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Topic: $1,000.00 for a dress??? I don't think so! I need some help though...  (Read 1723 times)
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burstandbloom
« on: November 16, 2007 05:10:44 PM »

So, I saw this GORGEOUS dress on the cover of a magazine, and flipped inside to see how much it was, because i thought it'd be PERFECT for my two year anniversary with my boyfriend...


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My problem is, I can not find lace/mesh like that anywhere. the dress is basically pink silk(i dont know why it came out so orange in the pics) with black lace/mesh over it.

the silk is easy to find, but can someone PLEASE direct me to a store/website that sells something like that lace? thank you!

also, i'm PRETTY sure i saw a tute on crafster for making a dress of this style, does anyone know of it? i usually don't use patterns for clothing but since i'llbe working with such nice material, i dont want to buy extra for the trial and error part of figuring out my own pattern. lol.
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burstandbloom
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2007 09:37:09 AM »

hey, i was just going to say that i already found a pattern to use, so all i need to know is where to find some lace! thanks
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2007 10:34:41 PM »

hmmmm, you haven't found any lace material in the bridal section of a fabric store?

Alternately, maybe you could find something in a thrift store to recon?

Maybe if you find white lace you could dye it black? (make sure it won't bleed onto the silk).
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burstandbloom
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2007 10:39:53 PM »

well i've found lace, but it all has very small print, and i want something with a big floral print like that on the dress
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2007 11:23:52 PM »

i saw some at Joanns, but it wasnt THAT big...i would just google search lace until you find it

thats what i did with the gold brocade i needed for a gown i wanted to make...i ended up not being able to make it, but 20 hours of internet later, i found the right brocade
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2007 11:25:49 PM »

Do you ever buy off ebay?
I found this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/IMPORTED-BLACK-FRENCH-FLORAL-SEXY-PRETTY-LACE-FABRIC_W0QQitemZ220172546557QQihZ012QQcategoryZ71212QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

and if you search "black lace" there are others.
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burstandbloom
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2007 10:04:34 AM »

oh i forgot all about ebay!! Smiley that's a great idea. i love the lace in that link!

thanks so much everyone!
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2007 08:36:42 PM »

It's not the cut or the design of the dress that often makes them so pricey, it's the fabric itself.

Many designers design their fabrics themselves, the have contracts preventing the manufacturers from selling it or producing it elsewhere. That is where the huge cost comes in, making a simple little slipdress that might take an hour to sew retail for a grand.

That being said, there are companies that knock off designer fabrics for sale to the public, making finding that lace not-impossible. But, even so, they tend to not be as cheap as plain 'ol cotton prints.
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burstandbloom
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2007 09:05:48 PM »

It's not the cut or the design of the dress that often makes them so pricey, it's the fabric itself.

Many designers design their fabrics themselves, the have contracts preventing the manufacturers from selling it or producing it elsewhere. That is where the huge cost comes in, making a simple little slipdress that might take an hour to sew retail for a grand.

That being said, there are companies that knock off designer fabrics for sale to the public, making finding that lace not-impossible. But, even so, they tend to not be as cheap as plain 'ol cotton prints.

yah i know i wont be able to find the exact lace, i just want something similar. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007 04:52:28 AM »

That fabric looks very good quality to me - the drape of the lace is amazing (machine-made, synthetic lace is often very stiff) - quite apart from the unusually huge pattern repeat and fine detail.  High end bridal/eveningwear suppliers would be my first port-of-call. Where is the OP based?  I can think of a few places in London that might have something like that.

Alternatively, you might need to compromise on the pattern size; I'd keep the drape/quality as the main thing, otherwise that overdress won't cling to your form the way the original does.  If you're going to buy online, get a sample first, to be sure the handle's right (unless it's totally cheap on ebay, and you could use stiffer lace for something else!).
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