I was able to make my friend a custom dress recently! She browsed Pinterest and picked out a few things she liked and colors she liked. I went off her inspiration board to create her a custom dress.
A few things she wanted in the dress:
I used McCall’s M7083 as a starting point and made adjustments and customizations from there. I basically only used the pattern pieces to cut out the dress and assembled the dress my own way. I used a couture hidden seam technique for the lace bodice so you wouldn’t see the princess seams on the lace. I also wanted to use the scalloped edge of the lace as the bottom of the bodice instead of adding it as trim later. To do this I left about 1-2″ of lace free hanging from the bodice sides and tacked it down after the skirt was sewn on.
I installed an invisible zipper in the back and used french seams on the chiffon seams. To create a clean finish inside, I hand stitched the lining down to the skirt instead of leaving it open. This created a nice finish to the inside of the garment.
This dress was so much fun to make. I loved making someone else’s vision for a dress come to life! On top of that, I think there is extra love that goes into sewing a garment for someone else. Things that I probably would have called good enough for me, wasn’t good enough for someone else. I unpicked seams, and fixed mistakes to the best of my ability. Nothing is ever perfect, but I did my best work on it and am very proud of how it turned out!