Monday, May 27, 2013

The Wedding Guest Dress

The Boyfriend's sister got married in Mexico at the end of October and I decided to make my dress to wear to the wedding.  I chose Simplicity 1873 because it was vintage-y and looked pretty simple to construct.  The bride instructed me to only wear certain colors, but I ended up in none of the pictures so it didn't matter either way.  I didn't follow her color instructions, so maybe that's why I wasn't in the photos.  Hahah.  

I chose a vintage cotton blend for the self and a cotton broadcloth for the lining.  I chose to fully line the dress.  I fit the bodice one evening a few days before the wedding and made a few changes.  I had to do a sloping shoulder adjustment, but I forgot to lower the armhole so it is a little snug.  I am super proud of matching the print at the CB.  I only noticed the front hiking after I took these photos!  I know what to fix if I ever make this again.

Look at my pretty hem.  I serged the edge and catchstitched it.  The lining was 3-thread overlocked with a very large SPI so it looks like a satin stitch.

Overall, I'm happy with the dress.  It was freakin' hot in Mexico, and the dress was sweaty, but hopefully I'll never have to wear it in humid weather again.  I need to find a way to style this dress so I can wear it to work.  Suggestions?


  1. Your dress is very beautiful. I love the colorway and the fabric.

  2. Such a gorgeous dress. That fabric is to die for, too bad no one makes fabric like that anymore!!

  3. I just bought this pattern so am very happy to see your version, very pretty!

  4. Your dress has a touch of romantic nostalgia about it - perfect for a wedding and beautifully made.