Belladone Dress by Deer and Doe
(more wedding photos)
Pattern: Belladone Dress by Deer and Doe
Fabric: silk twill from The Fabric Store
Alterations: The original pattern has an upper and lower bodice back piece. I merged the two pieces.
Fully lined in lemon silk/cotton.
My sister Emily asked me to help her sew a dress for my youngest sister's wedding. To date, I'd have to say this dress is my proudest sewing achievement. I am fortunate enough to have a sewing teacher help me fit a toile on most of the garments I make for myself. I get to stand there, in front of a mirror, dressed in all my calico glory, while she tweaks away getting the perfect fit. She talks me through the process and I watch on. When it came to fitting this toile on my sister, my sewing teacher was 3000km away. It was all up to me. To my surprise and delight, I was able to draw on the skills I learned from all those years of watching and listening. Believe me, we had to make a lot of significant alterations. (There's some strange things going on with that pattern) I reckon I nailed it!
The best close-up I have of the bodice.
My sister and my Mum - don't they look beautiful!
Bodice back - Cut out diamond
Katherine, Mum, Me and Emily
(all in handmade garments)
Sarah, the beautiful bride.
I think she likes the dress (or maybe it's the champagne)