A Non – Wedding Dress

I feel as if I’ve come full circle now. I’ve made a few non traditional wedding dresses and now I’ve made a Wedding guest dress that could easily be a wedding dress!

An acquaintance of mine came to me with an unusual request (or in my case – pretty average). She needed a white dress to wear to a wedding where the wedding party will be wearing white and the couple getting married will be in bright colours. She sent me some inspiration images and we ended up with a very 60s looking bridal satin cocktail dress with a fitted top and a box pleated skirt. Since she was also the wedding planner and going to be working at the wedding, we added useful side seam pockets.

A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014

A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014

A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014: Back View.

A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014: Back View.

Spot the pocket...

Spot the pocket…

A self covered belt with stiff belting inside sits in crocheted thread loops and hooks at the back with a dress clip.

Belt loop detail.

Belt loop detail.

Belt closure.

Belt closure.

To add a bit more poof there is a lightweight built in petticoat with a ruffle at the bottom. Inside is a waist stay and bra stays at the shoulders to keep things where they should be.

A lightweight built in petticoat for extra poof.A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014.

A lightweight built in petticoat for extra poof.A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014.

Side seam pockets are useful!

Side seam pockets are useful!

Waist stay keeps things in line. A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014.

Waist stay keeps things in line. A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014.

Waist stay detail.

Waist stay detail.

Underarm gussets provide for a fitted sleeve with movement.

The handy arm gusset for close fitting sleeves. A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014

The handy arm gusset for close fitting sleeves. A Non Wedding Dress HLB 2014

Rayon tape to hem sleeves. Less scratchy than the lace.

Rayon tape to hem sleeves. Less scratchy than the lace.

Vintage hem lace.

Vintage hem lace.

Hopefully there will be some good action shots of the dress at the event!

There is a good chance that this little number may get a makeover via a dye bath in the near future. I’ll be sure to update this post if that happens….

~ Heather

One Response to A Non – Wedding Dress

  1. Sylvia Fisher says:

    Heather Lee, your posts are always informative and very enjoyable to read!

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