1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

I made a wedding dress

By on July 21, 2016

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Hi there! It’s been a while since I posted anything here or on my own blog but I’m back with something special!

I’ve been away from the blog for the last month or so and I’ve been busy sewing all the time! Here’s one of the pieces I take most pride in creating: a vintage inspired wedding dress, sewn from a modified 1956 pattern. The bride-to-be chose to have it in floor length and asked for sleeves. I decided to make a half circle skirt and added underarm gussets for comfortable wear. We chose beautiful rayon outer fabric and the dress is fully lined with silk. What a pleasure to wear it must be!

The pattern itself seems to be a real hit with my clients. I think it’s due to the wrap/tie front that’s incredibly flattering. This is the third time I made a dress based on it: first one was a test for me that’s still in my closet and the second one was already proper wedding dress for another elegant lady. I hear there are more brides-to-be waiting in the line to get their version… which makes me so happy! It’s such a pleasure to sew for other people, especially for special occasions!

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I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. So flattering on this beauty!

The only thing is… it got stolen on its way to the wedding! I was asked to make it two months in advance since the bride was moving away overseas for her new chapter of life and it seems someone took her baggage when she was at the airport. I can’t imagine what a horror for the bride it must be… and I can’t say I don’t feel sad about it. There’s still time to find it so please keep your fingers crossed!

This post originally appeared here. Click for more photos!

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1910s | 1930s | 1950s | 1970s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

The great white dress

By on December 17, 2015

Hi all you wonderful crafting & sewing fellows!

It’s crazy, I haven’t posted anything in here for years, but the great big white deserves a mention, methinks 😉

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My inspirations for this dress was all over the place. I was looking at Edwardian wedding gowns, 1930’s drapes and flowy sleeves, 1950’s circle skirts and 1970’s hippie layers and lace stuff… You can imagine the confusion and headaches I had over design choices!

In the end I went for a completely self drafted design, with added details from all the periods I was inspired by, and I think it worked pretty well! I used my standard bodice pattern for starters, cut it up to find the “perfect seam lines” (and of course that meant having a seven-piece bodice. Smart), and then made a few muslins to try to perfect it.

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The skirt is four layers – four different fabrics – full circle.

IMG_1284cFor a bunch more pictures, come over here: http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/12/finally-wedding-dress-pictures.html

And here’s the post with some of my inspiration: http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/05/wedding-dress-inspiration.html

 

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1940s | Dresses

Wedded Bliss

By on June 15, 2014

This year was my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary and we decided to do a vintage vow renewal ceremony on the beach!

I decided to make myself a vintage wedding dress! I decided on this late 40s pattern:

Especially after I found it’s vintage doppelganger!

As you can see, my version of white cotton lawn turned out quite like the original!

It was such a wonderful event! I was so bummed that I got married before I discovered vintage so this was my do over dress.

I shared a ridiculous number of photos from the day over on my blog. General vow renewal shots are here and my dress diary is here.

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1950s | Dresses

1950s Inspired Wedding Dress

By on July 11, 2013

Last year, my newly engaged friend sent me a picture of an adorable 50s tea length dress and asked if I knew anyone that could recreate it for her upcoming wedding, or if I would be able to. At that point, I still hadn’t used many patterns, and I had never fitted anyone other than me for a dress. So my first reaction was, there’s no way I’m experienced enough yet to make such an important dress! However, I absolutely fell in love with the dress she had chosen, and I just had a strong urge to say yes anyway to challenge myself, and so I did.

The dress she wanted had a simple, sleeveless, fitted bodice with a scoop neck and low V back. The full tea length skirt was made with box pleats, which I love to use and knew I could do for sure, it was just getting a lovely fit on the bodice that had me a bit nervous. I started with a Retro Butterick pattern as a kind of base for the bodice and altered it a lot from there. It probably would have been easier to create a bodice pattern myself from scratch, but I haven’t gotten that far yet!

There were some ups and downs overall, but I was pleased with the end result, as was she!

Many more details and pics on my blog here. 🙂

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Vintage Sewing

Making things for my wedding

By on April 9, 2013

I got married last week and I had two and a half months to put together everything. My two bridesmaids and find someone to do my dress, or at least most of my dress.
I love a bit of vintage feel, but I also enjoy modernizing it a little. But you can see what era I am a big fan of yourselves. Just a few images now, I will do more on my blog on the weekend.


Lady A 😀

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