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Something Blue: Wedding Guest Dress

Hi Loves!

This week's post is all about this royal blue gown for one of my clients.   I want to start by saying I love when my clients are happy.  The best gift a client can give me is a good review.  This beauty wrote a review that had me in tears. 

She requested a royal blue gown for a wedding and I did my best to bring her vision to life.   Isn't she lovely?!

Here's how it came together:

This is a pattern hack for McCall's 7569 & 7047. I combined the two patterns plus a self drafted faux sleeve to make this dress.

Faux Sleeve:
The faux sleeve is self drafted. It is 15" wide and the length spans from selvage to selvage. The top, bottom, and one side has a double fold half inch hem. The unfinished side is gathered to match the length of the front bodice side starting 20" from the top of fabric to the bottom of the fabric. It is attached to the side of the front bodice with right sides together.

Bodice - M7569:
I cut the back bodice and lining according to the fabric. I cut the front bodice on the fold. I then cut an inch on both sides and adjusted the angle of the front sides to match the back sides. I attached the faux sleeve starting the gathers 5/8" from the top of the front bodice. I attached the lining to the bodice as instructed with the faux sleeve on the inside. I followed the steps to add the collar.

Skirt - M7047:
I followed the directions for the skirt and lining. It turned out to be a little too short. I added 5" to the bottom following the angle of the skirt bell. Turned out I had to cut that extra 5" in the opposite direction of the rest of the dress. I was worried until I noticed that it added a little design element to the dress. This fabric has nap and shows sheen on the added piece.

With right sides together, I sewed the bodice to the skirt. And WALA, it's done!

The fabric is ponte knit from Jo-Ann Fabric.

Lesson: Sometimes what you perceive to be a problem can actually be a blessing.

Until next time,  Smooches!



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