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Hi all,

I’ve not worked with lace all that much, but want to create something similar to this dress:

Do you all think those buttons are totally fake and just sewn on the top or do you think they are functional? I’m feel like lace shouldn’t be able to support all those buttons, so is there a trick to do this that I don’t know yet?



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    Oct 11, 2013, 10.55 AMby katensew

    I doubt if ALL the buttons are functional— MAYBE?? just s few at the top ? More likely the dress has an invisible zip inserted in the side. After all you’d have a job fastening them all yourself !! Probably buttons and rouleaux loops – with a narrow ribbon applied on this edge and the button edge to provide stability. Avoiding using them would also prevent stretching.

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    Oct 11, 2013, 05.49 PMby katexxxxxx

    The ones on the back of this are all functional, so I don’t see why they shouldn’t be… http://assets.burdastyle.com/project_images/assets/000/344/615/1381900_10151613705671781_503845429_n_large.jpg?1380314152 I made covered buttons to match the taffeta layer, and then sewed them to the lace. You might want to use a neutral coloured silk organza as a facing under the buttons to give you something to sew them to. The buttons can be closed using either rouleau loops or, as I did, hand worked thread loops. The gown underneath will be fastened at the waist and back to take the strain, and the lace is only for decoration.

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    Feb 19, 2014, 11.42 PMby katexxxxxx

    Possibly flesh coloured powernet, as used in dance costumes.

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