This dress is in three parts. Part one - the petticoat.
Part Two - the satin under-dress. The pattern is Simplicity 1194. I made it in ivory with a am showing it here with a champagne sash.
- I added an inch to the bodice and made it longer. My torso must be long because I find myself doing this to a lot of patterns.
- I took off the straps and made it strapless.
- I made it fully self-lined instead of using facings. I don't usually like using facings and seem to find ways to avoid them.
- I added boning and some light-weight interfacing layer to the inside.
|Inside of the dress|
Vogue 8943 and Simplicity 8470. For the skirt, I wanted to avoid pleats and gathers and love the look of a circle skirt. But to be able to use the edge on the lace, I had to cut the skirt in panels. I did use the Simplicity 8470, but then added a couple of inches on either side toward the hem of each panel for a fuller skirt.
I made three changes to the bodice of Vogue 8943 - once is that I added an inch to it (shown in red below). In the past, I have been known to ignore the "lengthen or shorten here" directions and just adding more to the bottom of the piece. But on this, I even followed instructions.
I also shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length and changed the back of the bodice to a V shape instead of ending at the neckline.
|Inside of lace dress|
I ended up cutting the edge off of leftover lace and attached it all around the neckline - front and back right up until the zipper. You don't end up seeing the stitches of the ivory thread to sew it on - it all gets lost in the lace.
I am sure there are other ways to get it done, but I was at a loss. I spent a lot of time Googling and looking at lace wedding dress backs, but didn't find much. I even made a trip to a bridal shop to look at their dresses. In the end, this looked nice against the satin under-dress.
Here are the facts:
- $200.00 - Satin and lace fabric from SAS Fabrics in Phoenix. ($30/yard for the lace which feels like a steal compared to prices I have seen online for lace)
- $30.00 - Fabric for three prototype dresses at $1/yard, also from SAS Fabrics
- $10.00 - Tulle for petticoat from JoAnns.
- $10.00 - Upcycled petticoat from a thrift store.
- $10.00 - Satin for sash (not yet blogged about)
- $10.00 - Tulle for veil (not yet blogged about)
It wasn't necessarily the cheapest option. I am sure I could have found a dress on sale at some bridal shop for less money, but I am glad I made mine.
Thanks for reading!
Beautiful dress and very well made! Thank you for these construction détails, it's always interesting to see the making of the finished garment. Congratulations on your wedding, you looked lovely!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much. I was winging it... and worried it wouldn't come together.Delete
Your dress is so lovely! I know you were proud to wear your 'own' dress on your special day. Thanks for sharing your process with us.ReplyDelete
You look absolutely beautiful! Congrats on your marriage and to making your dress!ReplyDelete
This is just so unbelievably beautiful ... The construction details are amazing, but that picture with the veil...wow...ReplyDelete
I like that photo, too. Thanks for commenting.Delete