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1920's Reproduction Bridesmaid dress. Silk Chiffon

Added Dec 19, 2009

by be-bops1

Gulfport, Florid...






This was a request for a repro of an amazing matron of honor dress that had been in the family for a long time. It was unfortunately badly damaged by age. I took photos of the original while on vacation and based on the photos I reproduced a likeness of the dress in the same fabric. I found the exact fabric at a local private fabric store (Jay’s fabrics S. Pasadena, FL) and started the project. The panels are 14 large petal type panels that go around the dropped waistline. The fabric is a crinkle silk chiffon which was amazingly durable and beautiful to work with. I edged the panels and all of the edges with a deco. stitch that was most like the original. I found later that the original had a great tie on “train” which the girls tied on and had a large bow in front. This winter I plan to make one to add to the dress. The wedding was held in Augusta, Maine, in august in the 20’s Apparently each bridesmaid wore a different color of the same dress and the matron/maid of honor wore the multi colored version of the dress… wearing a color of each of the other bridesmaids.

Material Notes

crinkle silk chiffon, silk thread




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    Dec 28, 2009, 03.10 PMby Heather D. Childree

    I love the history that you included. What a cool idea for a a matron/maid of honor dress.

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    Dec 22, 2009, 09.01 AMby marmota-b

    What a fantastic dress!

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    Dec 21, 2009, 02.08 AMby freakusbzzz

    what stitch did you do on the edge? Looks lovely. Detail is great.

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      Dec 21, 2009, 02.43 PMby be-bops1

      It’s actually just a stretch blind stitch on the edges of the petals. I tried many deco, but the blind stitch looked closest to the original. I allowed it to lettuce by stretching the fabric a bit on the petals. On the neckline and arms however, I put some tear off stabilizer and stitched it so the edge stayed straight. It’s folded over on those edges as well.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.22 AMby loyl8

    really pretty i love it

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    Dec 20, 2009, 02.09 AMby calicocouture

    Wow! I love the skirt. The story behind the dress is really interesting. I too, would love to see pictures of the original.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 11.47 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    how beautiful! i love the idea behind the bridesmaid/maid of honor color scheme. what a beautiful wedding that must have been! beautiful workmanship as well!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 04.56 PMby aubreydawn

    looks so flirty and fun to play in :)

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    Dec 19, 2009, 11.10 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Really beautiful!! Especially the imagination of the big 20s party with lots of these dresses in the unicolors. ;)

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    Dec 19, 2009, 10.19 AMby jays

    thats so beautiful and really special.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 09.25 AMby elisana

    wow! I want to wear it!!!!! beautiful dress, beautiful fabric

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    Dec 19, 2009, 09.00 AMby nenasew

    Wow. Its really gorgeous. Love the color palette specially.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 03.11 AMby judeb

    Its lovely, and love the history that goes with it. do you have photos of the original aswell?

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      Dec 19, 2009, 12.23 PMby be-bops1

      Yes, I do on my older laptop. The family also found a photo of the ORIGINAL wedding party, and someone remembered how the color scheme worked.(the pic was all sepia color) I did ask that they scan and email a copy but they haven’t. That’s where we saw the tie on train. I was suspecting something to tie on, but they just nailed it..

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    Dec 19, 2009, 03.10 AMby Ashlee Nemo

    FABULOUS… all the pics are showing up fine now :)

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    Dec 19, 2009, 01.51 AMby be-bops1

    are the pics showing up okay? Just checking.

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