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It always baffles me how I’ve become so much more emotional at weddings in the last few years.

When the violin starts to play, when the bridesmaids walk up to the altar, when everyone sighs at the same time ‘oh, so beautiful’ upon the bride’s appearance in her white gown, when the groom glances at her and they take their vows to happily spend the rest of their lives together, and when he’s calling her his wife for the first time – I love it all. I think it’s beautiful, especially when you know the couple and can clearly see how much they love each other.

I have been lucky enough in the last few years to travel around and share these special moments with my dear friends and their family in beautiful places. The idea of destination weddings is great – being able to get to know the guests before the big day, making experiences and memories with all involved, the fact that the celebration of love is not only limited to one night and reminiscing and laughing at funny stories the following day.

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3 days before the Big Day.. hen night in the beautiful sunset

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Wedding venue

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Happy Couple <3

I can’t help myself wanting to create a dress every time I am invited to a wedding. My mind starts thinking about colours, styles and favourite designer dresses I’ve wanted to recreate for so long. For this occasion, I chose a Roland Mouret dress as my inspiration. Funny, now that I sat down to write this blog post, I also found Erica Bunker’s variation using a Vogue Pattern for the same dress. This body-con dress seems to be popular but no wonder – It is stunning.

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What you need to make this dress.

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Start with taking out the pattern pieces for the body of the dress. However, I did not use the gathered pieces as I wanted to keep the dress with clean lines.  You will find that this dress is put together from diagonal pieces. When done well, it is very flattering for the body shape.

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Take in the darts on the front piece.

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Next, stitch the front pieces together following the diagonal lines. Fold back the front cleavage hem.

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Repeat the same on the back, sew the back pieces together along the diagonal lines.

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Fold and stitch or iron (using a hemming web) the hem on the back neckline.

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Going back to the front, stitch the shoulder pieces to the top of the dress as shown on picture.

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Next, attach the shoulder seams by placing the back shoulder line in between the front shoulder piece. You can use hemming web to make it easier to keep the pieces in their place.

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Stitch through the side seams of the dress.

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Next, trace and cut out the sleeve pattern piece. Hem the sleeve and gather the fabric as suggested by the marks on the pattern.

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Finally, sew the sleeves in their place. 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed this sewing tutorial for a Roland Mouret body-con dress variation. Let me know what you think, have you tried to make it yourself? Do you have a variation similar to this? I would love to know!

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