The August Wedding Guest Dress

Summer weddings mean light fabrics, florals and pastel colours. For my friend’s recent wedding in Kent, I opted to make something fun but also serious enough for a church ceremony, which to me meant knee length, covered shoulders and a modest neckline.

My thinking for this dress was quite different to the March Wedding Guest Dress I made to account for the season but also for the general mood I sensed each wedding would have. (Only time would tell whether I was right or not!)

I first thought of a dress with a ruffle after seeing this Burda Shift Dress in one of the Burda magazines.

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As I have a 34DD chest though, I knew having a ruffle over my bust wasn’t going to look right on me so I needed to keep hunting for a suitable pattern. I also wanted something a little less ‘office clothing’ so it could transition to the evening party well.

I finally settled on the Burda 6920 (View B) pattern, with the ruffle flowing down the length of one side of the body, and loose cap sleeves included.

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Finding the right fabric was a bit of a headache. I wanted something similar to the fabric I used for the very first Wedding Guest Dress in terms of it’s drape but in a brighter, more vivid pattern. I considered a lot of options before settling on some from the now rebranded Adam Ross Fabrics; a lovely cotton-blend with a light green background and large flowers in pink and turquoise. It was only around ยฃ3.50 a metre so it was a bargain!

Like many patterns, the main structure of this dress came together vary quickly. I had meant to grade the pattern up a size from the waist down but I got distracted whilst cutting out and missed out on doing this on the side panels. It made it a bit tight! Fearing I’d either waste all my hard work so far by having to start again or bust a seam along my derriรจre mid-way through the wedding day, I had to come up with a solution. I chose to insert a triangle of fabric (practically a godet, I guess) part way down the back and celebrate it as a design choice! ๐Ÿ˜€ It gave it a bit more interest from behind and also lent it a more relaxed, less office-wear, vibe. What d’ya reckon?!

I toyed with the idea of lining it just to achieve a nice, neat look inside but I eventually decided against it mainly because I was worried it would make it too warm to wear if it was a hot summer’s day (which it did turn out to be eventually!).30729563-f357-4358-821d-83795bd409fa

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(I’ve only cropped my partner out because I respect his right to privacy, not because I didn’t want him in the photo!!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

This time I did get some photos of me wearing it on the day, thanks mainly to my friend Z. I don’t have any of the back with me wearing it so I’ve added these from when I took some photos of the dress on Agnes.DSC_0146

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Overall, I was very pleased with the result. I was glad I had opted for a looser fitting dress and in such a breathable, light material. The neckline and sleeves helped prevent me from burning whilst outside for the drinks reception and it felt appropriate to wear in a religious building. And the ruffle had a whale of a time when I was jiving to Chuck Berry! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have another wedding coming up in April 2019 so I’m already thinking about what I’ll be making for that! ๐Ÿ˜€

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