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joyfuljan
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Date: 10/17/12 8:34 PM

I finally got a muslin dress that fits my daughter properly. She has a really large bust so several modifications were needed not to mentioned that two patterns were combined so to speak to get the look she wanted. I am using Bridal Inspirations Bridal Satin for the dress but it just doesn't seem to have the body (not sure that's the right word) to fall properly. I am using regular non-cling lining fabric.

My question is could I use a lighter weight satin for the lining to give it extra body? Or what would you suggest? The dress style is a halter top with A-line skirt with a shorter train.

I have always made her formal dresses but of course I want this dress to be "perfect".

Thanks so much for any help!
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Date: 10/17/12 9:28 PM

You might want to underline that satin with something that has a more drapey hand, like crepe. Then sew it as one piece, and still keep your lightweight lining. You could try samples of various fabrics for underlining with the satin, and see if it gives you the drape that you want.

My dd's wedding dress was made of silk/cotton, which had a lovely sheen, but not much drape. I underlined it with a silk/acetate blend, which, when washed and dried, made the perfect combination for drape and weight. The dress was then lined with charmeuse.

GL - keep us posted on how the dress is going.
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Date: 10/18/12 9:03 AM

I agree with Mary. A satin lining may be sticky against the skin. Also, since the lining is separate, it won't really provide body for the main fabric. If you're looking for more stiffness, you could underline with silk organza.
joyfuljan
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Date: 10/18/12 9:45 AM

Thanks Mary and Couturemom! "Stiffness" is what the dress needs. Now I know how to achieve this. I have sewn since I was a little girl, which has been a long time, haha) but have never run into this problem before. Thanks so much for the advice!!
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