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Hello all,

Apologies in advance for my terrible sewing lingo, I am self taught and don’t really know the proper terms for things. :P

I am looking to make my own wedding dress. I have been looking at lots of different laces, all with lovely detailing around the edge. Some examples are on this website https://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Bridal-Lace/

I would love to make a dress with this type of lace over the top, with the scalloped detailing on the hemline of the skirt part. However I am unsure about finding a pattern that accommodates this type of straight hemline. Many dress patterns involve cutting the hemline on a curve, which obviously cuts away that lovely edge detailing. Does anyone know of any good patterns that might be appropriate? i.e. where the hemline is cut fully along one direction? And is there any terminology that I could use to identify which dress patterns might be appropriate?

I would also like the dress to be fairly fitted around the waist and hips, , and hopefully not too many seamlines because I know it can be tricky with lace! Will it have to be gathered or pleated somehow? Like this dres perhaps?

I hope all of that makes sense. And I hope some experienced people might be able to outline some options for me!


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    Dec 16, 2012, 11.38 AMby lousylike

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      Dec 16, 2012, 04.15 PMby sewingfan1

      Could you adapt this pattern maybe? http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/ruched-front-wedding-dress-with-train-32011

      I’ve got the magazine that it’s in and looking at the shapes for the pattern pieces I think you would need the fun (and time consuming) job of cutting off the scalloped edge of the lace (or buying a length of lace that has scalloped edges) and then hand stitching it back in place along the curve of the bottom of the dress. I think it’d be the same story with any pattern that has a curved edge to the bottom of the skirt.

      If you get one that has a straight edge to the pattern pieces (like i’m pretty sure the shopbop one you’ve linked above would have) then you could avoid all that, but then again, it is a ‘labour of love’ kind of thing making your own wedding dress so maybe it’s worth investing the extra time and getting it exactly how you want it?

      I’ll bet others will give some advice too, I know there’s lots of people on this site who have experience of wedding dress making whereas I have zero :-)

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    Dec 16, 2012, 05.42 PMby katexxxxxx

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    Dec 17, 2012, 04.35 PMby bjr99

    No matter what you choose to make be sure that you make a muslin or two first to check the fit!

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      Dec 17, 2012, 07.57 PMby katexxxxxx

      Totally this! And make it in something that is close to the drape of your lace, like cheap lace curtain! if you make it in calico/muslin, it won’t drape or fit the same way as the final garment.

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    Dec 18, 2012, 09.22 AMby lousylike

    Thank you all for the links and advice. I will look into a couple of them and see if they can be modified in any way.

    I would really like to avoid cutting and resewing the edging along the hemline. The time factor isn’t a huge issue, I just feel that i’d do a terrible job.

    I stumbled across this dress yesterday, after I posted this, and it basically encompasses all the features I had in my head.


    It has a really lovely detailed hemline, and such a cute lace bodice/sleeves. I would love to make something very similar to this, with probably a slightly different waist.

    I will definitely be doing some cheap versions of the dress to check the fits etc. I will have about 12 months from now, so I have a lot of time to muck around.

    @katexxxxxx, I had a look at the instructions for this dress


    and I think it could be modified for what I need. I’m hoping it would just involve bringing the hemline for the back skirt pieces up into a horizontal line, rather than curving down to the floor. I’m happy to go without a train.

    I’m always up for more advice if anyone has some!

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