Reception Dress Prototype
Added Apr 3, 2010
San Diego, Calif...
I bought a vintage pattern from a 1958 Eva Dress to use as a possible dress for my wedding reception. I wanted to make a prototype of it to see how the fit was and whether or not it would actually work. Let me just say what a pain in the arse the pattern was. Actually it was the bodice, specifically. It just wouldn’t line up the way I wanted. It was also telling me to add elastic in the armholes to keep the front of the blouse from gaping in an unsightly manner. There were no clear directions on where exactly to put the elastic and really only had never given any other directions other than that one particular instruction. I ended up just tacking the contrasting piece to the inside of the bodice. I think it seemed to work, but I don’t love it. If I make this dress again, I will change the interior of the bodice again. The instructions overall in the pattern were fairly confusing at times. I just kind of sewed it together willy-nilly. I also shortened the dress considerably, as summer is around the corner here in San Diego.
So If I do make this as a reception dress, then I will be making it in white dupioni silk, with red dupioni contrast. I will possibly add some other fabric to the dress to give it a more bridal look,. It will also be left closer to the original length, which is about calf length.
Debbie Mumm quilting fabric (cotton)