Lisa’s Blush Silk Wool Wedding Rehearsal Dress

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.

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

 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!

silk wool fabric samples light blue pink ivory blush

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.

Here is an exam­ple of how much blush silk & wool dresses cost off the rack:  March­esa dress and  Lela Rose dress.

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress lined with silk

Lisa’s Final Draft

Craftsy

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.

how to do a dress mock-up out of muslin

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.

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

I lined the top with the blush silk & wool fab­ric and a cream-colored silk charmeuse.

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

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.

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

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.

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Here’s a photo from Lisa’s final fit­ting! Every­thing fit well and all I needed to do was hem the dress!

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

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.

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Lace bind­ing & extra fab­ric added to the hem

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Night of rehearsal

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining


Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

Inside Out

 

Rehearsal pho­tos taken by Pho­tog­ra­phy by Anas­tas­sia! Thanks Tess!
Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

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Thank you & con­grats Lisa and Jake!

Blush Silk wool wedding rehearsal dinner dress Charmeuse Lining

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