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I want to sew the bottom part of my wedding dress similar to the picture shown and Iā€™m looking for any advice as to what the best technique would be please! Should I pleat/ruche finely as I stitch along? It just sits so flat without bulging very much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated ā€“ thank you!


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    Jul 16, 2014, 08.14 PMby Sewtto

    Gather the fabric first. Use a shorter stitch length for a softer look. You may have to loosen the tension to make the gathering easier. Two rows of stitching helps keep the gathers flat and easier to sew. Good luck!

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    Jul 20, 2014, 09.16 PMby maddieom

    Thank you! I will try this and let you know how I get on!

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    Jul 20, 2014, 11.35 PMby katexxxxxx

    It looks like a circular skirt to me. No gathering or pleating of any sort.

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    Jul 22, 2014, 12.27 PMby arisaid

    If you do want soft gathering a good trick is to zig zag over a thread that you then pull up. Gives a much more professional look. However I agree with Kate that it looks circular in this instance.

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    Jul 23, 2014, 05.04 PMby maddieom

    Hey! Thanks for your advice. I just tried gathering and the gathers are too bulky even though I used a smaller stitch length. Some of the pleats poof out too much. I’m not sure if it is a circle skirt as this dress is actually pleated at the top – I’ve tried to attach a picture. I can get the pleats at the top to sit right but they don’t stay further down the dress – should I buy pleated tulle instead? Thanks!

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    Jul 23, 2014, 05.06 PMby maddieom

    Sorry the pic didn’t work here is the link to a close up: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fblZLdUNCTE/U8_q1kwoxHI/AAAAAAAAAGU/L08Uvg9cA3I/s1600/burda.jpg

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    Jul 26, 2014, 09.26 AMby Deanna31

    Hi, your link doesn’t work. Have you tried steaming the poofiness flat? If you would like a gathered waist, I would suggest a really good quality fabric that scrunches up really well. Some fabrics sit flat naturally, no matter how much gathering is done.

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