One of my best friends from university got married a couple of weeks ago (congratulations Beth!), so naturally I had to make a new dress for the occasion. The Betty Dress is my favourite go-to pattern for special events, and I particularly love her for weddings. With a fitted bodice and knee-length circle skirt, this dress is flattering, stylish and has a hint of vintage glam. Love!
Everything has been mega busy here at Sew Over It HQ – as usual we have a million things going on. There might be a new release on its way (hint hint!) so it’s all hands on deck for the final stages. Plus we’ve got some fun events on the horizon, there’s my new book release to coordinate, a new exciting video project coming soon (keep an eye on our YouTube channel!) and of course there are lots of lovely sewing classes to teach. Though I love it, all this means there’s very little time for personal sewing… So naturally it was the night before the wedding that I was up late finishing my dress!
The wedding was in Southampton so after staying up until the small hours, I set off ridiculously early and got dressed in the toilets of a service station en route. Anyone else done that before?! Really not ideal!
Despite the rush, I’m really happy with my finished dress. I decided to scoop the neckline which is quite easy to do and gives the pattern a different look. I love the original high neckline but it’s fun to change it up. Plus it means you can wear a necklace with it to add a bit more glam.
The fabric I chose is one of the shades of the hugely popular Blossom fabrics we have in the shop. It was the perfect weight for the day, nice and light but with enough weight to stop the skirt flying up in the wind – nothing worse! It has a strong directional print and because I wanted to use as little as possible (so there would be some left for all of you!), I cheated a bit with the grainline on the skirt. The blossom is going sideways at the centre front, but I quite like it.
What do you guys think? What’s your favourite thing to wear at a wedding?
Hopefully over the next few weeks I’ll have a bit more time to sew and of course I’ve already been brainstorming what I’d like to make. I think a skirt or two will be on the cards, something appropriate for spring now we’re starting to enter No Tights weather. Does anyone have any patterns they’d recommend? What is on your sewing table at the moment?