As the weather starts to warm and wedding season begins, brides across the country are scrambling. Not only are they trying to find the perfect fit for their own dress, but they also have a gaggle of bridesmaids to dress, each with their own personal sense of style and body shape. From short, cocktail-style dresses adorned with sequins, to long and lacy ensembles almost as ornate as the bridal gown itself, it can be difficult to find a style that fits each wedding aesthetic. Enter the Iberis Gown, the perfect way to customize your own wedding party’s garments!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1.5 yards Aqua 3D Floral Beaded and Embroidered Tulle
- 3 yards Baby Blue Silk 4-Ply Crepe
- 10 yards Baby Blue Silk Chiffon
- Pastel Blue 24″ Invisible Zipper
- Dritz Size 1 Nickel Hook & Eyes
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated.
The entire gown is lined with Mood’s gorgeous 4-ply crepe, which both feels and looks terrific. To start on the garment, double fold the bodice lining pieces and 1/8″ and press, like you see below.
Align each lining piece with its respective overlay piece and hand sew them together along the top, folded edge of the lining.
Stay-stitch around each panel to keep the lining in place along the overlay pieces. Remove any beads from the overlay that fall in your seam allowance.
Connect the center front and side front pieces along the princess seams. Add the darts to the back bodice panels before sewing the front of your bodice to the back at the shoulders. Add your sleeves, matching up the notches, and finish up the inseam and sides of the gown bodice.
Sandwich your bodice between the faces of your waistband and waistband lining and sew along the top seam of the band, like below.
Sew all 11 of your skirt panels together: center front with 4 panels to either side and two back panels split at the center back seam. Attach the skirt to the bottom edge of your waistband, like you see below. Add the skirt lining, made up of a skirt front and two back panels, and then slip-stitch the waistband lining down at the bottom edge.
Lastly, hem your skirt as well as the lining before inserting an invisible zipper and sewing up the center back seam of the skirt. The zipper should start at the top of the bodice lining and go down towards the skirt. Roll the hem of the remaining center back of the bodice as well as the neckline and add a hook & eye closure at the top of the center seam.
My favorite aspect of this gown is its versatility. Color choice, fabric choice and style choices can completely change the look and mood of the dress! Go with a more traditional lace for a more boho-themed wedding or opt for a deeper color palette for those autumn events! For summer parties, you could even decide to skip the sleeves or rework the neckline. Let me know what alterations you’re thinking up in the comments below!