- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
Bees – I have said in a few threads that I’m making my dress. Well over Christmas my mom and I got it all put together except for the buttons, snaps, and hem. I love it!! It’s the perfect dress for me and I can’t wait to wear it.
It’s vintage vogue V2962, styled after a 1957 pattern. I’m making the shorter version and took it up slightly to be just past my knee rather than tea length.
The fabric is a 100% silk taffetta in a pale ivory. I got it at my local fabric superstore, Fabric Depot. The overlay is a light, flexible, netting with embroidered/sequined leaf motfis, I call it lace because it’s easier to say/type/understand than “embroidered netting” but it is not, in fact, lace. It looks like this:
It has a notceable end pattern, with the “bottom” (above) having a heavy embroider and the “top” (not shown) having just a few scattered small leaf motifs. The bottom I used as the bottom edge of the skirt, this is excellent for many reasons, not the least being that I only have to hem the bottom layer and not the top.
The bodice is a halter with a gathered bust and close fitting midriff band. I am *very* short waisted, so the midriff band was shortened by almost two inches! eep. Here’s what the bodice looked like before I attached the skirt:
The middle front has a flaw that was fixed in the final product, no worries!
You might notice that the pattern bodice is gathered and mine is pleated. That served several purposes.
1) It looks cleaner (IMO)
2) I am a lazy seamstress and gathering is hard.
3) I don’t really have a third, but I always like to make lists of threes.
The skirt, however, I did gather. The pattern called for 200 inches of fabric in the skirt to be gathered into the waist. I did not do that. First, I didn’t have enough lace due to some bad math (the pattern did not call for using just the ends of the fabric, I had to figure it out on my own and did poorly). Second, the thought of gathering 17 feet of fabric into 2.5 feet makes me sweat.
Here’s the final product, gathered and all. The picture isn’t very good, but you get the basic effect:
Any other bees making/made their dresses? Show me your pics!