Women of my mother’s generation learned to sew at a young age. Many knew how to at least stitch or mend. My mother is verrry good at making clothes, and actually created a lot of the outfits that my sister and I wore as children. I love expert hand-made craftsmanship, especially fine tailoring and couture. So, I’m really excited that my mother is going to construct the bridesmaids’ dresses!
Bridesmaid dresses can be tricky. I know that I want ours to echo the lines of my bridal gown, including the v-neck and long, flowing fabric. And I want them to be somewhat timeless…and flattering. Nothing too ostentatious or dramatic.
So when my mother and I went to G Street fabrics the other weekend, I browsed through the pattern books and saw a bunch of new and vintage dress patterns. The best ones seem to be by Vogue.
The great thing about constructing the dresses on your own is that you can modify them however you like! The pattern we’re interested in is a newer one (but it could easily be vintage). And it has three different design variations on the same deep v-neck dress. It can cross in the back or tie around the neck like a halter. I prefer the former, as my dress also crosses in the back. There is the option of a shoulder sash detail that looks ridiculous, so I will not include it. I’ll have my mother raise the waistline so it’s more of an empire shape, and also bring up the v-neck, so it’s not so revealing. Here’s a picture of part of the dress pattern envelope (it’s Vogue pattern number v7521, for those who are interested):
I ordered the pattern online last night!
Where do you go to find great dress patterns?
- Consultant (and Part-Time Professor)
- Wedding Date:
- May, 2009
- The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia