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Practice gown

Added Jan 8, 2010

by re3ecca

Norwich, United ...




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This is the practice run for my wedding gown! I have been researching and designing for weeks it seems, and finally settled on modifying an Hilary Duff McCalls pattern. This is made up in curtain lining fabric, as it has a similar look and feel to the duchesse satin I plan to use for the real thing.
I have never worked with silk before, so any tips or comments would be gratefully receieved!

Material Notes

Curtian fabric > duchesse stain!




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    Jan 10, 2010, 02.55 AMby fabricitis

    Great dress. Love the neckline the most. It’s nice to see more wedding gowns with straps.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 01.54 PMby teaandcakey

    This dress looks lovely! I really love the design you’ve chosen! I made up my wedding gown (with my mum) in ivory duchesse satin and I really enjoyed working with it- it was a dream to cut out (it didn’t fray) but I was nervous sewing with it- we hand basted every seam before sewing we were worried that any seams unpicked and re-sewn would show as the needle leaves holes and pulls at the threads of the fabric. Also, rough skin on one’s hands also pulls at the threads a little. We tried to handle the fabric as little as possible and constantly washed our hands (because of the colour!). A friend of my mum’s who makes wedding dresses professionally suggested to avoid pressing most of the seams (unless you have to) until the very end. I didn’t pre-wash my fabric (and am still working out how to launder the dress!). Good luck with it- I’m sure it will look amazing and have a brilliant wedding day!

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    Jan 9, 2010, 07.23 AMby joanne-lej

    this is beautiful

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    Jan 9, 2010, 06.52 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    congrats on your wedding!!! the curtain version is stunning so i can only imagine how gorgeous your silk version will be!! when is the big day? looking forward to seeing your progress.

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    Jan 8, 2010, 09.54 PMby misshoney26

    I agree with a contrast band, even the same color in a dupioni would be gorgeous!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 07.56 PMby camilaustral

    very very nice!!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 07.05 PMby Jodi Wade

    oh that is gorgeous!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 06.33 PMby angelical

    lovely! Looking forward to see the finished dress! good luck!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 06.26 PMby julietta

    This is already gorgeous in curtain fabric. Looking forward to see the final piece!

    Some tips for sewing silk: Be careful when sewing with the machine as the needle leaves holes that will remain visible. For the final fitting I would sew everything together by hand and then if it fits perfectly by machine. Also you have to be careful as water leaves stains on unwashed silk fabric. You can prewash it by hand to avoid water stains but the fabric might lose its stand. Maybe try it out on a small piece or not pre-wash it and dry clean it later on. Hope this was helpful, good luck!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 05.33 PMby janul

    Great dress… so romantic. I wish I made my own wedding gown. :)

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    Jan 8, 2010, 04.36 PMby sabzarap

    Are you planing to make the waistbend in a different coloure, something greenish or pinkish or something…? Silk is a very god fabric for this and I think it will fall a bitt more softly. Maby you ty it first on a restpiece. Good luck!!!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 03.52 PMby abbyzeeble

    looks gorgeous.Lucky you to be able to make your own wedding gown. Good luck!

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