A Dress for Lorena

So… here it is! This was only the second dress I’ve ever made for someone other than myself. As I usually do, I made the pattern as well and so I got the experience of revising the design and adapting it to what my customer wanted. There were some stresses along the way, as with any design work, but I think I learned a lot and it was great to have the opportunity to make something pretty and see it worn and enjoyed by someone else!

To start with, we gathered lots of images of dress styles that Lorena liked. Flowing styles using chiffon and with a feminine, accentuated waistline stood out – have a look at my Pinterest board for more.

Starting with the toile. The design of the back was important as Lorena would be standing with her back to the congregation during the ceremony - so it had to have some wow factor!

Starting with the toile. The design of the back was important as Lorena would be standing with her back to the congregation during the ceremony – so it had to have some wow factor!

Side view

Side view – I initially only mocked up the bodice as we had first planned on a simple knee-length layered skirt

Originally the dress was to be knee length with a simple gathered and layered chiffon skirt. However the idea of a full-length skirt with an asymmetric hem seemed more flattering, so the pattern was adapted to a full-length 8-panelled flared skirt.

However the idea of a full-length skirt with an asymmetric hem seemed more flattering and suited to an outdoor seaside wedding in Greece, so the pattern was adapted to a full-length 8-panelled flared skirt.

Back view

Back view

Laying the toile out to cut the hemline in an S-curve

Laying the toile out to cut the hemline in an S-curve

Final shape

Final shape

The calico toile obviously didn't have the drape of the chiffon, but I thought there was room for a little more flare so I put that into the pattern before cutting the skirt pieces.

The calico toile obviously didn’t have the drape of the chiffon, but I thought there was room for a little more flare so I put that into the pattern before cutting the skirt pieces.

Turquoise chiffon - hard to work with but so pretty!

Turquoise chiffon – hard to work with but so pretty!

Ready for a penultimate fitting

Ready for a penultimate fitting

Nearly there - this was about a week before the dress was finished.

Nearly there – this was about a week before the dress was finished and fine-tuned.

And on the day itself:

Don't you want this to be your wedding?!

Don’t you want this to be your wedding?!

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