I was delighted (although a little stressed) when my friend not only asked me to be her Maid of Honour, but also asked me to make the bridesmaid dresses!
She was having a vintage "tea party" style wedding, and we both adore 1950's style dresses, so we decided on the Sew Over It Betty Dress, it was just the perfect pattern!
There were 3 bridesmaid's, and my friend wanted us all in the same dress, but wanted mine to be different than the other two.
Her colours were pastel pinks, mint greens and lemons, so we decided on 2 ditsy floral dresses, and one dusky pink with a bow in the contrast floral fabric.
For my size I didn't need to make any alterations to the pattern (phew) but for both the other 2 I needed to do bust adjustments, I used a great video on youtube to help with this, click here to access it.
The pattern is pretty easy to sew, it has bust and waist darts, and a V back, with a full circle skirt, a classic, timeless pattern.
The instructions included in the Sew Over It Betty Dress pattern a great, very clear and well written, especially on how to insert an invisible zip evenly!
I did find that the back was a little big on the other 2 bridesmaids so it needed a shoulder adjustment to fix this, but other than that they worked out great!
The 2 floral versions were made using a cotton/poly mix, it was super soft and drapey and flowed well for this dress, mine was made from a much thicker and heavy weight cotton which still draped very well, the only downside is that this fabric creases up really easily, so it will have to be one of those dresses where you embrace the creases!
I lined the bodice on them, but did not line the skirt as we were wearing petticoats.
I used bias binding to hem the dresses as I find this method works really well with full circle skirts.
We wore them with 1950's style petticoats and twirled all night on the dance floor!
The Bride looked absolutely beautiful (as did my fellow Bridesmaids!!) and as glamorous as ever, our full circle dresses contrasted perfectly with her slim fit lace dress. It was such a fantastic day!
I will definitely be making loads more of the Sew Over It Betty Dress!!
This dress would also match perfectly with the lovely blossom embroidery hoop necklace! I might have to make myself one!