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I have a pattern but the instructions seem incomplete... can you help me?
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Date: 4/21/13 9:28 AM

My aunt offered to sew my wedding dress for me... this will be her 6th wedding dress for family members. The pattern I found and bought is beautiful and I love the dress, but the instructions that were included only listed 7 steps and my aunt cannot complete the dress without complete step-by-step instructions. I was wondering if anyone could help us out and create some more specific instructions. Here is what was given with the pattern...

Wedding Dress Picture

Recommendations on fabric:
Recommendations on fabric: silk satin or thick sateen, share fatin (of two tinctures, for example, of lacteous white and cream white)
You will also need: zipper, fusing, metal/plastic bones, ready underskirt (of stiff fatin), lace border of 1.5-2 cm width
If the pattern has double contour the seam allowances are included.
Seam allowances are NOT included by default and need to be added when laying out and cutting details if your pattern has single contour.
Seam allowances: 1 cm for all seams
Attention! First of all please print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 cm) to see how much fabric you will need. Don't forget to count pair parts and symmetrical parts.
When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must coincide.

1. Front skirt – 1 piece
2. Back skirt – 2 pieces
3. Front/back facings – 4 pieces
4. Plastron – 1 piece
5. Border_1, border_2, border_3 – 2 pieces
1. Flounce_1: quantity will be given on the piece. (For example, kd-57. For better cutting you can fold fatin several times.)
2. Flounce_2: quantity will be given on the piece. (For example, kd-59. For better cutting you can fold fatin several times.)
3. Front skirt’s lower frill – 1 piece 4. Back skirt’s lower frill – 2 pieces 5. All bodice details
1. Front/back facings – 4 pieces
2. Plastron – 1 piece
3. Border_1, border_2, border_3 – 2 pieces
Trimming: you need lace border of 1.5-2 cm width to trim (overlap) seams. You need also satin piping to trim bones.

1. All front upper pieces are of 3 layers of fatin (to make them less transparent and stiff). It is better
to take sheer and not too stiff fatin.
2. All bodice seams are to be overlapped along inner/outer sides with satin piping; set into this piping metallic/plastic bones which are 2 cm shorter than seam length (to make sewing more comfortable).
3. Stitch satin piping (long pattern lines) on front middle/center back pieces to made them less transparent. Stitch lace border on sides along shaped lines.
4. Overlap all bodice seams additionally with the lace borders.
5. Upper fatin skirt: stitch flounces to skirt upper piece along marking. Gather lower frill a little and stitch it to upper skirt piece’s lower edge.
6. Stitch the flounce_2 (narrower) along lines between the line joining the skirt to the bodice and the sixth line of the skirt. Then stitch on the flounce_1 (wider) only.
7. Cut flounces with seam allowances. Cut a flounce along “cutting” line, lay it flat, then stitch on the skirt along inside diameter, one after another, leaving all square's ends free (see picture).

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Date: 4/21/13 10:17 AM

As this is not a commercial pattern, did you contact the owner of the site?

"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

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Date: 4/21/13 11:42 AM

Try emailing the pattern maker directly

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Date: 4/22/13 7:27 PM

As the site promises complete instructions, you should definitely complain. Those instructions are not complete in the least and wedding dresses tend to be complex. That being said, your Aunt sounds like an experienced and competent seamstress and I'll bet she knows more than she thinks about putting together garments and could probably figure it out.

Best of luck to you both!

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