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Polka-Dotted Wedding Guest Dress

Added Aug 7, 2012

by sue1656

Reston, Virginia...






I created this dress for a friend’s wedding I’d been planning to attend for months. I worked on it slowly over the few weeks before the wedding and managed to finish it just in time. I used a drapey white and red rayon shirting and Frankensteined the bodice from M5845 to a circle skirt from a vintage McCall’s dress pattern I’d originally planned to use for the entire project. Sometimes when things don’t work out, it’s for the best, because I really love the final bodice/skirt combination I ended up with!

I did make a few changes to the patterns I used, including shortening the circle skirt to near the knee, lowering the bodice neckline by 1.5" and creating an entirely different back closure on the bodice using a clasp hidden by a big bow. I also added a waist stay, which helped keep everything in place and prevented the skirt/waistline from drooping.

Blogged here: http://sewinsteady.blogspot.com/2012/08/finished-project-wedding-guest-dress.html

Material Notes

M5845, Vintage M4581, white and red rayon from Fabric.com, petersham ribbon from a Fashionable stitch (for waist stay), lots of thread, 7" invisible zip, 2 to 3 clasps for waist stay and bow closure, tiny sew-on snaps to hold one side of bow in place, muslin for lining the bodice.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Cotton, Rayon

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    Aug 25, 2016, 12.42 PMby addiem

    It looks really nice and it is really fit for a wedding event. For sure there’s a long island wedding planner out there that would be able to create a whole theme around a dress like that. That’s what having talent really is about. Do you also work with wedding planners in designing your dresses? If not, this would be an interesting partnership, don’t you think?

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    Aug 14, 2012, 02.21 AMby poppykettle

    Love it!

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    Aug 11, 2012, 04.16 AMby sarscam1

    Cute! Nice work.

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    Aug 9, 2012, 07.24 AMby kihli

    This is so cute and retro, and you look great in it!

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    Aug 9, 2012, 01.42 AMby klassykate

    I love the bow in the back!

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    Aug 8, 2012, 05.28 AMby leokadia

    Sehr hübsch!

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