Wedding Dress…For Everyday!

by illcladhalfmad on May 24, 2013 · 15 comments

in 1950s


Hey All!

First time posting, long time lurking lurker here. :)

So it was a month ago, whilst looking for a good pattern of a wedding dress for my sister when I stumbled upon this pattern:


Through a series of coincidences I managed to snag it for my very own! I LOVE THIS PATTERN! The lines and simplicity speak to me on so many levels! I want to be married in this gown. I want to DIE in this gown.

…. maybe I’m being a little overdramatic. <.<    >.> Oh well!

It came together like a dream, my very first truly VINTAGE pattern. I was singing the whole time I sewed. (I was also watching horror movies while I sang and sewed so it kind of scared my pets and my visiting sister but hey, do what you feel like, right?)

I found myself marveling about these wedding patterns. Unlike the haute couture gowns I see on T.V. or the cookie-cutter gowns at David’s Bridal these gowns had a background in reality. A simple raised hem and elbow sleeves in cotton makes a fabulous bridal gown into a lovely day gown! I am absolutely floored by it!

I used a cotton I picked up at a dying Hancock Fabric store for a smile and a song, vertical stripe-like pattern of black, grey and white birch trees with an occasional red cardinal sitting amungs the branches. This is literally my first ‘wearable’ muslin of this dress, which fits PERFECTLY. Fate, no?

Anyway, now to the pictures!!


Anyway, I am absolutely IN LOVE with this gown. I’ll be making it as a wedding dress in ivory creme satin later, and probably a long sleeved version for fall sometime! More pics and things at my blog as well as a lovely picspam/picporn of some awesome 50′s Bridal Patterns!

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Inkdork May 25, 2013 at 12:02 am

Ooh! I never would have thought to do something like that with a wedding dress pattern! I like it!


Sewingthe60s May 25, 2013 at 2:56 am

I love it! Its like those adds that tell YOU to buy the diamond ring instead of waiting for a man to buy it for you. Except in this case YOU make your dream dress and wear it whenever you like! And the more you make it, the better you’ll get and when the time comes to make it in expensive fabric, you wont get scissor shy!


mariebayarea May 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

That dress is a beaut. I’m in love with the print. I hope you share the wedding dress version with us too.


Annie May 25, 2013 at 6:34 am

It’s lovely – the fabric print and the pattern. I can see why you’re in love with it!


Lise Neely May 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

Love it – you look beautiful!


Cari Homemaker May 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

Love it. The stripes are just spectacular.


twistedpoppy May 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

Wow, great job and it looks amazing on you!


EmSewCrazy May 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

It looks lovely on you! That fabric is great too. Vintage patterns are addicting! Glad you jumped on board. Good luck with the actual wedding dress.


Honora May 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm



Shaysierae May 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

What an amazing idea! I never would’ve come up with turning a wedding dress into an everyday dress like this! It is beautiful :)


Sandra May 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Really beautiful, and beautifully made!


Eva May 26, 2013 at 1:44 am

I love the dress, the fit is perfect and I adore the fabric. Very pretty.


Amy mayen May 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

It’s lovely! I can’t wait to see more!


lunefantasy May 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm

very beautiful !!!
the last year it was my engagement and I’ve turned around a long time to find the Real One, 5 models, 5 dresses and nothing was the good …
So you’ve made a good job, really because you are very pretty !!!

I’m waiting for your Only One !!!!


Caje August 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

Wow! With a side of gim-me!

Its great!


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