Tuesday, 15 February 2011

February's Dress - Wedding Belle

So having made a reasonably successful toile I felt confident that I could make something fabulous, or at least wearable, for my friend's wedding.

Dupion silk is good stuff! It's nothing like it's slippery cousin and behaves perfectly nicely. Everything took shape quickly and easily. I did however run into a few problems, but these were all due to my own incompetence.

- My gung-ho "Just bung a zip in the back plan" wasn't entirely successful and I needed to tack down a bit of the neck by hand to make it look less weird.
- My lazy hemming - it looked fine from the outside, but I was worried that someone might examine it closely and realise that I just folded it and machine stitched it - badly.
- The bow was tacked on wonky, I did this when I was off sick from work, so it's no great surprise that I wasn't really feeling up to trying the whole thing on and making sure that it was right. That'll teach me, I ended up on my hands and knees with a pair of nail scissors and a hotel sewing kit, 15 minutes before the cab was due to arrive, mending the damn thing!

Here is the end result, I forgot to get any pictures until we got home, so it’s perhaps a little more creased than it was when we first set off!


I 'frankensteined' the pattern by adding this ribbon bow from Vogue 7171, rather than the side-fastening one made from fabric that came with the pattern. End result much the same I’d have thought.



  1. Very nicely done. One question... Is that a halo you have? Or is that a design on the door behind you? If it is an accident, it is kinda cool because it lined up perfectly to make it seem like it was part of your hairstyle.

  2. Looks great! I often resort to machine-stitching hems too.

  3. Its lovely!! The design really suits you!

  4. You did an amazing job! Love the color! Yes, girl you can sew, I know I felt the same way when I started sewing, that I couldn't do it, but here's the proof, and lovely proof it is!!

  5. Your dress is beautiful...well done!!

  6. Lovely dress, I love the color, you did a great job.

  7. Love the dress! The ribbon bow is the perfect touch.

  8. Love that dress, the color chosen to model it completely flattering. Great!