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How to cut scallped edge fabric for rounded pattern piece. I am sewing a wedding dress for the first time, I am using the Burda 7404 pattern. Any suggestions on how to cut the skirt pattern pieces from bolt lace fabric that already has the scalloped edge on it?


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    Jan 21, 2012, 12.24 PMby katexxxxxx

    You cut the border design off, cut out the pattern pieces, matching and joining the fabric where you need to get the whole pattern piece cut, and then reattach the border along the hem edge after fixing the hem length.

    A slow an laborious process, which is why we charge so much for this type of work!

    There are various books that will show you the process in detail. Personally I like the advice in Bridal Couture: A Guide to Dressmaking Skills for Creating Beautiful Custom Wedding Gowns by Susan Khalje. It’s now out of print and a horrific price on Amazon, so try ordering it from your local library.

    Claire Schaffer and Kenneth King also have good advice, so look their work up too.

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    Jan 21, 2012, 03.52 PMby patti-r

    Found a copy of instructions for this pattern, refer to the Cutting Instructions explains (4" longer) how to cut for lace with existing scalloped edge and as Kate mentioned in step #19 of instructions for applique edge.


    Hope this helps if not refer to books Kate suggested.

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      Jan 21, 2012, 05.31 PMby Rebegosand

      I think the issue I am having is that the bride choose a lace fabric with a patterned applique at the bottom hem along with the scalloped edge.

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    Jan 21, 2012, 05.33 PMby Rebegosand

    Thank you both for your quick help! I was hoping to upload a photo of the fabric design but I can not figure out how to here, since I am new at this.

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    Jan 21, 2012, 06.17 PMby patti-r

    Is it like an Allover reembroidered floral lace with double scalloped borders?

    Have you ever sewn lace before?

    It is usually cut as railroaded.


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    Jun 22, 2015, 06.55 PMby Babs Atta-Krah

    I too am sewing a wedding dress for a friend. Its of a 50’s silhouette. Full skirt just a bit lower than the knee. The bottom layer is a heavily sequined semi full skirt with 2 layers of full circle gathered tulle and the top layer is a gorgeous lace with tulle backing. The lace has a scallop and I believe cording all over so wont be able to cut off scallop and re attach. Could I not cut the lace fabric in a long rectangle and pleate the waist to create fullness at the bottom yet fitted at the waist?

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