Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday! Last week I shared my Bachelorette Party Dress and now it’s on to the rehearsal…
I’ll be honest, I did not make this dress for our wedding rehearsal. I intended to make a dress, but ran out of time. I am nothing if not a procrastinator.
This dress is also known as my 31st Birthday Dress! I polled you guys to decide what I should make with this absolutely luscious silk twill, and took your advice, but then never shared the result. So, this is also sort of a TBT post a day early.
This pattern fit pretty well right off the bat. The weird part was that I made it in a size 10 (with D cup); I haven’t been less than a 12-14 in a woven garment since I started sewing again hardcore about three years ago. So, that is very strange to me, but made sense when reviewing the finished garment measurements (thank God they were on the tissue at all; I really hate it when they aren’t included, which is often).
The only things I changed (that I remember – I finished this dress over 9 months ago) were the curve of the bust, to accommodate my LFB (Low, full bust). Seriously, the girls have never been perky. I also adjusted the length, since I always have to shorten EVERYTHING. It’s also possible I shortened some part of the bodice or midriff piece, but my guess is as good as yours, since I don’t seem to write anything down.
As mentioned, I made the dress out of a glorious silk twill from FabricMart. If I run across silk twill there again, even wild horses will not keep me from buying more. SO DELICIOUS.
It was maybe not the best choice for this dress, because of all of the pieces and structure; hings do look a little wonky here and there and perhaps following the top stitching suggestion was a bad move on a fabric that shows every lump and bump. My dry skin catches and causes pulls on the fabric (sob!), but I still would buy more because it makes me happy.
I had intended to make the dress with a cap sleeve, but after hemming them, I realized the sleeves would not behave well or look good on the dress. I always cut on a rotary mat to help prevent distortion, but I still noticed some after cutting this dress out. If I tried a sleeve over again in slight slinky fabric such as this, I would cut 2 pieces for each and make it a self lined sleeve situation.
I lined it with lavender silk/cotton Elegance that I picked up at Martha Pullen for a song at their “sidewalk” sale a couple of Summers ago. I really love this stuff for lining fancy dresses. It’s so smooth and soft, it really makes wearing the dress that much more of a pleasure.
All in all, I really love this dress. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfectly lovely to me.