Friday, July 15, 2011

Opinion Needed: Matron of Honor dress

I am so excited! My little sister is getting married in October and I get to be her matron-of-honor for the wedding. :) They are having a small ceremony and she wants a Gothic feel to her wedding so she told me to just get a dress that fits that theme. Heh heh... I can do that! I originally ordered this dress from Roaman's:

I thought it was pretty, simple, could easily be "gothed up" and, best of all, it was on sale AND I had a 40% coupon so I got a good deal on it. When I received it, the seams were extremely puckered and the pleating across the bodice hung in a horrible, unflattering way. And it wasn't from me not filling it out! The lining was rather snug across the boobages.

So I returned it in exchange for another. The seams were better but I still had the same issue with the pleating. So I've decided to make my own. Here are my plans. :) And yes, that is indeed TV dinner paper that I wrote on.

If you click here, you will see my wedding dress which uses the same pattern I plan to use for this dress. The dresses on either side of me were made from the same pattern as well. I had 3 dresses in my wedding. :)

The body of the dress is flattering on me, I think. I'm thinking a simple short sleeve would be best so i am going to use the sleeve off an old t-shirt as my pattern. I can add details, if needed, to it later. Here are my conundrums:

  • Should I leave the bodice plain black like the skirt of the dress?

  • Or should I break up the plain black a little by either doing a black lace overlay or finding a pretty black brocade?

  • If I do a plain black bodice, should the sleeves be plain black or lace or some sort of see-through material?

  • If the bodice is dolled up, what should I do with the sleeves?

I'm just at a loss on what I want to do here and would really appreciate feedback! And, if it helps, below is my sister's dress. Very simple and elegant so I don't want to do anything that could detract from her in anyway. There are no other girls in the wedding party.


  1. I don't know what to tell you about the plain back v. lacy textured back, but I will tell you I've had a ton of problems with Roamanns lately. Specifically a military jacket that looked great in the catalogue but hideous in person. Good luck with your dress and congrats to your sister !

  2. Thanks, Meg! I normally have good luck with Roamans so this was a big disappointment. I know the jacket you are referring to... I almost got it myself! :)

  3. I think that since your sister's dress is very elegant and simple your dress should also be simpler. I'd vote for the plain black bodice and some lacey sleeves. Good luck and I can't wait to see what you create! And add my congrats to your sister too!

  4. Thank you, Christina! I will definitely be posting at least the finished product. :)


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