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The Two Weddings Dress

Added Jun 20, 2011

by tamalicious16

Massachusetts, U...






Two weddings in a day… no problem! Made this dress from stretch satin, and I made it reversible! I wore the pink side to the first wedding and the teal side to the second.

The pattern really requires four way stretch fabric, and it runs huge. I first made a dress out of rib knit, and I had to take out 12 inches (not even exaggerating), which means the front and back middle doesn’t really fit right. Knowing this fabric was less stretchy, I only took out ~6-8 inches, but I think I took out a little too much. The front piece is a C shape, and when it’s gathered, there’s no stretch just under the bust. I definitely require a lot of help to get in and out of it.

Moral of the story—if you’re going to do this dress in stretch satin, add a zipper.

Here’s the blog post on this dress!

Material Notes

Stretch satin



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic

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    Jun 21, 2011, 06.35 AMby mixtlii

    So funny! A great idea, and the dress look fantastic!

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    Jun 20, 2011, 07.52 PMby bjr99

    Beautiful dress/dresses! What a great idea!

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    Jun 20, 2011, 07.03 PMby lienepien

    Great dress! Two weddings, two colors 1 dress, good Idea to make a reversible dress!

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    Jun 20, 2011, 03.43 PMby aleah

    AHhhhmazing. Reversible garments are just… cool.

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    Jun 20, 2011, 03.19 PMby secondbedroom

    This is absolutely brilliant. I have 3 weddings in August this year… I’m tempted to try this!

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    Jun 20, 2011, 02.45 PMby nellyvdb

    That is an awesome idea, a reversible dress, wow, how clever, and you looked great in both views :)

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    Jun 20, 2011, 02.36 PMby tamalicious16

    Assuming the jersey is pretty stretchy, I would take ~1inch out of the middle, then cut the rest according to the pattern. Then, once you have it all put together and are ready to sew the side seams, pin it on yourself to see if you should take out more. The thing with ruching like this is that pulled totally tight, it doesn’t work, so you might have to experiment. You’ll probably be safe to take out mostly from the sides, so you can do that all at the end, but if it runs as big as mine did, the middle will gape if you don’t take out a little from there. My measurements put me at a size 37, though usually I have to go down to a 35-36 on these patterns. I cut a 37 (between 36-38), but I definitely had to take out a lot more than usual.

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      Jun 22, 2011, 11.25 AMby hdk100

      Thank you for your advice. Even though I saw it a little late: I assembled the dress last night… At least now I know I didn’t screw up, you are right: it gapes at the front. I’ll correct it and post. Thanks again!!! :)

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    Jun 20, 2011, 02.07 PMby hdk100

    At first I was about to say just WOW! Then I read your lines and got scared: I’m just planning on making it in cotton jersey. So what now? Any ideas what to watch before cutting? Anyway: your dress looks wonderful and the reversibility is a huge idea! :)

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