Drape drape bridesmaids dresses

Hello everyone, I hope all is well. Some time back I posted that I had purchased all three of the Drape Drape books. I could not restrain myself because I fell in love with an item from each of those books. I will interject here to state that I have only made 1 item (altered) from the book thus far. At least I have the books, all I need now is some time.

For these bridesmaids dresses I made an altered pattern using the no.2 one piece side drape top from Hisako Sato drape drape 2. Most people tend to make this item due to it's simplicity and beauty.

1 of the bridesmaids is a very close friend of mine and she showed me the design the bride wanted. It is a dress from David's bridal. One shoulder with a side sweep bow detail and flower sash. I made all the pieces but the bridal party opted to go without the bow in the end.

One shoulder draped dress with mikado bow detail.  One-shoulder side-draped dress in matte crepe with black mikado bow detail.  Personalize with sashes and accessories.  Available online and in select stores in Ebony, Amethyst and Charcoal.  Paired with VW370014 floral sash.  Paired with VW370092 platform sandal with ankle strap and metal-and-crystal details.  Sizes 16-26 available in stores and online in select colors.  Fully lined. Side zip. Imported. Dry clean.
One Shoulder Draped Dress with Mikado Bow Detail 

I thought that the drape drape pattern will do well to create this style. I adjusted the pattern to make it one shoulder and to add lots of gathers to the top of the dress. The trickiest part was creating a perfect side seam that did not affect the drapes and also adding the gathers to the top without widening the hem. 

The original pattern layout

my altered pattern

Here is the dress on the dress form. It sits beautifully but with movement it seldom stays like that. The dress was made from satin chiffon and Peau de soie for the lining. The bow and sashes were made using charcoal taffeta. 

Dress front

Dress back

Side view

The dress in the making. I was too lazy to take of the orange dress I was also making below it. 
Overall this project was very time consuming but it turned out beautifully. What I disliked most was the little complaints here and there from the bridesmaids but it all worked out well in the end. My first bridesmaids dresses were most challenging but I'm glad I jumped at it. What are some of your challenging firsts?


More bridesmaids dresses

Hey guys. I hope all is well with you and yours. It's been quite some time since I've posted.  lt's because I'm so very busy....as usual.... At the moment I'm making bridesmaids dresses again but for the wedding of good friends. I have 6 dresses to make in less than 3 weeks...... Hot water for me! Here is the bodice of the dress for the maid-of-honour. I hope they all turn out as lovely as this bodice looks on the dressform. I am no professional and these client projects always make me nervous but I'll get through it by the grace of God. Hopefully you will hear from me soon.