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formal fabricholic. Is there anyone else hopelessly addicted to all those luscious fine fabrics ?
Dana Cetz
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Date: 4/27/13 11:33 PM

I also have at least design 7 wedding dresses but haven't sewed them. Mostly would like to concentrate on making plus size dresses look just as beautiful, it's not fair that plus size girls are always forced to stick with ugly designs. I want to get married just so I can design and sew my wedding dress.

I love the spiral double faced flounces they look to die for when inserted into a vertical seam.

My favorite fabrics are the iridescent silk char-muse (sorry for spelling) and chiffon. Ok Ok I like all of the glorious formal fabrics. Oh why oh why cant I like polyester cotton blends?
Please comfort me and let me know I am not alone in my obsessions? What are some of your favorite fabrics? What are some of your favorite techniques?

I saw online that people make formal wear for the American girl dolls, maybe I could do that.

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Date: 4/28/13 9:41 AM

What about sewing a prom dress for some girl who can't afford one? I too love formal wear fabric, but work as a seamstress in a bridal shop, so get a daily" fix."

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Date: 4/28/13 10:52 AM

Dana - I fully understand! And I second the motion to do prom dresses or, if you can stand working with the spandex and lycra under the fancy stuff, try some ballroom competition gowns. You can take a look at mine on my BLOG

Or maybe kiddie pageant gowns? Could you handle all those stage moms?

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Date: 4/28/13 12:26 PM

I do formal dress alterations as my part-time job, but next year I think I'm going to make one or two prom dresses and sell them simply because I love the challenge of sewing fancy dresses. I was thinking about auctioning off one of my dresses for our school's Varsity and JV softball team as a fundraiser (a promo for my alterations business) as well as making one at minimal cost for my one of clients to promote my alterations business as well.

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Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3, Singer Model 99, Singer 221/Featherweight. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Embroidery/Sewing Combo: Brother Dream machine. Coverstitch: Babylock BLCS. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

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Date: 4/28/13 12:28 PM

Quote: Dana Cetz
I saw online that people make formal wear for the American girl dolls, maybe I could do that.

This is how I satisfy my craving to make fancy-dress clothes - plus a lot of my doll stash is from the remnant bin bought super-cheap

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Date: 4/28/13 10:53 PM

Instead of dolls how about Little Girl dresses?Like fancy flower girl or dance dresses?These are very hard to find in dept.stores and you could specialize in hard to fit custom work.Making wedding gowns,if you have the space would satisfy that craving for silk and you could earn a good deal doing this.Offering your services to high school girls for formal wear for proms and other dances is really fun.The girls don't know much about fabric or design and your knowledge could help them choose something fab.How about silk separates for holiday parties-beautiful skirts,evening pants drapey
tops? These are easier to fit than dresses. You could make up some samples for yourself and put up an ad online or craigs. Maybe one of these ideas could work for you,it sounds like you have the heart of a dress maker. I really love fine fabric too and I've done every thing from Bridal to baby clothes and it has been a thrill to only work with the real stuff not synthetics

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Date: 4/28/13 11:33 PM

Can you say "belly dancer?"

I've been dancing/teaching/making costumes for the same for thirty-five years. I am currently making a dress for a Thursday peformance: red and black metallic glitz with red sequin trim, oh, yeah.

Satin, silk, metallics, panne velvet, brocade- I've used them all. And the TRIMS! Sequins, beads, coin, fake jewels... the possibilities are endless.

Prom and wedding dresses have nothing on belly dance costumes. You can't see the multi-colored metallic in the costume in my avatar but they are there along with flying ribbons and a stretch velvet choli.
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Date: 4/29/13 3:03 AM

I thought of making belly dancer costumes before. It's hard to make over the bra I couldnt find any good video tutorials (it's how I learn).

DO you do other dancing besides belly dancing? Belly dancing is very hard . I tried it a few times I was always the last one in a dance move in class.

I have Aspergers so I am severely uncoordinated.

P.S. Do you know of an easy way to embellish an RTW bra for belly dancing?

And what kind of dancing for little girls?

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Date: 4/29/13 12:57 PM

I'm getting there. I just finished a first commuion dress for a little girl in cotton organdy with a silk sash. I am in love with organdy! But wow is it pricey and hard to work with. Still, all those layers were fun to see come together. Now I can't stop shopping for more lovely white fabrics.

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Date: 4/29/13 3:12 PM

In my town there is a Ballroom dance school which has a huge enrollment.The dress code is semi-formal for exhibitions .Some of the skinny little girls look like they are wearing their older sister's dresses. I've often thought this might be a market to sew for because fancy dresses are just not in the stores

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