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Overlay on princess seams?
dragonzflame
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Date: 8/12/12 7:42 PM

I'm making my own version of this for my wedding dress. I've been asking about it in the Bridal Sewing forum, but it's a bit quiet over there!

I'm looking for lace to use as an overlay. It needs to be a wide all-over one because I don't want the blue ribbon - just doing princess seams all the way down. I found one, which I've since rejected because the embroidery would have been too hard to make look good along the princess seams. The original is made with French Chantilly but I'm not keen to go dropping hundreds of dollars on lace for a dress I'm going to wear once.

I'm quite keen on this lace, however it's four-way stretch.



Would you be able to use it like ordinary lace and just pretend it's not stretchy, or is stretch lace more suited to things that are designed to be more figure-hugging?

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Date: 8/12/12 7:47 PM

You can make it a little tighter but not to the point of figure hugging. I'd bet something about 1/8" to 1/4" smaller might work. Just make large seam allowances and take it in as you wish. Stretchy fabrics have what is called "negative ease" and you can get away with a smaller pattern when using them.

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Date: 8/12/12 7:57 PM

Fast reply! That's the thing - I don't want too figure-hugging. I haven't picked out the shell fabric yet, but I'm not planning for it to be stretch (it'll be something like a dupioni) so there'll be no negative ease there (in fact, there'll need to be a little more ease for dinnertime!)...

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Date: 8/13/12 1:10 AM

Real French Chantilly lace (like cotton with applied over embroidery and gimp cord) is very expensive and most four way stretch lace is a whole lot cheaper and more for nightgowns, underware, or maybe in a not all that expensive lace T shirt. Also since probably 60" inches wide, not too terribly expensive either just that way. But since most times used in underware, or something like a Victoria Secret just stretch T-shirt that might be worn on the beach, it might look like that too, in a real wedding dress. Also I bet that stretch lace might have almost no weight to it, and not hang the same as more a woven lace.

Even if you just got some cotton lace with none of the "over embroidery" Chantilly part on it, it would probably look more expensive in the end and hang more like that other photo of that dress. I have seen some all over lace like that, either cotton and polyester or all cotton, even on the bolts at Hancock fabrics not too long ago. It was not even near as expensive as real ovr embroidered French Chantilly lace, but not as inexpensive as more stretch night gown or underware kind of lace either. I think it was something like maybe $9 to $12 a yard possibly, and more like 45' wide, but even maybe something like that would hang more like the original dress as a overlay on it, and still not be too very expensive?

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