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alliebeth
« on: May 15, 2010 06:33:38 PM »

So, I'm looking to make a ballgown for this winter's "Yule Ball" at my college, and I want to have it look really cool and have some fun construction details. My inspirations come from a lot of designer wedding dresses like these:







Obviously I don't want to copy these designs exactly, but want I was wondering is if anybody can provide any tutorials or insight on getting satin/taffeta to be shaped into pleats, layers, ruching etc. In other words, how to make it look INTERESTING. Especially on the bodice portion. I can pleat cotton and do ruching on knits, but satin is a whole other beast, I'm sure. Would it be best to have the thing constructed basically underneath and then add another layer on top for the fun parts?
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2010 09:28:45 PM »

Hi, there!  Those are gorgeous inspiration gowns.  Have you looked at any commercial patterns?  That would definitely be the easiest way to get some of the more detailed construction techniques you see in these gowns.  Check these out:

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1015-products-8945.php?page_id=861
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5382-products-8750.php?page_id=109
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5807-products-9400.php?page_id=110
http://www.simplicity.com/p-5002-misses-special-occasion-dresses.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010 11:40:03 AM »

If you're serious about making a dress like that, you should really either invest in/borrow from the library some GOOD fashion draping and patterning books.  Or better yet take a Draping class at your University.  Trying to explain draping satin like that here is just not possible.  To do that kind of work, and have it fit you and look good, you will also need a good dress form.   
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2010 06:55:35 PM »

I agree with jennieingram. What you are looking to do is fabulous, but takes some serious foundation work to lay out, and you have to know what's up. I went to fashion school, and I would take some time and thinking about something of that structure. Good luck! They look fabulous and I'm sure whatever you make in the end will be lovely Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2010 08:16:32 PM »

Thanks everybody. I have been working with some draping on my duct tape dress form and it's been going so so. I actually much prefer to fit garments on myself...but that's another story. I had hoped to use a pre-made pattern for basic construction and stability and then add pleats, etc, over it. Don't really have time to take any classes as I am a full time pharmacy student and sewing is just a hobby, but I am giving myself 8 months for the whole project, so I hope I can at least get something to show for it! I'm going to be doing some sketches in the next few days and will probably post those up too.
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