Added Nov 29, 2009
I was a spring bride, and this is the dress I wore – I made it myself.
I’ve always wanted a short dress in 1950s style, an outfit I could move easily in and show off my shoes! I didn’t want the veil, the train, the lot, so vintage styles seemed like an option.
I failed to find one ready made, so the only option was to sew it myself. A very brave project, I must say!
To begin with, I did quite a bit of research, looking for vintage dress patterns, originally issued in around 1950s.
I had to order several, as the sizes were very different and I got quite a few patterns that were way too big. I then came across McCall’s 5815 dress pattern on Etsy, and made a draft dress from cheap cotton.
It didn’t look good!
First of all, this vintage neckline turned out to be very uncomfortable and created a hood-shaped fold on my chest every time I moved my shoulders forward to lowered my head. Secondly, who can handle so much fabric around one’s waist?! This gathered skirt design made my look fat and unflattering.
So I changed the pattern – cut out a deeper neckline, lowered the empire waist, and re-designed the skirt into a full flare. A petticoat did wonders to the whole outfit. I embellished the dress with moss green sash, which was the theme colour of our wedding.
On the day I felt absolutely gorgeous, and even though it was a stressful process getting the dress done, I’d do it again!
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