I’m making my wedding dress at the moment, and it has a rhinestone motif on the bodice that is quite heavy. Does anyone have any suggestions? There’s more info on my blog here: http://needleandcloth.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/wedding-dress-wednesday-pretty/

Thanks so much for any suggestions!

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    Apr 3, 2013, 09.52 PMby katexxxxxx

    I’d interline the whole of the top with silk organza, using two layers for the WHOLE PANEL that the heavy motif is on. Fusible interfacing, especially the non-woven nasty they sell in the high street, is never going to stick well to silk.

    Two other things t watch:

    Use LOTS OF TINY STITCHES to sew that motif in place, and sew it all over, NOT just round the edge

    BE VERY CAREFUL not to pull the stitches too tight. That’s a sure-fire way to get that puckering round the edge of the motif. Best way is to thread-trace the STITCHING LINE of the bodice panel onto the fabric, then mount the fabric and two layers of silk organza into a large tapestry frame. Then sew the motif in place before cutting and sewing the bodice.

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