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I am making my daughters boho style wedding dress that has multiple layers. It has a V-Neck front and V-back bodice which consists of a strapless bodice and lace overlay forming the “V” in front and back with the “V” to the waist in back. The skirt is slightly gathered at the natural waistline and will have an invisible zipper at the center back. The underdress is made with silk charmeuse which is underlined with cotton batiste and will have a separate lining. The top layer is Chantilly lace. There will also be a very fully gathered silk chiffon overskirt that will be removable for the reception.
Now, here are my questions. My plan is to sew the underskirt and lace skirts separate but baste them at the waist to gather them together since the lace is so delicate. My plan is to sew the zipper only to the underdress but I am not sure what to do about the lace. Initially I was just going to tack it to the underdress after I put the zipper in, but now am unsure how this would look. Would it be better to leave the lace as a free hanging overlay? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!


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    Sep 18, 2013, 12.52 PMby bjr99

    Could you post pictures of either the dress or the pattern?

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      Sep 18, 2013, 04.00 PMby vallison

      I have a photo of the sample dress I made but am not sure how to upload the picture up here.

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    Sep 18, 2013, 12.53 PMby katexxxxxx

    I would leave the lace free. If it gapes, you can close it as a separate layer with some tiny hooks and hand worked loops.

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      Sep 18, 2013, 04.07 PMby vallison

      That is the way I was leaning! Not having a pattern has made it a little difficult to visualize what it would look like. I made up a “sample dress” but didn’t sew in the zipper because I wasn’t sure which way to go. I will try this! Thanks for your help!

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      Oct 13, 2013, 03.55 AMby vallison

      Update, I left the lace free and have no problems with gaping! Thanks for the advice!

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    Sep 23, 2013, 08.13 AMby Maragret Maragret

    Your daughter is really happy, and I think the feeling of a unique and generous temperament is very important, the most important thing is for your daughter, you should know the most

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    Oct 13, 2013, 03.53 AMby vallison

    Need advise on what to use as closure for the waistband on the removable chiffon overskirt. The waistband, made out of the same chiffon, is interfaced on both sides for stability. Not sure whether to use snaps or hook and eye. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your suggestions! Dress update: I am almost finished. I am hand sewing the lace border back onto the bottom of the lace skirt. I did not like the way the zig zag looked on the Chantilly lace. I do think it would look fine if the lace was a dimensional type. So pleased with the how it has turned out! My daughter flew in last weekend for the final fitting and after 2 days of alterations( she lost so much weight that I had to re-make the bodice- she went from a size 10 to a size 6!) we finally put the dress on her and it fit perfectly. We both shed a few tears along with a lot of smiles!

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      Oct 13, 2013, 08.34 AMby katexxxxxx

      Sounds wonderful! Post some pix when you have the wedding photos!

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