1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My Vintage-Inspired Wedding Dress

By on July 16, 2015

Hi guys! I just wanted to share my vintage-inspired wedding dress with you today! I’ve been working on this dress in one way or another for over a year and I’m so excited to finally share it!

I posted about my search for the right pattern here and you We Sew Retro members helped me out so much! A lady traced her pattern and sent it to me so I could make my dress. I could not have done it without the kindness and generosity of the online sewing community and I am so grateful.

(photos by Plum Jam Photography)

The dress is made from silk shantung with a silk organza underlining and China silk lining. I started with the bodice from Advance 8394, graded it up, changed the shape of the neckline, and made the sleeves set-in instead of dolman. I used the circle skirt from Butterick 5748.

Here’s my inspiration dress and the pattern I used:

More info and pictures here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine!

 

-Melissa

Continue Reading

1930s | Applique | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My vintage inspired wedding gown

By on February 3, 2014

Let me preface this by saying that this is my first post to date! I’ve been sewing for a couple of years and this was actually the first dress I ever sewed.
When I got engaged, I jokingly considered “just making my own dress” as a way to ease the financial burden that a wedding can cause. However, the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I was by the idea. When I finally decided, it seemed like the world was against me. But, that really only fueled the fire. I had sewn shirts and skirts so I knew a dress couldn’t be any more difficult…and it really wasn’t. Except for the fact that I bought real silk which meant I couldn’t get even a drop of water on it.
I was mostly inspired by Madeleine Vionnet and her 1930’s bias cut gowns. I loved the soft and feminine look of the gowns and the non-corset bodice. The flouncy bottom of her dresses also drew me to that style. I flirted with the idea of learning to bias sew but quickly laughed that off.
The more and more I sewed my dress the more I wanted lace on it. At the same time, my mom was offering for me to wear her dress from 1980 (not to mention she’s a half foot shorter than me and about 3 dress sizes smaller). So instead I decided to use the lace from her gown and incorporate it in my own.
I also decided to make a detachable train which I am so glad that I did. It felt so nice dancing around without a train dragging me down.

Here are some more photos of the dress. I used the delicate lace to draft sleeves and finished it with a small scalloped edge. The front and back bodice incorporated both the delicate lace and the wider lace. I trimmed the bottom of my dress in the wider lace and the front opening and bottom of my train.

Here is when the train came off:

Also I used vogue v2931 and took in the panels on the train, took off the bow and straps, and took in the top of the sloth as well. I also separated the train to make it detachable.

PennyandMary and DIYbride posted about it if you’re interested.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

Continue Reading