DIY wedding guest dress #1: a plumetis Peony Dress

by Ladulsatina
DIY wedding guest dress #1: a plumetis Peony Dress

The wedding season got started also this year with the arrival of spring. This is the dress I sewed and wore for a wedding at the end of May.

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton: front

It’s a Peony Dress by Colette Patterns made with a plumetis cotton fabric I bought at Tessuti e Scampoli in Milan. I like this kind of fabric and I bought it in two colours: deep green and dark grey. I’m going to use the dark grey one for a blouse. It’s a very light fabric with an embroidered pattern, perfect for summertime.

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton

I chose to make a sleeveless version of Peony Dress.

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton: side

I finished the armholes and the neckline off with a hidden bias tape (I didn’t use the facing provided for the neckline). It’s a very simple technique that let you finish the edges off in a precise and neat way. You can use a bias binding or you can cut your own bias strip with your fabric (here is a nice tutorial for applying a hidden bias tape).

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton: finishing details - bias binding

I think that the defect on the neckline has been caused by the elimination of the facing or the sleeves: the neckline came out to be a little bit loose and this has caused a crease. Probably I would have had to sew a lower neckline in order to avoid this problem…I don’t know…

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton: front and silhouette

I finished the inside off with the serger.

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton: hem detail

I’ve already sewed a Peony Dress (it was the first dress I made) and I remember a lot of problems in finding the right fit on the back (I thought it was because of my lack of experience, seen that it was my first dress). Actually I had a lot of problems this time too and I had to cut off up to 5 cm in some points. I was in a hurry to finish my dress off for the wedding, so I didn’t sew a perfect back. In fact the low part of the back has to be adjusted because it’s a little bit loose in some points and it creates a defect.

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton: back

Anyway Peony is one of my favourite dresses. With its simple and chic silhouette, it’s perfect for any occasions. Here I am on the day of the wedding:

Ladulsatina Sewing - Peony Dress in plumetis cotton: wedding guest outfit

I matched the dress with a handmade pochette (Made in Italy by Kawaii).

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6 comments

Miriam 16 Giugno 2015 - 21:32

What a wonderful dress combined with such a beautiful fabric. A great choice for a wedding guest dress.
Greetings from Germany,
Miriam

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LaDulsaTina 17 Giugno 2015 - 13:43

Thank you Miriam! I really like this fabric…the next one is going to become a blouse ;) Can’t wait.
All the best from Italy!

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Hilde 18 Giugno 2015 - 14:02

This dress is gorgeous! Such a classic and versatile silhouette. Pinning the pattern for sure!

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LaDulsaTina 24 Giugno 2015 - 12:33

Thank you Hilde! :)

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Juls 13 Marzo 2016 - 16:16

I loved your first Peony and admired your bravery at the time as a first dress… :)
This is lovely too, will there be a third? :)

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LaDulsaTina 14 Marzo 2016 - 17:32

Maybe…who knows ;) I love Peony silhouette and I wore it a lot last summer: This kind of cotton is very light and it’s perfect for a hot summer day.

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