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Moriah’s 16th Birthday Dress

16th birthday dress

For my sister Moriah’s 16th birthday, I made her a “dream dress”. We combined some of her favorite details with her favorite color and came up with this! I based the sleeves off of a vintage patttern, but otherwise I created the pattern just for my sister.

modest sweet 16 birthday dress

Detailing like piped midriff, full-circle skirt, and gathered raglan sleeves were inspired by vintage 1950s dresses

I hand-finished everything that would show from the right side, including the sleeve edges and skirt hem (all 6 yards of it). Even the lapped side zipper is stiched in with pick stitches. The shot tafetta really shows off the movement of the full skirt, and I cut the bodice to show off the different shades as well – midriff=crosswise, bodice=lengthwise, sleeves=bias. One of Moriah’s favorite details is piping, so I used it on either side of the midriff band as well as to finish the neckline. It was also important to her that the sleeves not be binding at all – she likes to do ballroom dancing – so I made cap sleeves cut on the bias. After dancing at her birthday party, she says they’re perfect!

Vintage inspired orange dress

No back zipper! If you look closely, you can see the lapped side zipper in this photo.

To finish off the outfit, Bethany (13-year-old sister) made a matching hair flower out of taffeta scraps!


3 comments on “Moriah’s 16th Birthday Dress

  1. Rebekah
    January 6, 2013

    That’s a lovely dress, Jordan! You did a great job! 🙂

    To the KING be all the glory!

  2. Jessica
    April 1, 2013

    Beautiful dress! You did an amazing job with the pattern!

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