How many times have you gone shopping for that special dress and instead of finding the perfect dress, you find multiple dresses wishing you could blend them all into one.
Meet Lisa (then) bride-to-be that faced this dilemma.
When we met in May, she brought over several white dresses. Each dress had a feature she wanted, such as fabric, gathered skirt, skirt length, etc. But none of them were quite what she was looking for. Lisa wasn’t looking for anything over the top. In fact, her design was quite simple. She wanted a fitted bodice, gathered skirt, and modest neckline and hem. And as strange as it might seem, it’s tough to find these simple & chic dresses made with fine fabrics in stores.
We proceeded to design the dress and choose the fabric!
I likely overwhelmed Lisa when I eagerly showed her all my fabric swatches and samples! 🙂
After discussing the different options, Lisa chose a blush silk & wool fabric. This fabric was an expensive choice, but oh so beautiful!
It is special to order a custom-made garment for one’s self, but it is even more unique when it’s sewn with beautiful fabrics. (Fabrics rarely found in retail stores.) So when I’m making a custom-made garment, I suggest that the customer opt for the unusual.
From the measurements I took of Lisa during our first meeting, I created a custom (self drafted) dress pattern.
Below is a photo of her first (and only) muslin mock-up. The mock-up fit well, but we chose to make some adjustments. I took in the under bust at the front darts, moved the shoulder seams forward, straightened the side seams, marked the neckline (front and back), and loosened the armholes.
Originally, I was not going to line the skirt. (One of the reasons why Lisa chose the silk/wool was that the skirt wouldn’t need lining.) After sewing and gathering the skirt piece, I wrapped the skirt around my waist to see how the gathering looked. As I did this, I could see the darkened side seams when the sun shined through the skirt. The skirt wasn’t transparent, but it was light enough to see the seam edges. This doesn’t ‘seam’ (pun intended) like a big deal, but it is if it’s distracting. (And it was distracting to me!) As a result, I serged the skirt seams and lined the skirt with a silk/cotton fabric.
I lined the top with the blush silk & wool fabric and a cream-colored silk charmeuse.
Lisa asked if I would add extra fabric to the side seams, back seams, and hem, so that she could make adjustments to the dress if her sister wanted to wear the dress in the future.
Again, I pulled out the button stash my friend gave me! This time I searched for the right button for the back of Lisa’s dress.
We ended up choosing a simple pearl button.
Here’s a photo from Lisa’s final fitting! Everything fit well and all I needed to do was hem the dress!
Not only is this blush color very pretty, but Lisa could easily wear the dress again to another wedding or work related events.
If worn with other accessories, the fabric looks more pink than beige.
Rehearsal photos taken by Photography by Anastassia! Thanks Tess!
Thank you & congrats Lisa and Jake!