Preparing for a California Wedding

I’ve mentioned previously that my brother is getting married! I’m so excited for this and for K to join the family. 🙂 🙂 I wrote about her bachelorette gift here. So, with the big day coming up at the end of the month, I knew I was overdue to start my long list of sewing! I’m hoping to save most posts for after the big weekend in California, but wanted to share this make ahead of time.

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I had the opportunity to sew up this new Super Soft Polyester (SSP) from Bow Button Fabrics. I had chatted with Kim, the owner, about the wedding and she suggested this new fabric. I knew it would be perfect for a fall wedding in California, and jumped at the opportunity to sew it up!

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I had NO idea what pattern I wanted to sew up. At the time, Made for Mermaids was celebrating their 6 year pattern-versary and had a big site wide sale. I’ve only sewn up a couple of their freebie patterns, but hadn’t sewn up a purchased pattern, yet. I browsed the website, checked their facebook group for more inspiration, and finally settled on the Sierra Dress and Romper.

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I knew I wasn’t a fan of any of the cut lines for the length of the skirt and would need to alter that. I also was originally planning on the cut out bodice version and going back and forth between short sleeves or sleeveless. After talking to my future sister in law, I decided on the sleeveless. I also looked at the placement of the cut outs, and knew my rib tattoo would show. I didn’t want to break up the gorgeous print on the fabric, so kept the bodice solid.

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When I received the fabric, I was blown away! The flowers are gorgeous. The background is grey, but definitely has a purple undertone. The flowers are also nondirectional, which is a huge plus in my book. I actually had a really hard time trying to figure out which way to cut my pattern pieces, before deciding it didn’t matter (and asking Kim for a second opinion)! The SSP feels very similar to Bow Button Fabric‘s AOS (which I’ve sewn up here). It is perfect for a dress!

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I made a straight size purple, even though I measured into indigo waist and blue hip. I added a little length to the bodice for my height. I ended up adding around a foot to the mini cut line of the skirt to end up with knee length. I also cut the front and back bodice pieces on the fold (omitting the seam allowance) so the print on the fabric would not be broken up.

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The fabric was so smooth sewing up! The pattern was pretty straight forward sewing up, and I only ran into one hiccup- I accidentally sewed the side seams together wrong so the straps crossed. Make sure your pieces are lined up straight so you don’t make the same mistake! I also had to take in quite a bit at the armpit because of gaping. I opened up the top (the lining and outer were already sewn together) to cut a bit off and it worked just fine.

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I also slimmed up the skirt a bit. I turned the skirt inside out and drew a straight line on both sides from the top side seams to about 3-4 inches away from the bottom hem. I serged this, cutting the fabric off as I went, and love the fullness (or less full) skirt much better.

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Next time I make the Sierra Dress, I’ll cut the liner pieces slightly smaller, so the seams fall more toward the inside. I also might open up the skirt side seams and add pockets… because who doesn’t love pockets? If you haven’t noticed yet in the photos, I haven’t hemmed the bottom, yet. I need to find a perfect match for thread still!

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I love this dress. I was honestly doubting it as I went, but as soon as it was finished and on, I fell in love! The wedges I have on in the photos are close to ten years old so I need to grab new ones before the wedding. Any suggestions? I need all the help I can get in the shoe department. 🙂

Side note/Photography tip: Ever notice when I crop my head out of photos? Half the time my eyes are closed! 🙂 🙂

What I used:
Gray Louisa Floral SSP
Sierra Peplum, Dress, and Romper

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


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