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I want to sew the bottom part of my wedding dress similar to the picture shown and I’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 – 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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