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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > I also need a pattern: Junior Bridesmaid ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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I also need a pattern: Junior Bridesmaid
trying to match bridesmaids dress
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Date: 3/4/08 6:42 PM

I am starting to get desperate, and hope you gals can help me.

I want a junior bridesmaid (size 8) pattern to mimmick the dresses that the adults are wearing. It doesn't have to be a perfect match, just something similar.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff218/xpedite500/bridesmaids/023.jpg This is the photo of the big dress.

I have a pattern for a straight dress already. I have searched through Wal-Mart, Hancock, and online at Ebay, Simplicity, Kwik-sew, Butterick, McCalls, and Vogue for Girls. Their search functions aren't that great. I might have missed something there.

Any ideas on a pattern that is gathered on her left?

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Date: 3/6/08 9:01 AM

hey Cazmen, I just wanted to say I have been there, and it is a very frustrating thing, and really all I can offer is this, take an adult size pattern and cut it down or look at the construction of the gown you have and take a girls pattern that has a simply "A line" cut and just add the panel on the front allowing for the gathers on the left, so when you cut that panel cut it normal on the right side but cut the left with a large curve to it and cut it slightly wider than you will need then adjust it to fit , I hope this helps let us know how it turns out. Debbie

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Date: 3/9/08 6:46 PM

I don't want to seem prudish, but do you *really* want an 8yo in a dress that looks THAT adult?? You can always have a dress that is similar in cut, but not strapless or whatever...just a thought.

Of course, I'm in the middle of doing a 1st Communion dress for a customer, and we were just discussing the fact that the dresses don't have to be all white, and they can be as grown-up as the parents are comfortable with....the mom and I are of the mind that they children are ONLY 8, they have a whole lifetime to dress like adults.

That being said, here are some you may want to consider and that might work with some alterations:

dress 1

dress 2

dress 3

dress 4

Just some ideas. Have you thought about having the dresses the same in color, but in slightly different styles?? Would give it consistency without fear of a dress falling down (most 8yo don't have the figure to keep a strapless up). Just my thoughts, please take them for what they are worth - not an attack, just some thoughts.

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Date: 3/9/08 11:24 PM

Larisa... she says size eight-- does that mean a child of eight? I thought she meant a jr. size eight, not a ladies size eight. I'm probably missing something. However, in general, I think you have a point about us up-dressing little girls.

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Date: 3/10/08 0:29 AM

Larisa found some good options. I agree that the fabric is going to bring more unity that actually matching the pattern. Find a simple a line pattern with straps and use the same fabric. Maybe draft your own left gathers if the pattern would work.

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Date: 3/11/08 1:20 AM

Just for info, David's Bridal sells a Junior Bridesmaid dress in that size in that style with spaghetti straps in several colors, the style # is, JB1675. Might be easier and cheaper than trying to make it. Just go to their web site (davidsbridal.com) and put that style # in the search bar and it will pull up. There are quite a few others out there by companies that copy that design as it is a popular style but David's is usually the least costly.JF

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Date: 3/11/08 1:31 AM

Quote: Larisa
I don't want to seem prudish, but do you *really* want an 8yo in a dress that looks THAT adult?? You can always have a dress that is similar in cut, but not strapless or whatever...just a thought.



Of course, I'm in the middle of doing a 1st Communion dress for a customer, and we were just discussing the fact that the dresses don't have to be all white, and they can be as grown-up as the parents are comfortable with....the mom and I are of the mind that they children are ONLY 8, they have a whole lifetime to dress like adults.



That being said, here are some you may want to consider and that might work with some alterations:



dress 1



dress 2



dress 3



dress 4



Just some ideas. Have you thought about having the dresses the same in color, but in slightly different styles?? Would give it consistency without fear of a dress falling down (most 8yo don't have the figure to keep a strapless up). Just my thoughts, please take them for what they are worth - not an attack, just some thoughts.

I'm sorry, but when did communion dresses begin the acceptence of any color other than white?
As a very active Catholic and producer of these garments, this is the first time I have heard of this. The whole concept of the First Communion is the Purity of the Child and the Purity of the body of Christ, hence the choice of the garment being white to represent such. Did I miss something the church sent out changing this? I'm not being rude, I am truly surprised and wanting to hear about this so I can go to my church with this and confirm it. JF
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Date: 3/12/08 12:44 PM

greco - that is my opinion as well - and I only thought I was Catholic because I went to mass more than my family's church!!

I have no idea when other colors became acceptable, but according to the mom, sometime around the time when women didn't have to have their hair covered!!

In the end, we are doing a white satin with white lining, and lace from Mom's dress over the skirt. can I just say how much I *hate* this dress?? I've made it before and love it, but the fabric is so dang slippery that it's driving me crazy!! And I just noticed last night (after all the cutting) that there are stains on the lace - and I don't have any more to cut!! SO I will be sponging the lace and praying it gets removed.

Larisa

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Date: 3/12/08 11:31 PM

larissa, you may want to tell the mother to clarify that, because I do know that around the time the hair veil was allowed to be foregone, it was the "Confirmation Dress" that allowed some soft colors to be introduced, but never in all the places I've lived have I ever seen or heard this about the communion dress. It would be worth her checking into that. I emailed a "Sister" (Nun) at my church and she said this was not something that was instated by the church. Communion is about purity, hence it doesn't merit the application of color for this event/passage in the Catholic denomination. I'd ask your friend to call and get the Priest there to confirm that. Just my usual 2 cents. JF

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Date: 3/12/08 11:45 PM

I thought in a Catholic church for big-deal ceremonies there sttill needed to be a token headcovering-- am I wrong?

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