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Lavender bridesmaid

Added Aug 4, 2010

by laurwyn

Tilburg, Netherl...






Long time no see!!!

Now you’ll understand! For my best friend’s wedding, I offered (silly me) to sew both bridesmaid dresses: one for me (size 50), one for her sister (size 34), a looong split ;) And it took me ages! We went through a process…

1) Choosing the pattern… I brought my Burdas and we explored the possibilities. We all fell in love with the pattern 120 from july 2010. Weirdly, it hasn’t been uploaded with the other ones of that month…

2) Choosing the color… For her wedding, Anne wanted to use ivory and lavender as the theme was Provencal wines: YUM!

3) Getting the fabric… Burda recommended linen tricot for the lining AND Chiffon for the draping. It took us a whole day and four fabric shops to find our happiness. Well, the fabric was a tad bit expensive, but this time, I wasn’t the one with the wallet ;)

4) Making a tryout dress for both bridesmaid… With cheap cheap fabric. I actually made those by hand while watching the world cup with the old people of our building (and in the Netherlands, let me tell you, it was CRAZY). What was cute is that the old ladies all came to me to see what I was doing!

5) Altering the tryout dresses… As usual, I had to make mine a tad wider, and to my surprise, the second (for the second bridesmaid) was too big, it ended up with almost a 32 size fit!

6) Cutting… What a holy moment, it took me a few days to dare cutting in the expensive fabric, and then, i got over it…

7) Sewing… And sewing and sewing and sewing… I wanted it to be perfect, especially with that wonder of a fabric

8) Try out… On me, it was easy, but on the sister, I could only do it 3 days before the wedding, and I panicked when she listed the things that weren’t good for her… Aaargh!

9) Corrections and finishing touches… Until one hour before we got in the church :s

Also, I forgot to mention that the last days, I had to sew at my grand ma’s, a retired seamstress… And she kept on watching and watching, and telling me what to do, or not do… But in the end, she did hand sew the seam of both dresses in a way I could never have…

We took the pictures on my balcony, as the wedding went by (with success) and we forgot to take pictures :S

As I repeated at least 50 times since I started this project, Now, I do a few EASY things! Like the Anda dress…

Material Notes

Draping: dark lavender Chiffon
Lining: linen tricot in light lavender
Invisible zipper, in light lavender too…




Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic
Chiffon, Knits/Jersey

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    Sep 29, 2010, 05.48 PMby leeloe

    Nice work! .. I throw myself at this project today, and lost my nerves :( .. Since here in Croatia I can buy only german version of a magazine, and I don’t speak or read german at all, i don’t know how to put this dress together :( .. so frustrating, I guess I’ll have to improvise a lot on this one. and it’s such a beautiful dress. I like the colour of yours :)

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    Sep 11, 2010, 08.56 AMby Sanne K. Astrid

    Echt mooi, die kleur staat je goed. :) nice work :)

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    Aug 10, 2010, 04.27 PMby schnuff

    This is great! When I saw the pattern in Burda Style Magazin, I decided to use it, too, but haven’t yet. Now I definitely HAVE TO use it :) Hope it’ll become at least nearly as good as yours ;)

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      Aug 13, 2010, 11.46 PMby laurwyn

      Thank you! I might use it again for a evening dress…

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    Aug 5, 2010, 07.08 PMby smallone

    lovely, lovely, lovely!…all that effort really paid off…beautiful! …. and lavender really suites you….and you know this doesn’t necessarily look “bridesmaid-y” so you’ll get more than just one wear for all your efforts!

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      Aug 5, 2010, 09.11 PMby laurwyn

      Thank you! I actually love the pattern too, i might use it again!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 09.07 AMby flowergirl22

    dont put yourself down,, next time just delicate it to another lost soul,, but I have to say,, great job. nice fabric,,

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      Aug 5, 2010, 03.38 PMby laurwyn

      Thank you! The worst thing is that I promised my man to do something for him too :S

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    Aug 5, 2010, 08.00 AMby hdk100

    I’m definitely with you on step #6! HA! I understand the fear of cutting sg expensive, especially for someone else! It was worth it! You chose everything right: fabric, color, pattern. Congratulations!

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      Aug 5, 2010, 03.36 PMby laurwyn

      I am going to go through the same step as I want to make a coat, and coat fabric is not free either…

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    Aug 5, 2010, 03.33 AMby rifka

    Oh my, you look beautiful! You couldn’t of picked a more flattering style. Very elegant.

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      Aug 5, 2010, 07.54 AMby laurwyn

      Thank you, I like the end result too, pretty proud ;)

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    Aug 5, 2010, 01.48 AMby caramia-made

    What an absolutely beautiful dress! I love the detail on the bust….. (I was also rooting for the Netherlands too as my hubby’s cousins are Dutch hee hee hee!)

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      Aug 5, 2010, 07.53 AMby laurwyn

      Thank you! Dutch people are everywhere :)

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    Aug 4, 2010, 09.41 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    wow. i’m in awe. you did and awesome job. the fabric is so pretty!!! i was rooting for netherlands too :-(

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      Aug 4, 2010, 09.51 PMby laurwyn

      And you should see the other fabrics that were in the shop, i could have spent thousands!

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    Aug 4, 2010, 09.20 PMby Delightful Bina

    This looks gorgeous on you! What a great job you did! _ Congrats! xx

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    Aug 4, 2010, 08.33 PMby lienepien

    Very nice! I like the colour! And all the hard work! At least you did not miss the world cup! ;)

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      Aug 4, 2010, 08.42 PMby laurwyn

      Thank you! And hup hup Nederland (even if I come from Belgium…)

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    Aug 4, 2010, 08.27 PMby jem1022

    Loving this lavender on you. And yet it looks so simple but it probably was difficult to make with the chiffon…

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    Aug 4, 2010, 08.08 PMby tamezdc

    It looks nice on you. Good job! Now you can do anything you want to, after having gone through so much with this project.

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      Aug 4, 2010, 08.12 PMby laurwyn

      Yep, Here I come, winter jackets! Mouahahahaha!

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    Aug 4, 2010, 07.49 PMby iroiro

    Wow congratulations on finishing such a special project – it looks lovely. I understand the responsibility you feel when sewing for someone else, but it looks like it turned out great :)

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      Aug 4, 2010, 07.52 PMby laurwyn

      Thank you! I understood that it was so much easier to sew for myself! In the end, her dress was better finished then mine…

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    Aug 4, 2010, 07.47 PMby kihli

    Wow, that sounds a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it! You look lovely in the dress, would be nice to see a picture of you both in your dresses!

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      Aug 4, 2010, 07.51 PMby laurwyn

      That is the plan, I will add it when I get them from the official photographer… We look like two different scales of the same dress, a bit weird ;)

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