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A guide to making pretty floral dressing gowns as for gifts for your bridesmaids from Lucy Says I Do

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Handmade floral bridesmaid dressing gowns

Can you imagine making your bridesmaids a beautiful floral dressing gown as a wedding gift to them?  Personally my sewing skills don’t stretch that far, but if yours do then read on to find out how Lucy from Lucy Says I Do created them for her wedding in today’s guest post.

If you’re inspired by Lucy’s handmade wedding, then check out her other guest blog posts for us on her bridesmaids dresses, growing your own wedding flowers, her Edwardian wedding dress, and personalised wedding stationery.

Over to Lucy…

When we got married I wanted to give my bridesmaids something special, something they could keep, something personal to say thank you.  Together with my mum’s help we made each of them their own dressing gown/robe that I gave them the evening before the wedding.  It was a great surprise and they absolutely loved them!

Floral bridesmaid dressing gown

First we bought a simple dressing gown pattern online (from here).  Then when we knew how much fabric we needed for each dressing gown, we bought the fabric.  I decided to make each one different, as a way of showing each bridesmaid’s different personality, so I spent a long time choosing the different fabrics.  I bought the fabric from a variety of places: Shepherds Bush Market and the fabric shops on Goldhawk Road, Etsyebay and Liberty.

Liberty print fabric bridesmaid dressing gown

We followed the pattern to make each dressing gown, pinning the paper to the fabric, then cutting out the pieces and sewing them together carefully.  The first one took quite a while but once we had followed the pattern through a few times, it didn’t take long.

Pretty floral bridesmaid dressing gown gift

I made a special giftbox for each of them, covering a plain brown box with special Japanese decorative paper, and put the dressing gowns inside them, a different cover for each bridesmaid.

Handmade gift boxes

I know not everyone will have the time or the confidence with a sewing machine to make these, so if you’re looking for somewhere to buy something similar, there are some really lovely ones sold by Good Morning Beautiful.

Images: (1 – 4) Mark Tattersall; (5) Lucy Says I Do

Blog post kindly reproduced with permission from Lucy Says I Do.

Comments

Holly on 17. April, 2014

Wow! These are just amazing – what a fabulous idea! You’ve definitely inspired me. I now hope to do something similar for my wonderful bridesmaids.

Charlie

CharlieB on 17. April, 2014

It’s so lovely to hear that Holly, great to know you’ve been inspired :)

Beth on 17. March, 2015

These are so beautiful! I am a basic sewer- so these look like they could be just the challenge I need!

Unfortunately the link to the pattern doesn’t seem to work- are you able to share which pattern you used?

Thank you and well done!
Beth x

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. March, 2015

Hi Beth, I followed the link that Lucy gave and searched through the ‘Kwik Sew’ category as this was what the original broken link mentioned. I found this robe pattern that might work? http://www.sewbox.co.uk/sewing-patterns/kwik-sew-sewing-patterns/kwik-sew-2325-misses-chemise-robe-panties.html

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