Polka-Dotted Wedding Guest Dress

Added Aug 7, 2012

by sue1656

Reston, Virginia...

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Description

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.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Summer, Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Vintage
Material
Cotton, Rayon

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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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