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Here’s the story:

I’m getting married, but not having a conventional wedding. We’re having a cookout/bonfire for the reception, but only a private ceremony. Still, I want to look great at this shindig.

What I need:

I’m looking for a pattern, suitable for a curvy girl. I’m thinking a bit of 50s style wouldn’t hurt it, but I’ll probably go a teensy bit shorter than the standard tea length dress. The wedding will be in the beginning of September, so it could still be hot, but I’ll need to have a sweater or something with me, since we’ll be outside, and it will get colder. Do you have a dress pattern that would fill these requirements? The dress and sweater don’t have to be in the same pattern.

Thanks, everyone!


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    Jun 9, 2011, 09.32 AMby sewingfan1

    Vogue do some lovely vintage 50s patterns which are said to be easy to make and would look gorgeous in wedding fabrics. Last month’s Burda had some lovely 50s designs too. A little shrug or capelet could work well to keep the chill off.

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      Jun 10, 2011, 04.00 PMby hanolalaith

      I haven’t done much with Vogue patterns before, but I haven’t really had occasion to, either. I will definitely take a look at their pattern catalog. Thank you!

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      Jun 10, 2011, 04.18 PMby hanolalaith

      Well, I’ve spent about 15 mins on Vogue’s website, have a list of as many patterns that are possibilities, and several others that I feel the need to make, just because. Anybody else want to have a black and white dinner, or masquerade party, just to make a fancy dress?

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      Jun 10, 2011, 05.55 PMby sewingfan1

      I know the feeling!! lol

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    Jun 9, 2011, 04.29 PMby mlakin

    Hi Jessica You might want to look at New Look patterns. I have made 6910 which is a basic shift dress with either a straight or a more flared skirt, and that worked out well for me. You could easily just attach the top to a circle skirt to make it a bit more of 50s feel. Also, the pattern is not too difficult. It comes with a little jacket, which I’ve never made because I’m not sure I like it. Also look at 6799, which is similar, but with a plainer and possibly slightly better jacket, and 6723, which I lust after, but am trying to ration myself!

    I just wanted to say that I got married in a 50s style cocktail dress (bought not sewn unfortunately, this was before I even had a sewing machine). It was a basic bodice and skirt in nude, overlaid with a cream fabric embroidered in black. It worked perfectly for what was a very casual, simple wedding and I’ve been able to wear it to a couple of events since.

    Congratulations! I hope it all goes well….

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      Jun 10, 2011, 03.59 PMby hanolalaith

      Thanks for the pattern suggestions! I hadn’t thought about lace overlay, but that may add just a touch of something special! I’d love to see a photo of your dress, if you have one. Pretty please?

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      Jun 10, 2011, 04.23 PMby hanolalaith

      Of these, I think I like 6723 the most. The neckline options are fantastic.

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      Jun 14, 2011, 04.02 PMby mlakin

      Hello, I’ve sent you a message about this, as I can’t work out a way to attach pictures, but have some if you’d like to see them

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    Jun 10, 2011, 04.10 PMby nialew

    Burda 8174 is an easy pattern to sew and is very flattering since it has the boning and the princess seams. I think that dress has everything you are looking for. if it does not work, look at vogue’s patterns they have some awesome 50’s patterns. Congrats, and hope this helps you out.

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      Jun 13, 2011, 12.39 PMby hanolalaith

      Thanks for the suggestion! I really like how it is reminiscent of the 50’s style, with a little more modern touch. The bow at the waist is such a nice little detail!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 01.54 PMby lizziemonster

    I am just finishing up Vogue 2960 which is a vintage patern, I am very much a novice and this was pretty simple, I even manged to adapt it easily as this was no where close to being my shape and it is still very flattering. Hope you find teh perfect dress

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      Jun 14, 2011, 03.55 PMby hanolalaith

      Thank you! I love the lower back on that one. They all have such nice details!

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