Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In Search of Style - 70s Bridal Beauty

In a Simplicity 9608 pattern were tucked two clippings, both of which have elements found in this pattern's wonderful bridal gown styles.

One clipping was from a Wards catalog, and this "Belle of the Ball" gown is a clear match for view 1, with ruffles on the scoop neckline and on the skirt hemline, and full sleeves with ruffles at the wrists.

The other clipping (from the newspaper Grand Rapids Press from May 30, 1970), the lovely bride on the right is circled. The upper bodice detail (a little hard to see) is very similar to the upper bodice of view 3.

The mystery is which did wedding gown did she pick? Neither? The pattern is uncut. Did she go with something else altogether? Or did the wedding plans get canceled? We will never know. But we do know that this seamstress found the best pattern that matched her ideal wedding gown.