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I finished sewing Sara’s short version of her wedding dress (which is actually a dress she can wear later) and it turned out great, if I do so say so myself.  The real test was when I took it up to Virginia for her to try it on.  I had not hemmed it and it still needed a button on the overlay but when she tried it on and I saw her expression, I knew it was a hit with her as well.  Have I mentioned I love sewing dresses when this is the reaction I get.

Now that we had the bodice pattern figured out, we set out to get the rest of the fabric.  We ended up ordering the overlay and having it shipped but got the rest of the dress fabric during my trip.  The next post will be about getting started on the real deal.


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Just a quick update on the status of Sara’s simple wedding dress.  Sara made a second trip to the bridal store to try on a dress I found online.  This dress had the sheer overlay for the split front skirt that Sara had mentioned she had in mind.  After trying on the dress, she decided she did not want the sheer overlay.  She liked the cap sleeves but they did not stay up on her shoulders when she tried on this dress.  She decided she wants the cap sleeves that stay up on the shoulder but made out of the satin with the embroidery on them.  Here is a picture of simple wedding dress 5 (David’s Bridal Style V9010).

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Sara and Maria (Sara’s Maid of Honor) called and we set up a video conference using Skype to discuss the style of Sara’s simple wedding dress.  If you’ve never heard of Skype, it is a program you download and then you are able to chat, call or video call other people that also have Skype for free.  (You can learn more about it here.)  It was so easy to do, it made me wonder why we don’t communicate through these video conferences more often.  Okay, enough about the wonders of technology, on with the show.

We talked about what she liked about each of the three dresses she sent the pictures of.  If you missed the post with the pictures, you can find it here.  Dress number 1 has the most features of the dress she wants.  She loves the embroidery on it, which I’m not sure I will be able to master before making her dress, especially since I don’t even own an embroidery sewing machine yet.  But we decided that either I will be able to do it when the times comes or we will hire that part out.  She also liked the overall style of the dress especially the split front skirt. 

Dress number 2 she like the sheer fabric overlay but is not sure about the front split skirt is part.  She does not want the train made of sheer fabric and is concerned that it would look funny to have the front sheer and the back not. 

Dress number 3 has sleeves and she tells me what she really wants are caplet sleeves or maybe even small straps instead of the dress being strapless. 

While we are still on the call, we found a couple more dresses online and sent the links back and forth so we could see what we were talking about.  The other thing Sara wants as part of her simple wedding dress is for the back to lace up instead of having a zipper or buttons, similar to a corset.  We found the back of dress number 4 similar to what she wants, although she does not want the fabric to gather in the back.  We discuss just leaving out the zipper and adding fabric to overlap enough for her to get it on and still lay flat. Here is dress number 4.


Now that I have an idea of what she wants, the next step will be sewing a dress or a muslin sample of the top part of the dress.  This will make sure the features Sara wants will work and she can see those features to make sure we are on the same page with exactly how she wants the top part.  As the seamstress, I will be going to David’s Bridal to look at dress number 1 and then to find a pattern I can use as a base for Sara’s simple wedding dress.


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Step number one to making a simple wedding dress is for the bride to find a style she likes.  Sara and her bride’s maid, Maria, went in search for the style of dress that looks best on her.  They went to David’s Bridal and tried on a few dresses.  They photographed Sara in the dresses she liked and emailed them to me.  They are, of course, all beautiful but she wants to combine the things she likes about each one into one dress.  We are planning a video conference call so she can explain in detail what she has in mind.  I can’t wait to hear what she has in mind for her “simple wedding dress”. I’m sure glad I like to sew dresses because it looks like I may have to get creative to pull this off.  Here are the dresses she liked.


Can you tell from her expression, this is pretty much the dress she wants?  It has embroidery on the bodice, on the overlay and at the bottom.  I guess that means I will need to get that embroidery sewing machine I have been wanting.

This is dress number 2.

This is dress number 3.

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A friend of mine and I were discussing how to sew a dress for an upcoming semi-formal dance she was attending.  She was concerned about finding one that she would look good in and still be comfortable.  One of the things we talked about was how important the style of dress is in relation to her preferences and body style.  We talked about looking at sewing patterns from wedding dress patterns to plus size prom dresses to get some ideas.  She wears plus size dresses and prefers to wear modest dresses.  We talked about vintage dresses or how to alter some of the more revealing formal dress patterns to make her more comfortable.  After looking through many sewing patterns she, in the end, decided to go with this Vogue pattern (number V1014).  We both thought the dress style would look great on her and it looks like it would be comfortable too.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.


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I've been sewing since I was a child (a long, long time ago) and recently my daughter showed an interest in making something special. Bringing out the sewing machine always makes me wonder why I ever put it away. I really enjoy sewing and creating things to wear and look forward to sharing all the tips and tricks I use to help make things fit and flatter me when I sew dresses and anything else.