Going to the Wedding Dress 2

22 Apr

Sewing Alert –click away now if you´d rather read a recipe!  Why not try this one for a change of scenery.

The second dress, a Butterick Pattern (B5556) was finished in time for the wedding last night. Ooh it was a typical late night, so am feeling rather jaded today.

As I stood in the garden asking Big Man to take some snaps for the blog, the wind whipped up and you can´t really see  the general soft meringueness of the skirt with the petticoat underneath (with a layer removed).

I did a few twirls to show off the five, yes five, metres each of skirt and lining which I finished the same way at the Going to the Wedding Dress 1.

Give us a twirl!

I hand stitched the zip, which turned out well and was very happy with the dress apart from having needed to be a little braver in taking the waist in a little more. I loved the stand up/fold down collar.

Elvis Collar

Hey ho, at least it meant I could eat in comfort.

And there was plenty of room in the dress for hugging and kissing the bride and groom, most of the 500 guests (gulp…that´s not a wedding, it´s a Corporate Event) and eating cake.


81 Responses to “Going to the Wedding Dress 2”

  1. kalamitykelli April 22, 2012 at 16:44 #

    beautiful dress! Perfect wedding attire!

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 16:47 #

      Thank you – here they tend to wear evening gowns, but I enjoyed wearing this!

  2. gardenfreshtomatoes April 22, 2012 at 16:48 #

    LOVE the dress – it turned out great.
    Beautiful wedding shots, too…
    Now, go nurse your aching head… 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 16:56 #

      Thank you! We were sensible, fortunately, with the booze as the wedding was a good drive away but these events start and finish so late. We left just after 2am (shortly after the cake had been cut!) and were among the early leavers. Once the summer fiestas get into full swing I´ll be back in the rhythm of these super late nights but today I feel like I have jet lag as I can´t sleep in all morning. A sign of age I guess 😦

  3. thecompletecookbook April 22, 2012 at 17:01 #

    Oh Tanya, you look gorgeous in your beautiful dress! I WANT ONE TOO!!! So when can I come for a fitting? I honestly would love a dress just like that but think I would like the extra layer of petty coat please. 😀
    The bride and groom look gorgeous too – what a lovely couple. I was once told that the amount of layers to your wedding cake is how many children you want to have…
    🙂 Mandy

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:21 #

      Thank you Mandy – it was fun to wear a petticoat with a bit of oomph! Would love to make you a dress…come on over for your first fitting 😉 Crieky, the young couple had better get cracking…how many layers was it on the cake?!

  4. ChgoJohn April 22, 2012 at 17:27 #

    Lookin’ good, Tanya! Your hard work certainly paid off. That dress looks beautiful and you look beautiful in it. Well done!

  5. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise April 22, 2012 at 18:24 #

    You look great my friend and I love how the dress turned out
    You are really talented and elegant 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:28 #

      Thank you Sawsan – I was so pleased with how it turned out (and I can easily sort out the waist) and it was fun to wear!

  6. Barbara April 22, 2012 at 18:26 #

    You look amazing. I am in awe of your never ending talents. Go girl

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 18:31 #

      Ah thanks Babs – that means a lot! I look at photos of me know and think – who is that matronly looking woman, where did the young girl go?! But then I realise I am happy and comfortable “in my skin” and get things back into perspective!

  7. promenadeplantings April 22, 2012 at 18:43 #

    FABULOUS!! Sorry did I shout that and remind you that you had a late night 😉

  8. Simply Tia April 22, 2012 at 19:41 #

    Tanya! Tanya! Tanya! You look fabulous and gorgeous!!! My eyes literally lit up when I saw this post. I love how nicely the dress complements your figure! Go girl!

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:37 #

      Thank you Tia 🙂 I have, shall we say, quite an ample figure, so it´s hard to find nice things, but I loved this and felt girly and glamorous in it!

  9. ceciliag April 22, 2012 at 19:59 #

    fabulous dress on a beautiful woman!! you sparkle, and that CAKE! oo la la! are there two weddings? where did you wear your other dress to?.. c

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:43 #

      You are very kind celi – I have to work with what God gave me! No, just the one wedding but I went ahead and made the second dress which had sleeves as the weather turned chilly. Now I have two lovely dresses to wear to Fiestas..we also have a christening late this year…twins are on the way for another member of Big Man´s family!

  10. themateriallady April 22, 2012 at 20:03 #

    The second dress looks wonderful – well done for turning out something so lovely under pressure!

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:45 #

      I took your advice and went slow and steady – apart from the collar (which was a little tricky but once I´d worked it out it made perfect sense!) the rest of the dress was pretty straightforward and I really enjoyed making it. Thanks for your kind words!

  11. Jane's sew & tell April 22, 2012 at 20:35 #

    Fabulous dress! Where did you get that fabric?

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:46 #

      Thank you – I bought the fabric last time I was in London in my old neighbourhood, Tooting Broadway. There is an indoor market and an Indian family there have an amazing collection of really reasonable fabrics.

  12. chaiselongue1 April 22, 2012 at 20:46 #

    It looks lovely, especially the twirly skirt. And what an amazing wedding cake – I’ve never seen one with so many layers, but I suppose it was needed for 500 guests!

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:47 #

      Ah, thank you! I did enjoy twirling last night 😉 Yes, it was a pretty tall cake….I didn´t actually get to taste it as I was so full by the end of the meal 😦

  13. restlessjo April 22, 2012 at 21:11 #

    I love a happy ever after!

    • Chica Andaluza April 22, 2012 at 21:24 #

      I think this one will be – they´re very well suited and both lovely people!

  14. ooobop! April 22, 2012 at 21:20 #

    Amazing dress! You look amazing!! 🙂

  15. Michelle April 23, 2012 at 02:16 #


  16. Mad Dog April 23, 2012 at 02:22 #

    That looks like a fantastic dress (yours and the brides). Interesting cake too 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 08:24 #

      Mmm yes, very typical cake here…reminds me of my birthday cake when I was a kid (just the little one on the top though!).

  17. Karen April 23, 2012 at 03:22 #

    I love the dress! I think it is so nice that you have a dress that totally flatters you…and you made it yourself. I’m sure you got lots of compliments at the celebration.

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 08:25 #

      Thanks Karen – yes, people were very lovely, I even have someone who wants me to make one for her now!

      • Karen April 23, 2012 at 13:18 #

        That is terrific.

  18. Just A Smidgen April 23, 2012 at 05:07 #

    Tanya… this dress is superb! I love the skirt.. the twirl the color.. the pattern.. all of it!! It must have been so wonderful dancing in this dress, it’s sooo romantic!!! You’re really inspiring me to sew again.. it’s been so long since I’ve made anything!

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 08:26 #

      Definitely a dress for dancing in! Go on, get that sewing machine out…it´s fun 😉

  19. mcfdekker April 23, 2012 at 08:21 #

    Nice and twirly!! 🙂 Really good job!

  20. TBM April 23, 2012 at 09:07 #

    Great dress…I’m always so jealous of your skills! 500 guests…I don’t think I would be able to conjure up 150…wow!

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 11:42 #

      Me neither…and I don´t think I´d want to. I´m more of an initimate gathering kind of party person!

      • TBM April 23, 2012 at 11:44 #

        For me, it makes it more special…but to each their own.

      • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 12:09 #

        Totally agree!

  21. Tandy April 23, 2012 at 11:18 #

    lovely dress – and so nice to ‘meet’ you! I think this is the first photo we have seen of you?

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 11:39 #

      Thanks Tandy – yes, I´ve been a bit shy in the past!

  22. trevorhunt April 23, 2012 at 11:25 #

    Pretty as a picture! That cake looks pretty good too!

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 11:39 #

      Thank you Trevor and good to see you back in Blogland!

  23. PendleStitches April 23, 2012 at 12:38 #

    You look BEAUTIFUL! That dress is stunning. Gorgeous!

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 16:19 #

      Thank you Evie, I was pleased with how it turned out!

      • PendleStitches April 23, 2012 at 19:22 #

        You jolly well should be 😉 It’s too adorable and so beautifully made.

  24. niasunset April 23, 2012 at 12:47 #

    Wonderful dress… You seem so beautiful… And happy marriage to them… Thank you dear Chica, with my love, nia

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 16:19 #

      Thank you Nia – I too wish them a long and happy marriage!

  25. Michi April 23, 2012 at 13:57 #

    ¡Que guapa eres!! And your sewing skills – wow! – the dress is absolutely lovely and classy. You’re a jane-of-all-trades – gardening, huerta-ing, living abroad, cooking, sewing…. As they say: “¡Que apañá eres!” 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 16:18 #

      Muchísimas gracias – a Jane of all trades, love it! I love that word “apañá” as well, Big Man uses it a lot 🙂

  26. Melissa Kayser April 23, 2012 at 15:11 #


  27. Florence April 23, 2012 at 15:29 #

    I say! You scrub up well! 🙂 Only joking. You look stunning. Love the dress. The fabric is gorgeous.
    Regards Florence x

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 16:25 #

      Actually, I was laughing saying to Big Man that previously I never went out without heels and full “war paint” now it´s the other way round – it felt a little odd to be wearing tights (yuk!), heels and make up!

  28. Kate Abbott - Clifton Kitchen April 23, 2012 at 16:45 #

    The dress looks lovely and so do you! very nice fabric, fabulous style and Im sure you had a lot of fun making it.

    • Chica Andaluza April 23, 2012 at 19:40 #

      Thank you so much Kate – I did indeed enjoy making it and I learned a lot from the experience!

  29. JamieAnne April 23, 2012 at 21:42 #

    What a lovely dress you’ve made!!!

  30. Bluejellybeans April 23, 2012 at 23:48 #

    Cute dress Tanya! You look stunning 🙂

  31. dreamingthruthetwilight April 24, 2012 at 18:39 #

    Got here in a roundabout way suring through one blog after another.:-) Loved your dress and loved you in it. And those biscuits sound yummy. Will try it out:-)

    • Chica Andaluza April 29, 2012 at 10:45 #

      Thanks for popping round and making such a lovely comment!

  32. Ria April 25, 2012 at 17:44 #

    Aaaaaah! You looka lovely Chick! xxxx

  33. Charles April 25, 2012 at 23:56 #

    Great job Chica – I hate to think what would happen if I tried making something to wear. My wife has some skills but tends to “give up” half way too. She made me a “scarf” once and gave up when it was about 50cm long… grr!

  34. Olga SE April 27, 2012 at 14:00 #

    Tanya, nice to see you at last! 🙂 You look wonderful! And I know how it feels to wear a dress you’ve sewn with your own hands. No clothes bought from a shop lets one feel the same comfort.

    • Chica Andaluza April 29, 2012 at 11:00 #

      Thank you Olga! Yes, it did feel good to wear (both from the thought that I had made it, to the fact that it was lined and felt so nice)!

  35. peasepudding April 29, 2012 at 06:44 #

    Lovely fabric, well done making your own frock for the wedding.

  36. bitsandbreadcrumbs April 29, 2012 at 18:27 #

    Gorgeous fabric and I love the lines of the dress. And you really look so beautiful in it, Tanya! What fun it must be to have tailor made beautiful clothes to wear. I wish I had the sewing talent, but it is one that passed me over completely, sadly.

    • Chica Andaluza April 30, 2012 at 06:55 #

      Thank you so much Betsy – I´m not sure if I had the sewing gene or not, but trial and error (lots of error!) got me to this point!

  37. Calico Stretch May 1, 2012 at 02:45 #

    Fantastic dress and I love that the fabric gives you a sash from shoulder to waist. Very cool. Twirl away … How clever you are :o)

    • Chica Andaluza May 1, 2012 at 13:15 #

      Thank you, I had to go and look at the photo and yes, it does give me a sash from shoulder to waist. Shame the waist and chest are so wide! Thank you for your lovely words!

  38. Fired Up Cooking SA May 13, 2012 at 15:22 #

    What a lovely dress, Chica, and you looked stunning in it! I read every detail of both these sewing posts, it was so interesting. You are very talented, and sewing is a lovely way to spend a rainy day! Glad you had a great time at the wedding. 🙂

  39. Rak Sepatu Gantung August 8, 2016 at 02:40 #

    really beautifull dress, looks young and fresh!

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