Adventures in Dressmaking: The one-year anniversary... dress!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The one-year anniversary... dress!

I seriously can't wait to show you the pics once we get them back (any day now!), but had to share the dress I wore in our... one-year anniversary pics!!

Yes, extremely belated one-year anniversary pics. We got married last August but wanted to do an anniversary session in the new house, which we were supposed to move into this June. It wasn't done till late August, though, and then we had to decorate... so we did our belated one-year anniversary session at the beginning of this month. Better late that never! We love our wedding photographer so much, we definitely wanted to bring her back for these pics which we'll use on Christmas cards etc. and frame around the house. Currently all the photos we have hanging are wedding pics!

The wedding dress I made myself was pale silvery grey, peachy pink, and ivory, but I wanted to do a different bridal look for our shoot... inspired by pretty white lace dresses, in a short '60's shift shape.







So pretty! Of course one hard thing about making a lace dress is finding the fabric. The cheap lace fabrics at JoAnn or whatever are scratchy. But, lucky, lucky me, my mom had ordered a whole bolt of this beautiful cotton/nylon blend lace from one of her wholesale sources, and she was happy to give me a yard and a half or two for this little dress. She even gave me a nice cotton/spandex satin to use for the lining, which, on a sheer dress, will show--this one was the perfect color! (Tips for sewing on lace on Sewing Circle if you're curious).

I used a basic sheath dress pattern I had and cut the scoop neck out. I decided I wanted a little more skin to show than the crew neck of the pattern, since I'm not very curvy and a straight sheath dress could take away all my curves if I'm not careful. This one has small bust darts, but still. I used the sleeves from another pattern for the little half sleeves.

I threw this together in about two hours and, of course, was finishing it the morning of the photo shoot. Ooops. We've all been there, right? ;)

So, I wore it for the photos (will share soon, I'm sure!!) but I may get another chance to wear this sometime soon. Perfect timing, last week I saw Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely shared how to make a pale lace dress work for fall. Imagine, red tights, brown belt, brown glasses... cute cute cute!! What do you say, would you wear white lace after Labor Day? ;)

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  1. beautiful! And you made your own wedding dress? im super impressed!!

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    1. Thanks, it was a labor of love! Det's here http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/search/label/wedding%20dress ...

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  2. I am excited to see the photos!

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  3. Love those LWDs. Yours is fabulous. With the right accessories I think white lace after Labor Day can definitely work.

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  4. Everytime I think about wearing white after Labor Day I hear my grandmother saying "Your not supposed to wear white after Labor Day." LOL So I usually stick to "winter white." Your dress is so cute!

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    1. Winter white, exactly! That must be the look I'm going for! ;)

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  5. I would totally wear white lace after labor day. Even though I agree with Tee that I hear my grandmother's voice, but I think that just comes from being southern. Anyway, love your blog and I aspire to be the seamstress that you are one of these days...

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  6. This is gorgeous! The lace is beautiful and I can't wait to see your photos! I was looking for a shirt similar to this for my engagement photos but ended up finding a very similar dress {that I wore as a shirt, tucked into my big skirt} but your lace looks so much nicer and higher quality, very beautiful!

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    1. Oh, sounds so fun! Are they on your blog yet?? Can't wait to see!

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  7. what a great idea to do a wedding anniversary shoot. I've never heard of that! Although I like the lace sheath dress (kudos to your mom for giving up some of her lace fabric for you), I'm absolutely in love with your wedding dress!

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  8. Love this dress! I have been wanting to try to make something similar (have a few patterns at home) now that I've seen yours I just might take the time to do so. As always, thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Love it Suzannah!!! You're so awesome! Such an inspiration!

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  10. Super adorable dress!! I can't wait to see the pictures!! You are seriously inspiring me to learn how to sew again (I haven't since I was about 12) and make some cute clothes!!

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  11. I love how that green and white go with each other. I liked the way you sewed on that lace Suzanna it looks fantastic!

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  12. this is so beautiful - I love the style (always said I would love a short dress to get married in...) <-- I know that's not what this is, but, well Happy Anniversary! :)

    I look forward to the photos!

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  13. Lovely! I can't wait to see the photos! And, you can definitely make that work for fall!

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