Handmade Wedding Outfit

Back in May we had a family wedding and I decided to give myself the challenge of making my own dress. I was not sure which pattern to go for and it took a while and a lot of searching on the internet to find the right one. I finally settled on a Simplicity pattern in the Cynthia Rowley collection (number 8086). I just loved the shape of the dress and the split back detail. I find that dresses that are tight at the waist and have a loose fitting skirt suit me best.

Simplicity 8086 pattern.

Before making this dress I had always bought fabric from local shops. I love seeing and touching the fabric before buying so I know exactly what I am getting. However there was limited choice in the shops at the time, so decided to use the internet! I found this lovely light fabric which looks like denim with small white flowers ( I can’t remember the site sorry!). When it arrived in the post I was so pleased with it, it was just what I hoped for!

Now the pattern was challenging from the start. I read through the instructions and found terminology such as ‘facing’ and ‘lining’ which I had not come across before. Luckily my sister studied fashion at university so she helped me get my head around it. Once I understood the several pieces I had to cut and how each piece is used, I found the dress came together quite easily… until the dreaded invisible zip!

Lining and facing. Simplicity 8086.Top of dress. Simplicity 8086.Invisible Zip. Simplicity 8086.

Invisible Zip. Simplicity 8086.

I tried my best to get my head around how to insert an invisible zip, but it seemed impossible. Even my cousins had a go and our family friends from across the road! I can not tell you how relieved I was when I finally figured it out! It is definitely the most difficult garment I have made so far but I am so pleased I persevered. I love this dress!!

I will definitely be using this pattern again in the future. The fit of the dress is lovely but I would make the panels that go over the dress slightly shorter.

Front of the Dress. Simplicity 8086.Back of the Dress. Simplicity 8086.Simplicity Dress 8086.

The wedding was beautiful and the weather was lovely! Such a great day with great people and a little handmade dress to be proud of!

Boola x

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