A dress for Granny’s wedding: Burdastyle 12/2014 #112

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Felicity needed a new dress for her Granny’s wedding. Isn’t it lovely that her Granny was getting married again? Love is wonderful at every age.

Felicity had great ideas for an outfit, but we didn’t manage to find any suitable fabric in time. I was also too busy gallivanting around the world traveling for work, so time was limited.

So a compromise was struck. A stretch woven cotton jacquard in pale blue was purchased. A previous dress pattern was used.

Technical Details

Pattern: I based this on BurdaStyle 12/2014 #112 that I’d used recently for the hot rocks dragon skin dress. This time I omitted the triangular inserts at the front and back neck, the godet, the zip and shortened the sleeves.

The line drawing would look more like this:

Size: 36-44, I sort-of-made a 40 with a FBA. I say sort of 40, because I cut the pattern pieces out without barely any seam allowances, apart from the sleeves and armscyes and neck. Why? I didn’t have quite enough fabric and it had lots and lots of stretch.

Fabric: A stretch cotton jacquard from Catwalk Fabrics– a local, small but well curated high end fabric shop.

I drafted a neck facing from a remnant of silk twill (actually the sleeves from a failed project due to not prewashing fusible interfacing). A little piece of lace was added as a back label, and for prettiness.

It was a sunny day, but not yet spring-like enough for the dress to be worn on its own. So, she borrowed my jacket.

How did that happen? Not so long ago she was a sweet little girl with a baby brother! Now look at them!

Clearly I didn’t get the memo about pink and blue. I also ran out of time to make a new outfit, so I’m wearing a Burdastyle dress sewn a year or so ago and a Burdastyle jacket sewn even earlier.

Doesn’t He Who Cooks look smashing? That double pocket square perfectly matches in with his tie. That was made possible, at the last minute, by my large fabric stash.

You know I’m going to bring this up every time there is a raised eyebrow about me adding to that stash!

Such a happy day.

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28 Responses to A dress for Granny’s wedding: Burdastyle 12/2014 #112

  1. Rebekah says:

    Lovely photos auntie.. and you all looked so happy! 🙂

  2. Summerflies says:

    Don’t you all look fabulous! Felicity looks amazing in that dress.

  3. Katherine says:

    That is a really lovely dress. A favourite pattern for sure.

    • SewingElle says:

      I don’t often repeat patterns, I’m too easily distracted by the new ones in Burda. But I’m so pleased with this one, and how easy it was to make it up without the work of adjusting the fit.

  4. prttynpnk says:

    Wonderful dress- love that little lace detail!

  5. Tia Dia says:

    What gorgeous fabric you chose for that dress. The close-up shot of the fabric is just beautiful. And what a happy day all ’round with happy faces. Congratulations to Granny!

  6. NancyD says:

    Once again you have me pawing through my back stock of Burdas. This is such a pretty dress; fabulous slim fit and such classey lines. Your daughter looks great in it. In fact, the whole family looks smashing!

  7. All of you look absolutely wonderful and happy. This was such a heart-warming post to read – thank you for sharing a small bit of this memorable day with us!

  8. sewbussted says:

    Your daughter is towering over everyone. Such a beautiful young woman. And what a lovely couple. So happy they found each other. May they have many lovely years together.
    BTW, he who cooks has not posted a recipe in quite some time 😉

  9. What a lovely event! You all look so charming and happy. I really love the dress, too.

  10. Beautiful fabric! The dress looks really lovely, as does Granny! 🙂

  11. Beautiful dress and the fabric is gorgeous.

  12. Nonsuch says:

    Perfect. That pattern could have been designed just for Felicity! Great fabric choice too. You all look very lovely.

  13. What a beautiful group! Hearty congratulations to the bride and groom, and lovely work on all the dressmaking.

  14. sewruth says:

    Don’t know which is better actually – Felicity’s dress or the fact that love can be discovered at any age and embraced and celebrated by family and friends. Happy day and you all look fabulous.

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