Help me design a dress for my friend's wedding!
I am so excited to be a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding (I've never done it before, and she is also in my wedding 3 weeks later!). I'm having fun helping her with DIYs and watching both of our weddings develop--they will both be really fun and cute.
She will have four bridesmaids, and we each get to pick our dress in red or orange. Of course I wanted to make mine, so I haven't done it yet, waiting to see what the other bridesmaids choose. But I had in mind something full-skirted and retro. I don't usually wear bright red, but the fabric I bought is BRIGHT lipstick/fire engine red cotton sateen. Would make a nice flared or pleated skirt, and I have enough for a variety of bodice options. I was imagining something like one of these ModCloth cuties...
Or these from Anthro:
Or these from J.Crew, the classic source for classy bridesmaid dresses!
But none of them seem perfect...
I was thinking about a halter, strapless bodice, full or ruffled skirt, or something with a cute self-fabric belt. A little retro, very classic... but still waiting to see what the other bridesmaids got. I want to sort of coordinate.
Now the other three have bought their dresses, none of which are anything like what I was picturing...
One of the bridesmaid's dresses is kind of like this, a darker red:
One of them is a dress kind of like the one in this random picture I took with my phone at Marshall's one time, but in very bright red:
And one is this (Helmut Lang?) dress from Nordstrom, totally different than the others...
So now I'm faced with a dilemma. If I do something cute and strapless or halter or full-skirted, I will definitely be the only one in such a classically-shaped dress. I'm okay with that, but I want it to be different enough that it's clear it was intentional, but not so different that I don't look like I'm one of the bridesmaids.
I am out of ideas for actual design of the dress. I have a few favorite patterns I've been thinking about using:
But I still don't really know what I want the final shape to be. I need your help!!
What would you do? Post a link to the perfect dress, if you've seen it, or throw in your two cents about bridesmaid coordination! I would love your input before I cut out the dress!
Update: Here's what I made!