So here's the short version of this story:
K, (who lives in PA) is in her brother's wedding which will take place in California (where he and his bride-to-be live.) The bride wanted all of her bridesmaids to have a dress made by a designer she knows in southern CA, out of the fabric she chose.
K, a wife, mother, and full time employee, wasn't able to get away to California an extra time in the months leading up the wedding, as was required by the designer, for fittings, so she found me. I was able to get the same fabric and designed a dress for K that fit her style, while keeping with the feel of the wedding she will be in. Here is the process and the results:
The fabric choices-- straight from Los Angeles. There are 3 pictured, but the color differences are so subtle, it is hard to tell! K chose a Silk knit-- very similar to a silk charmeuse, but with a tiny bit of stretch.
Draping and making the pattern- Because this dress has a very flowy feel to it, I draped the entire dress on the dress form, which was close enough to K's size to be a good starting point.
After the pattern was completed, I stitched together the rest of the muslin, I even tried it on once to see the shape of the neckline on a real human!
K came back for a fitting of the muslin. We adjusted the length of the halter, brought in the bodice a bit and added more gathering to the center front of the skirt. (No pictures of that fitting per K's request.)
Next came cutting and sewing, and I remembered to take exactly one picture during that process:
So here it is, all sewn together! I even made bow ties to match for the ring bearers!
Here is K trying it on during her final fitting! I can't wait to see pics of her in the wedding!
Update: Here is K in the wedding in California!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!