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Date: 7/16/09 10:18 AM

I'm ready to cut the lace overlay for my daughter's wedding dress. I have added an insert below the back closure, and I want to lay the lace over it and gather the lace with the FF. The lace has a scalloped border, and the hem of the dress curves down quite a bit from the side seams to the center back. How do you cut the lace to accomodate the curve of the hemline, since the lace has a straight edge?

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Date: 7/16/09 8:18 PM

I've cut off the border and reattached it onto the curvved edge of the cut lace.



This was for a sleeve so I used a piece of water soluble stabilzer to hold the pieces together.

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Date: 7/16/09 8:19 PM

Hi MarianS,
I sewed a wedding dress for my daughter back in 2005 with a lace overlay. The pattern was New Look 6401. I read the infamous book by Susan Khalje. Great book! So first I cut all the scalloped edges off the lace, cut the lace just the same as the silk dress layer, then re-applied (by hand) the scallops to the edges of the lace layer along the v-neck and back, and bottom of the dress, which did have a very small train. It did take some time, but the stitches were not noticable, and the dress looked just the way she wanted it.

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Date: 7/16/09 11:13 PM

Thanks, Phyllis. Cutting off the border and reattaching it makes sense. Why didn't I think of that?

Marian

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Date: 7/16/09 11:19 PM

Thanks, It makes perfect sense! I just couldn't figure it out, and I was feeling really frustrated. I also read the Susan Khalje book, and took her Wedding Gowns 101 class on this website. The chapter on cutting the lace didn't address this specifically, unless I missed it. It is just so much information to absorb all at once. I never knew!

Marian

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