Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
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Bridesmaid Dress #4: Darcy

Four down, one to go!

You may remember I'm making all of my bridesmaids' dresses.  This one is for my fiancé's big sister, Darcy.  She lives in the Bay Area but was able to come up to Portland for my bridal shower and beach weekend, and I threw her dress together after taking her latest measurements so we could get the fit right while she was here!

It was modeled after this lovely silk chiffon floaty dress from J.Crew:

This one was probably the trickiest to cut out, since I combined two very different patterns for the bodice!

See how I combined the two very different backs?

Darcy has a larger-than-average cup size, so I added some length in the bodice to allow for it.  It ended up being a little long in the shoulders, though, the way I did it--if you try this at home, add the length below the armpit.

Here she is!

The other dresses that are done are Kirstin'sShauna's and Robin's.  All five bridesmaids will be wearing the same pale grey cotton blend, and purple shoes and cardis.

(If you made your bridesmaids' dresses, or did any other DIYs for your wedding, I'd love for you to share them in the Adventures in Dressmaking DIY Weddings Flickr group!!)


  1. Anonymous6/30/2011

    I just love seeing how you replicate these dresses so easily! You are fabulous! I just wanted to give you a heads up about this Ipad giveaway (http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/06/why-i-loved-our-wedding-photographer-.html) because you qualify :D Just thought you might want to try it!

    Alyssa (live. Love. Craft.)

  2. I'm glad you mentioned how to edit the pattern to accomodate a larger-than-average bust. My first thought on seeing this post was "Wow! Her boobs look fantastic!" In a good way.
    My sister's a natural F in the cup, so I know what you mean about having to change the pattern a little to make room for it. And now I know for next time. Which is good, because I owe her a sundress.

  3. You are doing a beautiful job! I love reading the posts leading up to your wedding!

  4. These are all turning out so great! You are one talented lady :) And did I read that right?... you are having 9 bridesmaids....WOWZA. Haha, can't wait to see the rest of them. Love the shoes too!

  5. Thanks!!
    Oops--five bridesmaids total. Just one more dress to finish!

  6. She looks great, and so does that dress!



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