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« on: January 14, 2012 09:30:43 PM »

So I saw this prom dress www.peachesboutique.com/ProductViewer.aspx?a=14141&b=
And of course its ridiculously expensive. I was thinking about making it on my own but I cant figure out how to make the skirt portion. It looks so seamless. Any ideas? Thx
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012 07:41:39 AM »

It may have been embroidered after being assembled.  Or else it was VERY carefully matched
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012 10:13:45 AM »

Let me rephrase. I meant how is it so full? I know its tulle but do they sew it go the inside of the dress or is it made separate then attached?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2012 08:15:58 PM »

i would make it separately then attach it...you could make the dress, and attach a layre or two of the tulle (after the embroidery is done at the lower areas.) then embroider around the edge of the skirt the way youd like. then attach more layres of the tulle under the first layre since it doesnt look like all the layres of tulle are embroidered around that area. you could also make the dress, embroider the bottom like in the picture, then do the tulle part. the embroidery around the edge of the skirt and the tulle might not be together (the embroidery might actually be sitting on top of the tulle part where it attaches rather than sewn to it)...the second way would probably be alot easier than the first.
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2012 02:11:41 PM »

On the actual website with full description of this dress, it says wear with mermaid slip for extra volume.  The dress itself appears to be only a few layers of tulle (maybe 5 max) and then a layer of satin or whatever the rest of the dress is made out of (anything opaque) and then a mermaid or trumpet crinoline for the fullness. I assure the, the models are wearing this dress with an appropriate crinoline.  Don't try to build the fullness into the dress, that would put too much stress on the seam. It would take a LOT of tulle to create that volume. You need to purchase or make a crinoline to go with it

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012 05:31:06 AM »

Listen to JHall!  There are only a handful of layers of tulle, then, like she said, another layer of the main dress material.  To make a petticoat like that, though, would be super easy.  All you'd do is make a fitted skirt and attach a traditional gathered petticoat to the bottom hem.  Just make sure to reinforce it.

Also, I doubt that those things were embroidered directly to the dress.  It's far more likely that those designs are appliques that are made separately and then attached.

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012 12:18:53 AM »

Just find a nice lace that you like and then you cut out the pieces to go onto the skirt and sew them on by hand. It's not that hard, just time consuming as you have to use small stitches.

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