Last year the lovely Leisl from Jorth and Nichola from Handmaker's Factory put on a special night called 'The Dressmaker's Ball'.
The evening was a fabulous get-together for seamstresses alike to wine, dine and make merry while wearing beautiful frocks that they had made themselves.
Of course I used the opportunity to get dramatic ... and make what is basically a wedding dress.
The bodice is made up of the most beautiful guipure lace that I purchased from Tessuti Fabric years ago and had saved for something special.
It has such a beautiful pattern that is a little different to the typical 'floral' pattern that a lot of laces feature. But the best part is the selvages! It has two different finishes; a beautiful scallop on one side, and a delicate fringe of lace on the other.
The skirt and the underlining of the bodice is made from a drape-y polyester/wool that I purchased from The Fabric Store which just seemed to match the style and the colour of the lace perfectly.
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The bodice is one of my own designs, with a lace back, and an underlined lace bodice front.
The skirt is Vogue 2931 from the waist down and fully lined. I've used the pattern before for the skirt of this dress:
The princess seams of the skirt add a flattering silhouette, while the low lace back and front adds drama and a little bit of sexiness.
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The seams of the bodice and lace are finished with bias binding. The dress is closed down the centre back with an invisible zipper
I added the long delicate fringe edge of the fabric along the waistline for a soft, dreamy look, which helps create a flow from the bodice to the skirt.
This dress turned out just how I hoped and I love the dreamy, bohemian feel of it.
I got married back in 2011 just after my two year sewing anniversary. At the time my sewing was still pretty green so I purchased a wedding dress and made a dress for dancing in at the reception. Our wedding dance was a salsa routine so there was no dancing in a full length wedding gown!
Though I loved my wedding dress, there was a little part of me that was sad that it wasn't made by me. It's like a rite of passage for seamstresses and usually the most special dress you get to make. I was still pretty new to sewing then and hadn't yet developed my style, so it was probably a good thing I didn't make my dress! This dress is in a way my redemption wedding dress, five years later.