InstructionsThe bridesmaid dresses were made from a pattern I created through both draping and flat pattern making. The bodice is strapless with a bias contrast binding. The skirt has double box pleating and, much to the thrill of my bridesmaids, pockets!! :) I would love to share a pattern, but as many of you know, a strapless pattern really needs to be custom for most body shapes to get the proper fit.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Formal / Bridal, Retro / Vintage, Romantic, Classic, Traditional, Whimsical
I used Silk Faille for the bridesmaid dresses in two colors; soft pink for self, and a pewter grey for binding at the neckline.
What was your inspiration?
I have been sewing my whole life and making the bridesmaid dresses was an obvious DIY project for me. I knew what I wanted and hated the idea of shopping for them when I knew what I had in mind. Also, I choose to do the pleated skirt because my dress had a similar pleated look to the skirt.
What are you most proud of?
I managed to make and fit the bridesmaid dresses while living 800 miles from two of the girls! :) We had to do fittings over holiday weekends when we were able to see each other. Making clothing without having a body to fit it on was hard. I am glad it all came together. They deserve a lot of credit for indulging me (they are the best!).
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make sure you have a space to work when dealing with quality materials. The last thing you want is to be cutting silk on the floor because you don't have a table large enough. Oh, and you need to be just a little crazy to make your bridesmaid dresses... and be planning a wedding at the same time. I was, but it worked out. :)