Re: Lace for wedding dress
- From: "Pam" <pliggett@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 21:22:47 GMT
Thank you for your reply. I thought about the curve of the hem and was
hoping since the panels are rather narrow, that I could get it to work at
the hem, however I could be in for a surprise when I actually start! If I
cut the scallop off and then reattach, how do you keep the seam from
showing? Another option is to cut the fabric lengthwise, but I need to
study the design of the lace ( I haven't purchased it yet) and see if that
would work. One other option - the top of the dress has 2 bands of satin
about the width of a spaghetti strap that go from the right underarm to the
left side seam about waist high. Also the reverse. These 2 bands are about
1 inch apart and cross in the front. On the back are 2 more bands that
start at the side seam and end at the center back about hip level. I
thought of adding a band - or 2 at the bottom of the dress and behind that
band "hiding" a seam in the lace. That would give me room to extend the
length of the lace and add the scallop. The bands would be pink, to match
the bridesmaids. Probably pink buttons also in the back if I can find them.
"Kate Dicey" <kate@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I am probably going to make my daughter's wedding dress. She found one
she likes that is strapless, mermaid style, princess seams. There are 7
total panels that flare and the back extends into a train. The dress
fabric I think was a satin- (that is what I would use) covered with lace.
The lace was stitched with the fabric, not a separate layer. Now my
problem...She is at least 5'9", and one of the laces (chantilly lace at
JoAnns) I found had a scalloped border, but the lace, I would think needs
to be as wide as I need length for each panel, so the scallop would be on
the bottom of the flare. I plan to merge a couple of different patterns,
but there is now waist seam. Am I correct in calculating how to do this
and if so, does anyone know of a source for a wide lace, or how to get it
work if the lace isn't wide enough. If I use the length of the lace for
the panels, it can be long enough, but I lose the scallop.
I hope this is clear.
my daughter is skeptical, but the dress she found is rather pricey.
There are several things to consider: Lace is usually woven in 45" widths
with the scallop along each edge, which has (as you have realized) cutting
implications. The dress sounds lovely, but you need also to tale into
account that the hem may well be quite curved on such a style.
One of the classic ways to cut this sort of thing is to cut the scalloped
edge off and treat the length of the lace like any other fabric for
cutting out. then you reattach the scallop, shaping it to fit the hem
There's quite a good explanation of how to cut and sew lace in 'Bridal
Couture' by Susan Khalje, a nice chapter in the Vogue & Butterick
'Designer Sewing Techniques', and another useful one in 'Bridal Gowns' by
Susan E Andriks. All these would be good investments before starting this
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