I made this dress for my daughter for her Confirmation. The colors of cream and red would make this dress the perfect bridesmaid dress for a winter wedding.
Choosing the pattern was easy. My daughter LOVES big bows.
A word of warning: This pattern is labeled ADVANCED.
The question was cream or white for the dress. After looking at so many lace fabrics, some just looked so polyestery. Some looked too old-ladyish. We found this lace with the lace trims. It comes in a 12″ width that would work for the bodice.
There is nothing like trying on your fabric in the fabric store. Mom!! Pluueeeze!! We found the cream that worked with the lace.
After finding the cream, none of the red fabrics looked quite right. We took down the information on the cream and found it online to see what other colors it came in. We found a deep red that looked beautiful. The fabric is Logantex Duchesse Satin Peau 5215. The colors are Off White 410 and Deep Red 92. Color chart HERE. I ordered the red from Mary Jo’s Cloth Store.
I actually did the layout planning before we went back to buy the fabric. Having the pattern and instructions, I realized that the skirt could fit in the width of the fabric because I was making a short dress instead of a long dress. This saved a lot of fabric.
We also wanted a 4″ hem for a younger feel.
For a fun feature we added side pockets. A girl always wants her phone handy. I found the pattern for a side seam pocket at Sew Well. Tutorial with pocket pattern HERE.
Instead of making the underskirt that came with this pattern, my daughter just used a petticoat tutu under the dress for volume.
I thought the bow ties would just be shorter but after making the bow, it was just too big for a short dress. I ended up taking in the lacing strap 5/8″ to remove some bulk. The finished bow across is 17″ and the width of the bow and ties is 7″.
We went shopping everywhere for cream or red shoes. All the heals were so high! We found these from David’s Bridal. They are Michaelangelo Maribelleapple in color Apple.
When shopping for shoes to match a dress, carry a swatch of your fabrics with you. We were so surprised that these shoes not only matched the color perfectly but the satin sheen was the same.
Good luck in making this dress. Feel free to leave me a comment below.