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cait
« on: March 20, 2007 10:21:29 PM »

Hi everyone.
   I work for my college newspaper and along with our regular paper we also publish "guides" such as graduation guide and wedding guide. I'm writing an article for the wedding guide about making your own wedding dress (as a former apparel design major and current journalism major and editor I am very excited about this) and just wanted to see if anyone had some absolutely essential tips or techniques that you feel must be included. It's not going to be too in-depth, as space won't permit, but I hope to cover pattern selection, fabric options, and general sewing/cutting tips.
So, anything you feel potential dress-makers must know?
Caitlin
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007 10:46:08 PM »

how about dressing for your body type? that seems to be an area of confusion/mistake for most people. it's always a shame when someone highlights their worst feature and can't understand why they look and feel bad about it...
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2007 12:10:10 PM »

Allow enough ease to let the dress out if adjustments need to be made before the big day. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2007 06:18:11 PM »

If you are able to do, build in a bra.  I was able to buy a very well made designer dress for my rehearsal dinner dress.  It was silk brocade and strapless.   While I'm well-endowed, I hate tugging at strapless bodices.  Anyway, it had a built-in bra, which had separate bra hooks inside (not just the zipper closure), and MAN, it held up well!  I'm going to wear it to future events, too!

Also, for making your own wedding dress, stick within your own sewing level.  If you're a beginner seamstress, don't try to do a very fitted pattern -- go towards flowing, or shapeless (of course, still flattering).  And, speaking as a seamstress who wouldn't go near making her own dress, only try to make tailored fitted dresses if you're really comfortable with nips and tucks and lots of tailoring. 

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2007 06:29:46 PM »

And start early! You don't want to be stressed out about finishing your dress and every other wedding thing too.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2007 09:11:10 PM »

Especially if you're a novice sew-er, make a mockup out of cheap fabric before you cut into the real thing-- and try to find a fabric that drapes the same way as the fashion fabric you want to use.  And don't be afraid of silk!  There are lots of places (especially online) to find inexpensive silk fabric, and it looks much better than synthetics, especially on brides.
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