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Dress as a wedding guest

Francesca

Dress as a wedding guest
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:11:48 AM »
Don't shoot me for planning this MONTHS in advance - but I am going to start thinking about a dress for a wedding on New Year's Eve this year. Yes yes, many months away! But as I sew a lot for Christmas presents I want to get this dress started/out of the way by at least October. I'm going away in September so I am thinking I'd like to get started around August to give myself plenty of time.

NYE wedding so it's quite glitzy. It's a late in the day ceremony and a long party with a full 7-piece Motown band. I'm so excited! I've spoken to the bride and she said she things a lot of people are going more glam/christmassy than the traditional wedding attire.

I've found two dress patterns I like and am considering a mash-up between the two (although I may just draft the skirt myself)

I like the bodice of this, I would likely try to continue the sleeves to small cap sleeves. I really like the plunge (despite being large busted, they don't go together so I don't tend to have extreme cleavage... don't worry)



The skirt I like is this, though really I think I can pull a skirt from my other patterns and do this myself:



Also for the actual ceremony I was considering making this to cover up. The whole thing is inside as the ceremony and reception are at the same venue so I'm not too worried about being cold and standing outside for things. I'll probably take a pashmina too.



FABRICS. I have a few ideas.

When I was little my Mum made me a gorgeous Christmas dress that was blue/green shot taffeta tartan. I love the idea of tartan and with it being close to Christmas I was thinking a green based tartan would be gorgeous. But I haven't found any that are dressy enough.

The other option is a jacquard fabric, I have found tonnes from China and I'm happy to order from there as I've always had positive experiences. Here are some options:



For the bolero I'm thinking velvet in an accompanying dark colour will be nice.

Samantha

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 11:51:29 AM »
I love planning dresses months in advance - my brother is getting married next August and the only reason I haven't started to think about it properly is because I have a 40th 'Rocktail' party in May (making a dress from faux leather and lace for that) and a dinner dance in September  :D

I love the Nicola Finetti pattern, tartan would look great - especially for a Christmas/New Year wedding

BrendaP

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 12:10:47 PM »
IMO an all tartan dress would be too OTT, and I don't think it would look good with an asymmetric hem.  But I love those brocades, especially the green but any of them would look good for a party dress.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 12:16:51 PM by Francesca »
Brenda.  My machines are: Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy, Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born in 1940 and Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitch.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Francesca

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 12:16:56 PM »
The asymmetric hem was the bit I was considering ditching.

I know that a bright tartan would be too much, but I was thinking one where it is shot taffeta with the tartan print on top. The one my Mum made me was a bit more subdued. But alas, I can only for very bright/gaudy ones or subdued ones on non-dressy substrates :(

I'm leaning more towards the green jacquard pictured. If it was a January wedding I'd go for the blue (as it's more "icey") but the green has a nice Christmas feel. With a dark green velvet bolero *drools*.

Maybe if I can find a hatmaker I can give them some velvet to incorporate. Although I probably don't have enough money for a bespoke hat. No idea what to wear on my head. I have not been to a ceremony for a wedding since I was 16 and that time I was a bridesmaid! Now I'm an adult I need a head-thingy but I refuse to get one that looks like a bird has nested in my hair.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 12:19:33 PM by Francesca »

b15erk

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 12:29:04 PM »
I love the second dress, it's extremely classy.  At least if you make it early, you can always change your mind:)

I spent a fortune on my headgear for DD's wedding - it stayed on just in time for the photos:)

I love weddings.

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.


Francesca

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 12:49:01 PM »
I love the second dress, it's extremely classy.  At least if you make it early, you can always change your mind:)

I spent a fortune on my headgear for DD's wedding - it stayed on just in time for the photos:)

I love weddings.

Jessie

I do really like the second dress but the big issue is it means a strapless bra. 40FF strapless bras are hard to come by, and would mean me worrying about popping out when I'm dancing :( If I was slimmer I probably would sew that one instead.

I am thinking for headgear I'd just like a green basic teadrop shape fascinator thingy but no feathers. Or maybe pheasant feathers but only if they're very small and compact. I just don't want to be one of those people with a two foot feather sticking out of my head and blotting out the view.

b15erk

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 12:53:31 PM »
You could always build in some support Fran, and then you wouldn't need to worry.

I'm sure whatever you wear, you will look stunning!  Look forward to following your progress. :)

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.


Ploshkin

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 12:54:18 PM »
The last wedding I went to I refused to have anything on my head - I was the only female without the supposedly obligatory birds nest but I wasn't bothered.
The only headgear I wear is to keep my head dry or my ears warm and I didn't think a black, woolly, builders' hat was very weddingy.
I love the green brocade.
Life's too short for ironing.

Francesca

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 13:00:04 PM »
I quite like the idea of a hat but I just don't want to go all silly on it.

I might dig around the charity shops tbh.

Lowena

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 13:08:16 PM »
I have never worn anything on my head at any wedding I've attended.
I love both the dresses
Triumph of hope over experience :D

BrendaP

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2017, 13:14:18 PM »
Hats don't have to have feathers.  Flowers (artificial) work all too.

Go to a big department store where they have a lot of hats to choose from and try on the different styles.  It's almost impossible to tell just what will or won't suit you (and fit well) without putting them on your head.
Brenda.  My machines are: Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy, Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born in 1940 and Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitch.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Ellabella

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2017, 14:24:25 PM »
I have never worn anything on my head at any wedding I've attended.
I love both the dresses

Not even your own?
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Mama likes to make

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2017, 14:25:32 PM »
Hats and as my friends and I refer to them fondly, bits of nonsense don't seem to be as common at weddings here but I do know lots of places that will hire such things if you could find something similar near you.


Elnnina

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2017, 14:46:21 PM »
Hi Fran,  just love the blue floral patterned fabric that is in amongst your photos, please can you give me some more information on this where to get, what sort of fabric it is please.  Thanks.

Regarding what you are going to make yourself for this wedding, just make sure that you feel comfortable in whatever you make, and that includes the 'underpinnings!!'  I am sure you will find something.  I personally like the dress in the second photo, and that sort of skirt would look good on you.  Equally the dress you made  more recently with the cross over bodice in some knit fabric that you had those lovely shoes to wear with it, that bodice might look good on a fuller skirt.

You work in London, have you ever thought of going to Rigby & Peller they specialise in bras, and I believe there is an outlet Kensington way.  May be expensive, but if you get something that really fits and flatters you it might make all the difference to the type of dress you wish to wear.  HM The Queen goes to Rigby & Peller!!

charlotte

Re: Dress as a wedding guest
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2017, 15:12:32 PM »
At most of the weddings I have been to recently (quite a lot - at that age!) hats have been limited to the older generation. Most people of my age have been bare-headed, but it will depend on the wedding I suppose!