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PhD / Wedding Dress

Added Sep 16, 2011

by jannekeweidema

Gouda, Netherlands






I was invited to a PhD ceremony in june (of my brother-in-law). As the big day approached, I realized I needed a new dress, because nothing in my wardrobe was suitable for the occasion. Fortunately, I did have a fabric that was. And even better, I had another invitation for a wedding in august, and both events had not even 1 guest in common. So I could make one dress for 2 celebrations. I found a pattern I liked in Burda 03/2011.

I made a few adjustments to the original pattern. First, I made the dcollet less deep (to ensure it would be decent enough). Furthermore, I did not use lining and finished the neck line and arm holes with a facing. I am very pleased with the result. One drawback of omitting the lining was that the dress clung to my legs. When I decided to buy lining to make an underskirt, the shop-woman advised me to first try to soak the dress in fabric softener. And it worked!

Material Notes

Stretch satin



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Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    Apr 7, 2012, 06.03 PMby prettysewinggirl


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    Mar 1, 2012, 02.54 PMby flowergirl22

    i love the fact,, nothing was in your wardrobe,, great excuse to make a new frock,, great colour sumptuas, fit,, did you have a great time,,?

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      Apr 5, 2012, 12.04 PMby jannekeweidema

      Yes I did, in both celebrations! Thanks.

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    Feb 29, 2012, 03.41 PMby Jolands

    Prachtige jurk, stof en kleur. Staat je fantastisch!

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    Feb 29, 2012, 01.26 PMby joost52

    Beautiful work, looks nice :)

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    Feb 29, 2012, 05.23 AMby Harshani Daniel

    Lovely dress

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    Feb 28, 2012, 10.35 PMby schnui

    Just beautiful!!! And beautifully sewn. Thank-you for the handy tip on fabric conditioner. I never buy fabric conditioner but will do and use on my clingy silk dress that I made recently.

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      Feb 29, 2012, 09.34 AMby jannekeweidema

      I found it a bit of a risk to use the fabric softener, but it really worked. Great solution if you don’t want to wear an underskirt or stockings.

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    Feb 28, 2012, 07.41 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    i have this pattern and been dreaming about sewing it for a while now, but the large amount of fabric needed (according to the magazine descriptions) and the whole lining issue has been stopping me from start it. Now, watching your version, it looks so great and with no lining included i think you have given me the kick i needed to start!!!

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      Feb 29, 2012, 09.32 AMby jannekeweidema

      That is great to hear! I think I would have felt the same, only in my case I already had the fabric and then I found this pattern, so I really wanted to make it work with the amount of fabric I had. And it did. Good luck!

      PS. I used 1,30m of fabric to be precise, for a size 36.

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    Feb 28, 2012, 07.35 PMby carolientje

    very nice :-)

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    Feb 28, 2012, 06.43 PMby hajnika

    Wow! It’s very beautiful! I love the colour too.

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    Feb 28, 2012, 01.29 PMby Jelena Mitic


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    Feb 28, 2012, 12.22 PMby bohemiannow

    It’s lovely! Well done! I’ve been meaning to make this for my mother one day. Congrats for your PhD! Doesn’t if feel amazing sewing for such occasions?

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      Feb 29, 2012, 09.28 AMby jannekeweidema

      It does! Especially since in both occasions it concerned people important to me and so I was part of the so called inner circle: sister-in-law of the PhD candidate, and masters of ceremony of my friend’s wedding. As masters of ceremony you are in the spotlight all day so it feels really good to wear a homemade dress. Thank you for the compliments!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 12.06 PMby Nickiejc

    Until I saw your dress I was irrationally prejudiced against ruched and satinny dresses….yours is both and yet it is lovely. It suits your slender frame perfectly. Handy tip re fabric conditioner, thanks, static is never good!

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      Feb 29, 2012, 09.37 AMby jannekeweidema

      Thanks! Does this mean that you might make something ruched or satinny yourself in the future?

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      Feb 29, 2012, 08.59 PMby Nickiejc

      Well, probably not, mainly because I don’t expect to have many occassions to wear both ruched and satinny…but I may well make something ruched or satinny…baby steps!! Doesn’t stop me admiring yours though! :D

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