Added Aug 4, 2010
Long time no see!!!
Now you’ll understand! For my best friend’s wedding, I offered (silly me) to sew both bridesmaid dresses: one for me (size 50), one for her sister (size 34), a looong split ;) And it took me ages! We went through a process…
1) Choosing the pattern… I brought my Burdas and we explored the possibilities. We all fell in love with the pattern 120 from july 2010. Weirdly, it hasn’t been uploaded with the other ones of that month…
2) Choosing the color… For her wedding, Anne wanted to use ivory and lavender as the theme was Provencal wines: YUM!
3) Getting the fabric… Burda recommended linen tricot for the lining AND Chiffon for the draping. It took us a whole day and four fabric shops to find our happiness. Well, the fabric was a tad bit expensive, but this time, I wasn’t the one with the wallet ;)
4) Making a tryout dress for both bridesmaid… With cheap cheap fabric. I actually made those by hand while watching the world cup with the old people of our building (and in the Netherlands, let me tell you, it was CRAZY). What was cute is that the old ladies all came to me to see what I was doing!
5) Altering the tryout dresses… As usual, I had to make mine a tad wider, and to my surprise, the second (for the second bridesmaid) was too big, it ended up with almost a 32 size fit!
6) Cutting… What a holy moment, it took me a few days to dare cutting in the expensive fabric, and then, i got over it…
7) Sewing… And sewing and sewing and sewing… I wanted it to be perfect, especially with that wonder of a fabric
8) Try out… On me, it was easy, but on the sister, I could only do it 3 days before the wedding, and I panicked when she listed the things that weren’t good for her… Aaargh!
9) Corrections and finishing touches… Until one hour before we got in the church :s
Also, I forgot to mention that the last days, I had to sew at my grand ma’s, a retired seamstress… And she kept on watching and watching, and telling me what to do, or not do… But in the end, she did hand sew the seam of both dresses in a way I could never have…
We took the pictures on my balcony, as the wedding went by (with success) and we forgot to take pictures :S
As I repeated at least 50 times since I started this project, Now, I do a few EASY things! Like the Anda dress…
Draping: dark lavender Chiffon
Lining: linen tricot in light lavender
Invisible zipper, in light lavender too…
What do you think of these summery styles?
Sewing & Techniques
Check out this step-by-step on sewing our wrapped and pleated mini skirt
Check out the debut of this lovely designer style pattern with angular pleats
Behind the seams with Marina von Koenig Part 1
Dreamy dresses, floral prints, and cute spring tops.
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