What to do with that wedding dress pattern once the wedding is over…

Make a sundress!  

 

Dressmaking. It’s nothing to smile about.
 

the pattern:

It’s the same pattern as the wedding dress, but shorter and minus the over bodice and over skirt. I was cleaning up, putting away fabrics, trying to figure out what to do with the pattern, since the bride doesn’t want it and it’s not like I’m ever going to make that exact dress again for her or anyone else, and then I figured hey, it’s summer, I’ll just make her a quick sundress.

Note: I think it’s funny that if anyone ever asked me to make them a sundress immediately after making them a wedding dress, I’d be like Get Up Outta My Face With Your Face, but since it was my idea, I was totally excited about it. Ned was like, “she’s going to cry when you give that to her,” and I was like, “I know!!!!! I can’t wait!!!!”

the fabric:

  

I got this fabric at an estate sale. Seemed like the previous owner was quite a world traveler, lots of maps, books, and exotic things. This fabric was folded lengthwise and rolled onto a short tube that was housed in a little paper box with a clear window to show the design and printed all around with Japanese characters.
It’s yukata fabric, which is the traditional lightweight cotton kimono, and in many ways it seems like the real deal: the repeating geometric design in blue and white is in keeping with yukata fabric I’ve seen online, it’s a little narrower than standard commercial woven fabrics, and the dye ran like crazy the first time I washed it, dyed all my dishtowels indigo.
But in the other hand, the selvage is printed with a copyright in English, which makes me think it may have been created for tourists. But who cares, it’s awesome. 

  
the dress:

The bodice is flatlined to washed muslin, and then lined with this blue-grey cotton you can see in the photo above, which I was especially pleased to use because it too has a story:

Story 1. A friend went to India and brought me back a sari, a matching petticoat, and this blue-grey fabric, which is about a yard of matching cotton to make a choli, or blouse. (Note: those things are not blousey). She said after you buy a sari in India, you just, like, walk down to the bodice maker, get measured, choose a style, walk down to the bangle store, get your matching bangles, walk back, pick up your new top. We don’t have that situation around these parts. I never used the fabric. 

Story 2. I once had a heated but friendly argument with the groom of this bride about which is hotter: the kimono or the sari. For the record, he was Team Kimono. For the record, I am super pleased with myself to be using fabric from both in the same dress, for his wife. 

   
  

   

Sew It or Throw It:

Sew it. I like having a way to justify keeping the wedding dress pattern. Who knows, maybe I’ll do up another sundress before the summer is over. 

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7 thoughts on “What to do with that wedding dress pattern once the wedding is over…

  1. I love those kimono fabrics. The country town where my mum lives (Bendigo is case your hubs knows of it) has a great fabric store with a small vintage selection plus new fabrics. There’s a heap of amazing vintage kimono fabrics, but all so narrow – like forearm length. I’ve always put them back sadly as there’s never enough for a garment. So your fabric is a treasure indeed. It’s a lovely dress!

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    1. I want to go to that fabric store!!!
      If it’s not astronomically expensive, I bet you could line up the design side by side so it is continuous and seam the fabric together, thereby making a wider, more standard, yardage width before cutting into it. I thought I might have to do that with this project, but instead I just ended up piecing in a tiny corner of the front skirt piece. This stuff is an odd width but not forearm sized, luckily.

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