My sewing friends, I am in desperate need of some design assistance.
As you may know, my daughter’s wedding is coming up this fall and, oh, the days are passing with lightening speed. My MOB dress has finally arrived and is ready to go for alteration tomorrow (it’s much too long, and the bodice is considerably “off”). This flowy, chiffon dress was actually from the bridesmaid’s collection, and it’s black, but my daughter selected it – she loves it and I do, too. What then, is the issue?
It is sleeveless, a configuration that simply won’t work for me, and as I don’t want to wear all black, some adjustments are in order. I’m at a loss.
Below is the dress as worn by a real person, grabbed from personal reviews on David’s Bridal website, and the details are clearly shown (3 ruffles front and back, lined chiffon, satin belt).
I’ve tried a number of toppers:
a silver, fine knit bolero – sloppy, too casual, and uninteresting.
a black lace and sequins cropped jacket – so-so, and so much black.
and this loose, silvery, shiny cropped number with flutter sleeves – way too loose, shapeless, unflattering and soundly rejected by the bride, as it should have been.
My online search revealed a no longer available jacket (I believe sold originally as a set) that met with approval from both of us. Daughter likes that it is fitted, matte, and not sheer, as do I. However, my concerns are that it is too structured and formal for this dress and the beach setting, and that it might difficult to execute.
Here’s where you come in.
- Do you know of a pattern similar to this?
- Would it be simple enough for me to sew?
- What fabric would work to add the proper amount of structure to such a flowy dress?
- How do I make the black dress and gray jacket work well together?
- Would black piping help to connect the two pieces?
- Should the dress’ black satin belt be changed?
- Should I abandon all hope and keep looking in RTW?
I am most grateful for any help and advice.