As you might have noticed reading through my blog, I rarely sew outfits for special occasions like weddings or engagements. That’s because I try to adapt my sewing to my life-style which usually asks for more causal outfits (yes, I run around a lot trying to manage zillion things together, fate of the modern woman…). However, I always wanted to try making an outfit for a special occasion. And a special occasion is now on the horizon. My husband’s lovely niece is getting married in May and so I decided to sew my own dress for this occasion.

I named this post the bridesmaid dress but that’s not totally true. I am not actually going to be a bridesmaid but I will be in the wedding procession in the synagogue. This definitely calls for a special dress in Turkey!

I looked through the internet for inspiration. I could not find exactly what I imagined in my head but I was inspired by the bridesmaid dresses for day weddings. I somehow had to adapt them to the dress that I had in mind though.

The dress itself is not so complicated in terms of its pattern. However, what takes time is the sewing especially the lace. Here is a short list of materials that I needed for this dress.

Fabric: The main body of the dress will be made of what is called “podange” fabric with lycra. Podange is woven fabric that has a bit of a shiny look. It is not a draping fabric and I chose it because I wanted the dress to sit tight. I had light yellow in mind but I ended up with light pink because I could not resist it when I entered the store, oh well 🙂

The top of the dress will have a lace part. I chose a “French lace” for the top part.

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Pattern: I developed the pattern from a close-fitting bodice block adjusted to my size.

Parts of the Dress: The dress basically has two parts that I’ll sew together. Below you can see the top and the skirt part.

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The front part of the skirt.

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The back part of the skirt drafted with a vent.

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Here is the lace top. Sewing the lace was kind of difficult because you have to pin it with many needles. The back side of the lace top will have a little opening on the top.

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Other materials:

I bought an invisible zipper which I’ll use at the side of the dress and bias binding tape for the finishes.

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We’ll see how the dress will turn out!

 

Posted by:mnahmiyaz

An "adventurer" by spirit, I love everything that is handmade with a special focus on sewing and some knitting.

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