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i am getting married and i want to make this dress. i have a pretty good idea of how to construct it but i have no idea about the fabric. i want it to flow like it does in the picture. someone mentioned a silk or cotton chiffon but i dont want it to be shiny. any suggestions? any help is appreciated.

the image is in my blog too if the image above doesn’t work.



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    Apr 6, 2010, 08.14 AMby katexxxxxx

    Silk chiffon isn’t shiny, it’s matte. It’s also very light. You might like to consider silk georgette, which is a bit more substantial, but still very soft and drapy. if the fabric isn’t limp enough when you get it, you can always wash it.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 01.01 PMby mlssfshn

    Beautiful dress, good luck! Like KateXXXXXX said silk chiffon is not shiny. It can bee a little frustrating to work with if you don’t normally work with sheers. A fabric that I like to work with that is a little easier to sew is cotton silk voile, Robert Kaufman makes a beautiful one that dyes wonderfully.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 07.53 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    this is gorgeous, i can see why you want one!

    i just worked with a silk that’s not shiny at all, and it drapes wonderfully. must’ve been silk chiffon (unfortunately it was from a bargain garment district store, and they don’t usually go into specifics on what you’re buying :). it was the first sheer i’ve worked with and it was easier to handle in multiple layers, which it looks like you’re about to do! and, it feels absolutely wonderful to wear. my thingamabob is here: http://oonaballoona.blogspot.com/2010/04/still-scared.html

    it’s up here too, but the images are broken :(

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    Apr 6, 2010, 10.53 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    the fabric looks more like a light-er jersey to me…..just a guess from the way it drapes, the body it seems to have, and the braided straps (i’ve only seen those done out of a jersey type material because other fabrics fray). however i’m no expert, and one picture is hardly enough to go by.

    good luck! i’m sure that it will turn out lovely!

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      Apr 7, 2010, 12.53 AMby katexxxxxx

      Yes, a fine silk jersey would drape like that. Can be even trickier to work with than chiffon!

      I’ve made plated straps out of woven stuff. Cut it and fold it and scrunch it right and all the raw edges are hidden away inside and invulnerable! :)

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      Apr 7, 2010, 03.35 AMby oscarthegrouch108

      :p of course it is! lol

      plating/braiding fabric isn’t something i’ve done before, at least not to use in/on clothing. it does make sense to hide the raw edges and have everything be hunky-dory

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    Apr 7, 2010, 03.22 AMby sherrys

    I agree with Adriana – I think it is multiple layers of silk georgette – at least 2, but you might need more to make it fully opaque. Don’t skimp on fabric – I think part of the charm of this dress is the luxurious layers!

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    Apr 18, 2010, 04.41 PMby ame0536

    Thank you all so much. I ordered some fabric swatches and I was leaning towards a cotton voile. Robert Kaufman doesn’t make it in red but if all else fails I might dye it red especially since it is recommended. I am nervous about adding another step to the process since I don’t even have a pattern. I am going to make it up as I go. I have had trouble dying fabrics red in the past. They always bleed the dye no matter how many times I wash it. I am not sure how to stop that from happening. Any ideas would be appreciated!

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      Apr 18, 2010, 05.25 PMby oscarthegrouch108

      from experience, silk the fiber isn’t that hard to work with. it’s how it’s woven (like into a satin) that makes it difficult.

      most dye makers also make something to “set” their dyes. i have also heard of using vinegar to set dyes (especially red). if i remember right, put 1 cup of vinegar into your washer (instead of soap) and let it run a fun cycle. if i’m wrong, someone please correct me!

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