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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wedding Dress fabric dilemma! on: July 05, 2013 12:01:32 AM
Hello Craftsters! This is my first official post, but I have long admired and enjoyed the many posts, especially in the clothing category.

So, in roughly a year, namely: September, 2014, I'm getting married!
That obviously isn't my problem. :p

I have long searched for a dress that was very -me- and never really found one. And since I wear such an obnoxiously sized bra, formal wear and I have never seen eye to eye. It's not that I don't love it, it's just that no one make clothes for tiny-waisted-huge-breasted-large-hipped ladies.

So of course a few problems arise in that area. So I decided to make my own dress, or rather, my bestie's mom and I will work on it together. She's a pro when it comes to the cutting and pinning and tailoring, so I know she'll do a great job, but I have other worries.

1. I can't seem to find any reviews on the pattern that I love.
2. The top of said pattern, is really, REALLY unflattering, so that'll have to go.
3. I am on a bit of a budget, nothing really to worry about though.
4. I can't seem to find a fabric in the right texture to hold up a court-length train.
5. I'm getting married in GOLD.

Yep. That's right. My gorgeous groom picked the colors red and gold. I like these colors, and frankly, white makes me look like I'm going to cough up a lung, but finding a gold in a pretty shade AND the right fabric?! Oof.

Anyway, back to the pattern. I fell in love with the skirt of Burda 7251. http://www.simplicity.com/p-7355-burda-style-wedding-dress.aspx#t-1

The top though, ehh, not so much. Like I said before, there's no way those scallops and upside-down pleats will look good on me.

So, down to the deets.

This pattern wants 12.5yds of fabric, no problem, but it suggests duchesse or satin. I have yet to find a duchesse that I like, and I worry that the satins I have found aren't going to be sturdy enough. I mean yes, there is a crinoline underneath, but can these gorgeous charmeuses or stretch satins hold that shape?

of course, I fell in love with the color of this habutae, which is apparently a lining, so that probably won't work.

and then I found this slightly-too-yellow charmeuse, but that's probably just as bad.

and the I wandered over to another site and found this stretch satin.

Any of them would be really pretty, and I think flattering against my mocha-skin tone.

Onwards on my rambling I suppose.
I think with an iron-in interfacing, and possibly a hefty liner, I could make a corset top for this, and just stitch the skirt onto the lining of the top. My bridesmaids, who will be wearing red, will likely be in corset-tops and knee-length circle skirts, likely with a petticoat Grin

I have a pattern I drafted and made out of muslin for a perfectly tailored corset on my own dimensions, so I don't really worry about that part as much as whether or not the fabric can handle it.

So yeah, in summary, will any of these fabrics stand up to the task; should I even be worried about it? I know taffeta would be ideal in the end, but I hate the texture of taffeta and my groom isn't fond of it either. Can I pull this off if I line it with something thicker like muslin? I don't really care what the inside looks like as long as the outside looks good and it fits right.

(And as far as a crinoline, I have one I gutted from a wedding dress for a princess costume, I was planning on getting some more netting and poofing it out in the right shape.)

Thanks so much for any comments and criticism. I really want this dress to be spectacular, for the sake of the dress, but really, as long as I'm married at the end of the day, I won't cry if I have to tone it down a bit Grin
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Eloping Dress? on: December 11, 2011 09:19:00 PM
So, We've decided to elope, and I'd like to wear something nice for our first honeymoon and the JOP ceremony.
I'm rather top heavy, and short enough that i look silly in short dresses.
any suggestions?

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