be adding a 3/4 length sleeve from a pattern I already have.

Here are some photos of the practice skirt :


And here is one of the dress linings, all ready for the first fitting. I couldn’t wait to see how the ruffles would look so I pinned one on for a sneak peak. I can’t wait til they are finished!



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1 comment:

  1. Wow, I think those bridesmaids dresses will look lovely when they're all finished. I like that the dresses are LONG...and the ruffles are a romantic touch. Post a pic when you have one of the dresses made up. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)