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Bridesmaid's outfit and bridal bolero

Added Feb 3, 2013

by alicewang

Surrey, United K...






I made the bridesmaid’s outfit for myself, and a matching bolero for the lovely bride who is my mother-in-law.

The colour scheme is purple, so I made the BM dress with a thick crepe backed satin in purple, with the same fabric in lilac for the contrast bodice, using Butterick 5457. I made a few changes to the pattern, including adding a waist stay, doing a handpicked zipper, a pleated rather than gathered skirt, and redrafting the lining pieces.

The boleros are based on Butterick 4731, which were simple yet elegant.

For pattern reviews and more information and photos, please visit my blog

Material Notes

crepe backed satin, viscose lining, spiral steel




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic

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    Feb 9, 2013, 09.08 AMby freakusbzzz

    Really elegant and beautifully made.

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      Feb 10, 2013, 06.19 PMby alicewang

      Thank you very much!

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    Feb 6, 2013, 08.06 PMby Anna E

    you made yourself a beautiful outfit. Well done!

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      Feb 7, 2013, 03.22 PMby alicewang

      Thank you :)

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    Feb 6, 2013, 03.09 AMby neveenkarnes

    well done the dress is amazing and love the colors. you look beautiful!!!

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      Feb 6, 2013, 10.32 AMby alicewang

      Thank you :)

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    Feb 4, 2013, 07.55 PMby sala22

    Wow this looks very professional!

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      Feb 4, 2013, 08.03 PMby alicewang

      Thank you very much!

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    Feb 4, 2013, 03.22 PMby cathysews

    You look fabulous…..a great dress

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      Feb 4, 2013, 07.36 PMby alicewang

      Thank you :)

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    Feb 4, 2013, 06.51 AMby peipe

    Impressive. I like the dress and the colour and the matching bolero goes perfect with it. A BIG compliment from my side!

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      Feb 4, 2013, 07.36 PMby alicewang

      Thank you for your kind words. I like the contrast colours too :)

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    Feb 3, 2013, 09.51 PMby 2bfabulous

    Very pretty. I like the changes you have made to the pattern. Your dress looks better than the actual pattern picture. The jacket is a great asset to the dress. Your entire outfit is fabulous!

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      Feb 4, 2013, 07.37 PMby alicewang

      Thank you very much. I found that the pattern needed quite a lot of changes to make it work, and I’m glad you liked the changes.

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    Feb 3, 2013, 09.30 PMby ariation

    Very nice………and the colour is lovely!

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      Feb 4, 2013, 07.38 PMby alicewang

      Thank you!

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