DIY bridesmaid dress in jersey knit?

by DIY wedding planner on July 26, 2012

I was thinking I could sew a dress like this but in a full length in turquoise for my bridesmaids… It would be pretty simple and cost about $10 a dress (if that!). Do you guys think jersey knit type fabric is OK for a semi-formal type wedding? Has anyone ever been to a wedding where this fabric was used? Any ideas about how to dress it up a little?
Oh, I would use a nice interlocking knit fabric, more $$ than a jersey knit, nicer feel and look, I just know it isn’t traditional and wanted some input. I mean Alfred Angelo has it but who knows what those fashion designers are thinking sometimes.

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amyhpete July 26, 2012 at 6:09 am

Are you a skilled enough seamstress to make all those tucks and gathers? Because that’s what really makes the dress. I think they would be beautiful and simple with some turquoise jewelry.


y2-y1 July 26, 2012 at 6:57 am

I like the dress style; I like jersey knit. But, I don’t know what your dress looks like to be able to tell you how they would look together. Also, turquoise in knit is a lot different than turquoise in chiffon or satin.

BUT, I would far rather wear a knit dress, myself.


kahokcutie04 July 26, 2012 at 7:17 am

I think jersey knit COULD work.. it’s the turquoise part I’d be worried about making it look cheap. I think you could only pull it off with darker colors. Why so hooked on jersey knit? There are other great casual type fabrics that would look more dressy. I just feel like otherwise it’s going to look like a target special. The only way I can think to make it better is to leave nooo unfinished edges like the dress in the photo has. If you made the bottom of the dress neater instead of asymmetrical it wouldnt look so floppy. Or, make your bridesmaids buy their own dresses like everyone else! then you won’t have to go through the trouble :)


Ms. M July 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

‘Jersey knit’ and ‘wedding’ don’t belong in the same sentence. Sorry.

PS, Jersey knit is VERY different from traditional fabrics used for BMs dresses. They sheen differently. they fold, drape, hang, and move differently. If you have even a shadow of a doubt as to whether jersey is ‘ok,’ don’t do it. Because in the end it will be painfully obvious to you and your guests that the girls are in jersey.


My thoughts July 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

I’m not concerned about whether the fabric is dressy enough. That part is fine.

I would be leery,though, about jersey knit unless all your bridesmaids have perfect figures. Jersey knit isn’t very forgiving in the way it drapes. Every bump and bulge shows.


Bambi Berkowicz July 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

Jersey knit can be high quality if that’s what you purchase. It’s fine for your attendants. This particular dress has an awful lot of fabric and tedious work having to shirr so much of it. Unless you’re a very experienced seamstress, I suggest you stay away from it. Also, that top is going to have to fit precisely to avoid any “wardrobe malfunctions.”

Alfred Angelo gowns are reasonably price and believe me, you don’t need the headache of last minute fittings when everything else requires your attention. Bite the bullet and just order the dresses. You won’t regret it.


TotalRecipeHound July 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

I think it would be great, but you need to test your particular jersey knit to see how it holds drape when hanging for 8-10 hours before you cut it up. Depending on the stretch, some types may hang unevenly after hours of wear.

I don’t think you really want to dress it up except with some simple fine jewelry (nothing clunky).


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