Monday, September 20, 2010

Sewing Project: Dress for my daughter's wedding


Blogger readers of the past year might wonder what on earth the name of my blog means because there's been little fabric, thread, or paper posts. And I've missed puttering about with my hands, making something for me to wear or for my home or as a gift. 

Now that the wedding is behind us, I hope to get into a bit of a creative groove. Of course, my "day" job (which pays nothing) as a student still takes priority, but a little time for sewing can be carved out with intention.

So here's the first project - the dress I made for Ashley and Owen's wedding. It's an adaptation of Vogue 1108. I'd read that the off-the-shoulder look was constricting to wear so I recut the bodice (three times) to make an "on-the-shoulder" outfit.


I've been a member of Pattern Review for a long time, but haven't really used that resource as I should. Today I posted my first pattern review over there. It's a step taken with much trepidation as I don't consider myself an expert seamstress and assume everyone else can sew better than I can. Here's a link to the review for any sewing fans out there.

I enjoyed making this dress - it has some interesting construction details, a boned inner foundation, and those pleats. I think it turned it out well and I was happy to wear the dress, made of silk duppioni for the big celebration. 


12 comments:

Vee said...

Talented sewers get to strike off in any direction! I love the concept that one doesn't need to be bound by the pattern and that you turned it into your own. It's a lovely and classic dress and it fits you perfectly! (Another plus of creating your own clothing.)

Trudy Callan said...

This is an amazing dress. Thanks for letting me know.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

nannykim said...

This is such a pretty dress--love the design and the fabric.

Bettyann said...

Lovely lady ..fab dress great job...wish I could sew that well..

Linda said...

I can't believe you made that! Good grief, woman...what can't you do? That is gorgeous!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Great colour...great pattern...lovely job! And it looks wonderful on you.

Pondside said...

What a pretty dress - elegant, deceptively simple-looking. Perfect!

Elizabethd said...

You couldnt have done better. It looks very chic, and I love the fabric.

Eugenia said...

Fabulous dress and it looks beautifully made. I love the gathered bodice - it's very elegant and flattering.

Storybook Woods said...

Wow you sewed the dress? Beautiful. You are very talented. Clarice

Rosie said...

Hello, I am writing from Australia. I read your review about the dress pattern and followed the link to your blog! I have just bought the pattern to make the dress for me to wear to my friend's wedding, but I was wondering whether you found the skirt constricting? I noticed there isn't a pleat/vent in the back for extra walking room. Did you find it an issue?

Lorrie said...

Rosie,

I wasn't able to reply to your comment directly, so I hope you check this again. I did not find the dress constricting to walk in. However, climbing into a high vehicle might mean hiking the skirt up. If the dress were any longer it would be a problem and then I'd probably put in a walking vent. Hope this helps.