The biggest decision of the wedding was whether or not to make my wedding dress. You all know that in the end I decided not to.
However, I did make all 5 of my adult bridesmaid dresses (my flower girl managed to find a perfect dress in Monsoon).
Seeing as some of the girls live fairly far away, I didn’t want to worry about too many fitting issues, so I decided to make them all Burda Double Layer Dress, which I’ve made a couple of times before and I find very versatile and easy.
The benefit is that it has an elasticated waist and only 2 pattern pieces so any alterations were easily achieved.
To make the dress a bit more ‘wedding appropriate’ I made it as a single (rather than double) layer dress, but cut from 2 layers, the top one being lace. This made it a bit trickier, but I made a test version for myself to help decide the order of construction.
I used the ‘under’ layer of the dress pattern as I didn’t want them to be too low, then cut out the navy underlayer and lace from the same pattern.
I sewed together and overlocked the side seams of both layers before attaching them to each other, right sides together at the necklines and armholes. After that I sewed the shoulder seams together and turned it all right sides out.
I marked where I wanted the elastic and sewed that in place by stretching it out as I sewed.
After letting the dresses hang I hemmed them by overlocking the 2 layers together. It gave the hems a slight lettuce edge, which I really like, and was a nice, light finish.
When it’s written out like that, it all sounds very simple, but there were a few hiccups along the way. By the 5th I was a pro and could probably sew another one with my eyes closed now! I won’t be doing that though!
I think they turned out great and all of my beautiful friends looked super beautiful in them 🙂