Shopping for a wedding reception dress!

For the past 2.5 years, I’ve spent most of my efforts (and pennies) on our DIY wedding so I didn’t really think much about shopping for myself. Also having recently made floral pleated tea dress for a friend’s October wedding, I’m trying to find inspiration for a dress for another upcoming wedding and thinking I’d like to buy a dress for a change. Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy something that’s been made by someone else and that’s where I’m at after spending the first 10 months of this year sewing 7 dresses.

Without further ado, here are my top picks for the upcoming Christmas wedding I’ll be attending.


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Our DIY wedding in photos!

A big thank you to everyone who’s helped make our wedding such a special day, especialy all the family and friends who came from all over the world.If anyone wanted to read about the projects that we were involved in for our wedding, you can click on my blog posts below for more information:

Disclaimer: All photos used in this post have either been taken by myself, family and friends, or our friend Asim of Fuzed Bulb who was our wedding photographer and should not be used anywhere else without prior permission.

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DIY tutorial: the pleated tea party dress

A while back, I had the idea to sew a pleated dress. I felt that the grey tartan fabric was slightly too formal (more work or business appropriate) and I needed a dress to wear for a friend’s wedding over the weekend. I had bought other fabric on Etsy and decided to start using the Chinese blossom watercolour print cotton I bought especially for this dress.


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Wedding wardrobe complete: from start to finish!


My 3 dresses for the wedding: the Chinese wedding dress, the white wedding dress, and the evening reception dress


The Maid of Honour (left) and Bridesmaid dresses

I can’t tell you how satisfied (or how relieved!) I was to have finished all 5 dresses for the wedding: 3 of my own, the Maid of Honour and Bridesmaid dresses. Continue reading “Wedding wardrobe complete: from start to finish!”

Goodbye, Miss T; Hello, Mrs C!

It’s official: I’m now the new (and third!) Mrs C!
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Updates on my wedding dressmaking project: the evening reception dress

I thought when I posted my idea for my evening reception dress that it would have been finished before the summer was over. I think I was getting a bit over-ambitious (or slacking?) because I’m still working on it. I was planning to work on a couple of other exciting dressmaking projects (here and here), but it doesn’t look like I’ll get started (or finished) before the wedding.

The good news is, I’m making good progress with the evening reception dress though with only 9 hours worth of cutting, pinning and sewing (by machine and by hand)!


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Dressmaking project: the Bridesmaid dress

I managed to quickly get my sister’s maid of honour dress cut and sewn in record time (14.5 hours is the quickest I’ve ever managed to get a dress made). I wanted to get both dresses posted out at the same time to my friend in Germany and my sister in Hong Kong, so it meant working fast so they’ve got plenty of time to try it on and get it altered before the wedding.

In my previous post, I explained that my sister and friend both luckily were quite happy with dresses from the same pattern, so while my sister opted for the sleeveless dress, my friend prefered the halter neck dress which is what I slaved over this past weekend to get done.


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New dressmaking project: cut out back dress!

The sewing bug has definitely hit me hard! I’m constantly looking around for new ideas, fabric and patterns to start working on! The inspiration hit me at the most random moment when I thought: I looked at those cut out back dresses before, I’d really like to make one. I have a few dresses on the go to make after the wedding sewing is finished, but when the bug hits, I like to keep a few projects on the side to keep me going and inspired to create more beautiful garments.

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Dressmaking project: the Maid of Honour dress

With work having been quite hectic, I had to put my wedding dressmaking projects to the side. It wasn’t easy as I’ve still got 1 maid of honour and 1 bridesmaid dress to do. All the details were hashed out ages ago and I was lucky enough to have just the right pattern (the Simplicity 2579 that I bought for another project maxi dress I was working on) for both dresses.


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Dressmaking project: the evening reception glam LBD

I was trying to decide on the material to use for my evening reception dress, I came across the silver and gold lace fabric with the black undertones. I was swithering between them only because I’m partial to silver, but eventually a work friend of mine convinced me to go with the gold and I couldn’t agree more. The next issue I had though was deciding what coloured fabric to use underneath.


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