Proud as a peacock: Mother of the Bride

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Getting the fit right: this took a duct tape dummy, a sewing buddy, many tears of frustration, and perseverance...I am NOT an easy shape to fit, especially when adapting a vintage pattern. I had to devise full bust alterations for both, which was difficult on the dress particularly because of the style lines. I messed up the pattern cutting for the dress bodice, and had to do some very very tricky pattern matching: the fabric is from Korea, and was very narrow. I ended up using cable ties inside the front neckline to keep the shape, as the fabric is very fluid! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Get a sewing buddy: I could never have finished this without help, the waistline and hem caused special problems!

What you will need

  • Silk brocade
  • silk organza underlining
  • bemberg lining.

Q&A with DementedFairy

susangwerner@yahoo.com.au asked:
Great job. It's looks so beautiful.
DementedFairy answered:
Thanks! It felt great too- all the organza underlining rustles when you move, and makes you feel very posh!
TanjaH asked:
You look amazing. I love the matching hat too.
DementedFairy answered:
Thankyou! It was a bargain from the market, and I just added some feathers and a scrap of the coat fabric...
LesleyUK asked:
DementedFairy answered:
Scheri Manson asked:
Great so glad to see that you looked as beautiful as your daughter.
DementedFairy answered:
Awwww shucks! [blush]
hangukin asked:
Wonderful to hear that you used fabric from Korea!!! I am from Korea and the fabric looks like the fabric they use for Hanbok (korean traditional clothes) and you look like a chunchonmama (queen). Hail, chunchonmama and congrats on the wedding of your daughter. Your daughter's dress is also stunning!
DementedFairy answered:
That's wonderful! Thanks so much x [I shall make myself a badge saying 'chunconmama' now!

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