Welcome to Wedding Wednesday, first in a multi part series on the DIY involved in Mr. 5 and my nuptials. I already shared my bridal shower dress back in March, so next on the list would be my bachelorette dress!
It’s a little tame, I admit, but I wanted easy peasy to sew and wear, and I found both of those things in Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater dress, which I acquired with the first Perfect Pattern Parcel (such a great idea! Parcel #6 is up now and is available for sale for a couple more days, too. NAYY).
I know, I know: I am a little late to the party, but it seems that I’m always fashionably late to try out patterns that everyone and their mother have sewn up.
I knew I wanted to make a wearable muslin before I went all out on this fancy sequined knit, which I acquired at no other place than Fabric Mart (of course), so I made this 3/4 sleeved version out of the most hideously misbehaving polyester knit ever:
And, we’ll be honest, not the most sophisticated print, either. I had this in TWO colorways and gave both away immediately after completing this dress.
The test garment told me that fit was pretty good, but I swear I thought the waist was too long and I shortened the bodice and did a swayback.
However, the bodice looks shorter in the blue dress than the black in these photos. WTF? I really need to start writing notes down if I’m going to take seven months to blog something.
However, you’ll notice I still have quite a bit of lower back pooling in the bachelorette dress. I *think* I applied a swayback to the pattern, but, like I said, it’s been a while and I really have no freakin’ clue.
The one thing I know for a fact that I lengthened the skirt of my bachelorette skater by an inch or two: I ain’t no hussy.
I cut a 4 in the upper body, and a 3 in the waist and skirt. This worked pretty well for both of these skaters, but I had a bit of a sleeve issue in my third, which I’ll tell you about later. I didn’t take these photos until last week and feel that the dress is a bit tight at my current weight. LOL. If I were to make it again, I might make a straight 4 (or between a 3 and a 4 for the waist).
I put the elastic in the waist of the test garment, as directed, but left it out of my black dress. NOT A FAN. Too restricting. Perhaps these will stretch out over time, but that’s OK if it means I’m comfortable while wearing them. Just another argument for using a firm knit.
Back to this black sequined knit: It’s a mesh knit that is a bit translucent, but not so much that can see anything but light through it. To combat against any potential show-through, I wore a black cami and undies. I know the “proper” thing would be to wear nude colored of both, but I don’t own a nude colored cami. In all honesty, I should have underlined the whole thing, for the sake of modesty and comfort.
Damn, why do I seem to need to be so comfortable all of the time? This is why I’ve worn “old lady” shoes since I was 18, people. Don’t fuck around with comfort, because comfort = happiness.
Anywho, back to the fabric…when working with a sequined fabric, it’s common practice to remove the sequins from the seam allowance. I did not do this. Partially because I’m lazy, and partially because the sequins are so small that they don’t stick out too much from the seams. BUT, as I mentioned, underlining would have helped with the itchiness of the sequined seam allowances and the stitching of the sequins.
I used a random stashed black ponte knit for the sleeve and armbands.
Overall, I am very happy with how this dress turned out. The only thing that I feel is a bit odd is the way the front waistline dips. I don’t feel that it’s very flattering or necessary. Does this bother anyone else?
And…we’ll end with the only picture of me that I know exists from the party…this was taken at the sushi place we had dinner (mmm…volcano roll…)
We had an awesome time eating sushi, hitting the comedy club, and a-drinkin’. I had such a great time and I’m so thankful for all of my wonderful, supportive friends! :)