Maid of Honor Dress

I was asked my by my sister back in 2011 to be her Maid of Honor at her wedding.  I wanted to make a special dress that I would wear again and remember fondly, and which was a one of a kind, for a one of a kind occasion.

I used a pattern from Vintage Vogue’s catalog, originally a dress designed in 1957:

Vintage Vogue Pattern
Vintage Vogue Pattern

The color for our Bridesmaid dresses were to be a vibrant plum.  The bridal party all took a trip to San Francisco to scout fabric.  I found a cotton eyelet, perfect for a summer wedding, in the desired shade.  I lined it with a shiny champagne cotton/silk blend that would show through the eyelet.

Lay Pattern
Lay pattern on lining
Cut Lining
Cut out lining
Sew Lining
Sew together lining
Fit Lining
Pin to fit lining

 

 

 

Rinse and repeat
Rinse and repeat
Finished Lining
Finished Lining

 

The pattern did not call for lining, so I made two dresses to stack one on top of the other.  I cut, pin, fit and sewed together the lining and then eyelet. Normally I would make a muslin for fitting, but I did’t want to cut out three dresses on the floor of my living room.

After sewing the two layers as two separate dresses, I decided the lining did not show through the eyelet enough.  I ripped everything apart, sewed each piece of the lining to the corresponding eyelet panel, and then sewed the panels together as one dress, which created the desired effect.  Then, I created seam-binding from gross grain ribbon and covered the seams.  French seams would have also worked, but I wanted to play with color since it was a full skirt and I knew people would see the underside when I was dancing.  The ribbon is a peach color, which coordinated with the colors chosen for the wedding, purple and orange.

Inside Front
Inside Front
Inside Back
Inside Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the final product!

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