Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on March 30, 2015
Today I’d like to share some pictures of dresses that my customers have made using the Edelweiss Patterns designs. I’ve been wanting to share these for a while, but I thought this was good timing since March of 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. What better way to celebrate than with costumes inspired by the von Trapps? 😉
A Liesl Style Wedding Dress
I was so excited when Jill emailed me saying she was making her wedding dress from my “Liesl’s Party Dress Pattern“! By simply lengthening the skirt pieces from below-the-knee to floor length, she arrived at a very elegant gown that gives a definite nod to The Sound of Music without looking costumy at all.
Jill also omitted the lower sleeve puffing for a more timeless look, and I was so thrilled to see how her dress turned out! It’s actually quite easy to lengthen the skirt pieces to create a more formal gown with this pattern, and I am hoping to write a tutorial soon on how to proportionately lengthen the skirt…
Jill says, “This dress was a joy to sew and wear for one of the happiest days of my life! I got married November 8th in a dress I made from your Liesl’s Dress Pattern. I left off the puffing on the lower sleeves and lengthened the skirt and used a pearl sash instead of a ribbon on my waist.
After I had the initial dress construction finished I went to a professional seamstress to have the skirt hemmed… I was so afraid of ruining it if I tried to do those things myself! Every one thought it was beautiful! I was so happy to have found a timeless, beautiful pattern from my favorite movie.” It is always so wonderful to see people enjoying the patterns I’ve put out!
I LOVE Jill’s veil with the wide ribbon edging. It’s certainly much more elegant than the typical veil which has a pencil hem edge.
And there’s another beautiful close-up shot of Jill on her wedding day here on her blog.
A Gorgeous Teal Dancing Dress
Gwen made this lovely dress for her daughter using our “Liesl’s Dancing Dress Pattern“. She writes, “Again, thank you for the pattern. It was my first formal dress making and it was a breeze with your clear instructions. I made this for her senior pictures. She looked simply lovely in it. Here are some of the pictures she had done.”
Didn’t she do a beautiful job? I really love the fact that she used a more jewel tone color, because most of the versions I’ve seen that people have made with this pattern (and there have been dozens!) have all been pastel. I think the most creative color I’ve seen before this one was a pale lavender, which was still not too far off from the original version. So seeing the dress made up in teal makes me want to make myself one in a bolder color!
Rebekah’s Graduation Dress
Then I received an email from Rebekah, who wrote, “Here’s a picture of the finished dress that my mom made right for my college graduation. I love it SO much!!!”
I love it, too, Rebekah! The satin material and wider binding at the neckline and sleeves are lovely, and the mint ribbon is possibly even better than the original yellow sash. And those matching mint colored vintage shoes are adorable! (This dress was also made from the “Liesl’s Party Dress Pattern“.)
Liesl’s Party Dress for Easter
This spring dress was made by Katrina Cheshire who has appeared on this blog a few different times over the last couple years when she has sent in photos made from some of my other patterns. (You can see her gorgeous “Liesl” Christmas dress here.) This one was made from the “Liesl’s Party Dress Pattern”, but as you can see she substituted lace for the usual organza sheer neck puffing, which looks really lovely! Katrina (no relation to me who has the same name), writes: “I wanted to send you some pictures of another Liesl’s Party Dress that I made for Easter in cream brocade and lace. I love the pattern so much I had to make another dress!”
Well, I hope you all have been having a wonderful spring, and I’ll try to update the blog more regularly going forward for the rest of this year! I have probably close to a dozen new dresses I’ve made over the last year that I just haven’t time to add to the blog yet, but hopefully soon that will be changing! There’s a 1950s dress in particular which would make a perfect Easter dress, so I am planning to get pictures up by next week.