Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon
SewStylish Summer Fashion Challenge 2013

Summer wedding

Wedding Reception Dress front

This dress is loosely based on McCall’s 6505. My daughter wanted a fun reception dress for her wedding.

Fabrics used were embellished lace, silk organza and silk/cotton broadcloth

First I made a mockup for her just for fit purposes. Once that was fitting correctly we drew our new design lines on that mockup. She wanted a low back and more of a bateau neckline. One final mockup was made and that was taken apart, cut along the seam lines and used as the pattern for the dress. Couture elements The stitching lines were thread traced on the lace and the underdress. The lace is fairly heavily beaded and I crushed all the beads in the seam line and beyond with a pair of pliers. I underlined the lace with silk organza as the lace was quite open and I thought that it might “fall” too much without added support. I did not underline the sleeves. I sewed this lace by machine. Placement of the pattern pieces took a long time as I wanted a continuous scallop line at the hem. This lace has flowers that look like daisy’s and some of these I cut from remnants and handstitched to spots on the seam lines to give the illusion of continuity. I hand sewed a lot of the lace – side seams at the hem, sleeve insertion, centre back of lace because handsewing offers a lot more control than a machine. Leah wanted the back neckline to be close fitting. The border of the lace was too large and sheer to achieve this so I found a smaller lace trim that echoed the fabric in colour, embellishment and design. This was hand stitched on to the lace with tiny darts added to mold to her back.


Sign up for the Threads eletter


Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in


  1. bluefly | | #1

    Lovely dress. All the hand sewing paid off.
    I know your daughter was thrilled.

  2. User avater
    BJ_sews_on | | #2

    All your particular steps come together to make a beautiful dress that fits your daughter beautifully. Great work!

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

More From Threads

Discussion Forum

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More