Bridesmaid Dress Revisited

posted by Kate on 8/10/2006 | Link To This Post | 4 comments

Matron of HonorBack in May, I posted about dismantling my latest bridesmaid dress and the fact that I wasn't sure what to make with it (you can see me modeling it on the right; four months pregnant and filling out that top very nicely!) When I saw that the theme for Whiplash this month was Wardrobe Surgery I knew that the time had come to find something to do with that dress. The problem was that I still had no idea what that was.

Right away I decided that I should stick with my strength and make something quilted. I've been toying around with machine applique lately, so I figured that this could be an opportunity to improve upon those skills and maybe even push them a little further. After quite a bit of thought I settled on the idea of turning my bridesmaid's dress into a flower girl, despite my less than stellar abilities at drawing/sketching. Creating the pattern was definitely the hardest part! I knew that I wanted the skirt of her dress to be ruffled, so I figured that it had to be in three dimensions. There was a lot of making-it-up-as-I-go-along (something I do a lot!), but I'm really pleased with the result.

Flower Girl

BouquetThe girl's dress, the borders and the backing are all made from the original bridesmaid dress (the backing is made from the skirt's lining). The ribbons are also from the dress - they're the loops used to hang it on a hanger! The binding and applique are all done by machine, since that is my latest challenge to myself. The embroidery, however, is all done by hand. I don't see myself ever switching to machine embroidery - I like the hand embroidery so much better. The quilting is also done by machine. I had a hard time deciding how to quilt the white space around the girl. I knew it didn't look right leaving it blank and am really proud of myself for coming up with the flower and leaf design. I usually just say, "to heck with it!" and stipple it all over. This looks much better than stippling.

whipup Since I dismantled a dress and created a wall hanging out of it, this project is obviously being entered in the deconstruct/reconstruct category of the whiplash competition. I'm really enjoying how these challenges are pushing me to be creative in new ways. I can't wait to see all the fun wardrobe surgeries everyone comes up with!


Blogger Martha Winger said...

Great job! I love your finished project. The colors are rich and the satin looks great as a quilt. Plus, it's more of a keepsake/memory instead of hanging in closet. Wouldn't be surprised to see these popping up elsewhere. It would also be a great post for

8/10/2006 12:43 PM  
Blogger laura said...

The flower and leaf pattern on the white looks fabulous. I love the little ruffle at the bottom of her dress - so cute!

8/10/2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Moody said...

I am in awe! Since I just got married and have no use for my wedding gown now I am thinking, hmm can I send her parts of my gown to make one of these for me?

8/11/2006 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Sooz said...

So sweet! And such a lovely way to remember the day and the dress without it being lost in the back of a wardrobe!

8/20/2006 5:49 AM  

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