Fall Wedding Dress

PatternKwik Sew's Misses' Dresses 3778 (for one shoulder) + McCall's Misses' Tops M6164 (for fit) + Vogue's Misses' Dress V1162 (for ruched detail)
Fabric: patterned mesh (shell), rayon/lyca blend (lining)
Cost: $6 (mess for $2.50/yd + rayon/lycra for $3/yd)

My cousin's getting married at the beginning of October and I needed something to wear. Like my trip out in SF, my sewing lately has been marked by my lack of wardrobe options for special events. And so, I busted out the same one-shoulder dress pattern and some fabric that had been collecting dust on the shelf and got to work, this time with some modifications.

On the first dress, the sizing was waaay too big for me, and I had to take it in a ton. For this dress, I substituted in the shaping of my McCall's top, which fits nicely over my waist and hips. I still ended up having to take it in at the bust a bit, but hey, no pattern really seems to account for my small bust size. Finally, I removed all the flare from the bottom of the dress so that it fits nice and snug at the legs. The beautiful stretch of the fabrics makes it soft and supple, and so that it doesn't feel too tight.

Because the shell fabric for the dress is so nice and drapey, I wanted to really work with that aspect. I used the ruching pattern of my Vogue dress pattern to give the dress some nice detail. I also made the strap of the shell fabric wider than that of the lining to give it a bit of drape there, but this had a less dramatic effect. The outer fabric was then sewn to the lining, which fits tight without any draping.

For the hem, I wanted the bottom of the dress to drape nicely. So before I even sewed the shell fabric to the lining, a hemmed it, sewing both layers of fabric under and attaching them only to the lining. The result is that on the inside you see the single line of stitches across, but on the outside you don't see any stitches at all. I then sewed the shell fabric to the lining before sewing it together at the side seams.

The look of the two fabrics together was so nice that I wanted to make sure to finish the side seams in a nice way as well. On the inside of the dress, I did two self-bound seams. This was possible because there were four layers of fabric, so I could use the shell fabric to bind the lining. It was a little sloppy at times, but after ironing it out it was ok.

Overall, the dress came out great. It is soft and comfy with just the right amount of detail, and in great fall colors that would go with a lot of shoes sweaters. And the best part? It cost less than $6!

You can read my review of this pattern at PatternReviews.com.

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1 comment:

  1. Okay, yea, weird. The dresses ARE very, very similar. Weird.


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