Wednesday, October 28, 2015

50s Inspired Minty Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses - McCalls 6466

I'm so excited to finally be making this post!!! It has been a long time coming. Last year I was honored to make 5 bridesmaid dresses for a dear friend of mine who loves vintage style as much as I do. She chose McCalls 6466, a super fun dress with TONS of tulle.

When I read reviews, a lot of people ended up cutting out some of the tulle, and we considered it at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go all out. I mean, that's what's so fun about this dress, right?

The first thing I had to do was find matching tulle, though. We ordered some mint, but it was a bit greener than the other fabric, so I started trying to mix and match tulle to add a little blue in. You can see the difference here!

The skirt uses essentially 36 yards of tulle! We did 4 layers of the mint, one of the light blue/aqua, and one of the dark green which worked really well. Here's what my line-up of tulle looked like after I had cut out all the panels for the skirt!

And here's how it looked as I sewed, lol. Patience, patience, and more patience was needed as I added layer after layer, and then gathered them all together. I couldn't wait to see how it all looked together!!

Finally got it all together and on the dress form. LOVED the result!!

Then I got to fit all the dresses on the girls. For one of the fittings, my friend Stephanie came over to shoot! It was so much fun, and we got some great shots! Check out Stephanie's photography page on Facebook here. :-)

Such a fun time! Finally, once all the dresses had been fitted, the day had come. The gorgeous bride wore her grandmother's vintage dress at the ceremony, which her grandmother made herself!

I made Mom's purple MOB dress too! :-)

Then she had another fabulous vintage dress to wear at the reception!

And I was able to snap a quick pic with all the ladies! Oh, did I mention one of them was expecting?!?! Lol! We altered hers to have a stretchy back, and fortunately it worked out well! It had me a little nervous in the months leading up, though, haha.

I think this expresses how we should all feel when wearing a super full twirly tulle dress! ;-)
It was such a great experience, and I feel blessed to have a friend that is as crazy about vintage as I am who gave me this opportunity!


Ramona Strojevs said...

Wow, oh wow. STUNNING. I love the colors, and it all came together so so so beautifully!!!

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Adriene Grzenia said...

Fantastic work. So classy and beautiful.

Stephanie said...

Thanks ladies!!

Laurie Brown said...

How gorgeous they are! I love how the different tulle colors give an almost iridescent effect.

McCall Pattern said...

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Carrie Cunningham said...

The dresses are sew, sew, sew beautiful! Nicely done!

Carrie Cunningham said...

The dresses are sew, sew, sew beautiful! Nicely done!

Unknown said...

So Nice!!! I try to do one like This but i don't know how to cut the skirt....? Could you help me with a photo for example of the pattern? Thanks a lot ( it's for my wedding !)