Wedding Guest Attire

My older brother got married in August 2016.  So I am quite a bit late with this review of my outfit.

August in Sydney is still pretty chilly, its still winter.  Most of the wedding was outside and I really feel the cold so I wanted to make a jacket and dress.  After some ummming and aahhing I decided on these patterns.

 

Vogue 8615 for the Dress and Butterick B6105 for the Jacket

I originally had a mottled red print in mind for the dress with the idea of making a plum coloured jacket to pick out the plum tones in the print.  No matter how high or low I searched I couldn’t find any fabric that would be just right.

I eventually settled on a navy cotton sateen from Spotlight (it can be found here).  The jacket was made from some rose gold brocade I had in my stash.  I picked it up from Spotlight during a sale when you received an additional 50% off if you bought more than 3 metres.  In the end it was cheap and pretty. Unfortunately, it’s not available anymore.

I lined the bodice with some lining fabric I bought off eBay.

The dress came together pretty easily.  I didn’t any adjustments at all and just sewing it up.  I was really happy with the results.  On the night, I did find that I had trouble keeping it on my shoulders so I will definitely fix that next time but it’s not overly noticeable.

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Sam and I

There is a sizeable amount of fabric in the skirt which is a really full circle skirt. I hemmed he skirt by hand and finished it with bias binding.

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The jacket wasn’t as easy as the dress to put together.  The fabric freys a lot.  I lined the jacket in a satin fabric which was pretty slippery.

Afterwards it was pointed out that I had put the sleeves on the wrong sizes.  I haven’t had time or the inclination to fix it as I would have to pull it all apart and it isn’t all that noticeable.

Fit wise I found the jacket a bit big.  It’s better than being small but it just fits loosely when it shouldn’t.  So word of warning size down if you are considering making your own.

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The wedding was great fun and I didn’t take many photos but here’s what I have.

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Sam

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