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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Source for soft tulle for a skin sensitive bride ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Source for soft tulle for a skin sensitive bride
DD gets hives. She also wants a flowey look.
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Date: 6/10/13 2:59 PM

I am making her wedding gown very similar to this Casablanca 2004 gown Casablanca 2004

The neckline of the underneath satin dress will be sweetheart. The tulle comes over the top of that, ending in a boatneck type curve with no sleeves. The back is total tulle with lace appliqué and the satin part will come to a low waist.

When the edges of the tulle touch her skin she gets hives. If the edges are finished, and the tulle is soft enough we should be ok. I plan to finish the neckline and armholes with lace, probably binding it first with something.

Is there a softer tulle that doesn't lay so stiffly, almost with a little stretch in it, like a knit or something? We've seen it in ready made gowns. The trick is getting something really see through to show off the back.

An alternative might be a lace, though she wants the appliqué to be centered.

I'd appreciate a-n-y help on this one, like suppliers with samples, or a phone number.

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Date: 6/10/13 3:13 PM

I would contact the Etsy seller Merckwaerdigh. She sells semi-sheer bra cup lining in a bunch of colors, including white and nude, and this may do the trick. (It isn't listed in her Etsy store though.) She's based out of the Netherlands but is very responsive and quick with shipping.
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Date: 6/10/13 3:23 PM

Are you sure it's tulle? It looks like a lightweight chiffon to me. That is so much softer and gentler on the skin, and has the sweet, flowy look.

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Date: 6/10/13 3:39 PM

I was thinking chiffon, also. Tulle isn't generally flowy.

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Date: 6/10/13 4:56 PM

My wedding gown is similar. The bodice part is underlined with a netting. I think "net" is a bit softer than "tulle".

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Date: 6/10/13 4:59 PM

Why even risk it, as you don't want hives for your wedding. I think just use something else, very, very different and super soft. Like beige mesh soft and stretchable open holed knit net swim suit lining,(the softer kind of that even has lycra in it) which would be more like what is inside some bras, or maybe just a super soft, thin and very bendable piece of skin colored silk chiffon or such. I think no reason it has to be tulle at all really, as long as it's a bit sheer and see though.

Real 100 percent cotton English netting is just a lot softer and nicer, than anything made of synthetic fiber nylon or polyester most times, and the actual net part of it or any little cut ends of it are not so "pokey" at all, but I would still wash it first to try to get it, as soft as possible. But it's hard to find at most just drive down to fabric stores, and I think only comes in white or maybe what and black, so if you wanted it skin color you would have to dye it first, and it's really expensive if you have to buy a whole yard to get some. But if it's the whole even woven into each other together and knotted net kind of thing, about any kind of net, that is bugging her skin, even that might bother her too.
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Date: 6/10/13 8:48 PM

I think the English Net would do the trick.In lieu of that, organza is sheer,flat and does not have the netting little holes.You can wash this and get it really limp. If you go with lace you will have to deal with the netting that the lace is worked on.

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Date: 6/10/13 10:09 PM

baltazor.com has english bobbin net.

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Date: 6/11/13 8:20 AM

I don't know if this will work, but I get nylon chiffon from this an line vendor. I've used it for flowergirl dresses though, never used it on a bridal gown. It has two way stretch (as opposed to 4-way stretch) and is very light. The vendor is very good to work with by the way.
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Date: 6/11/13 10:53 AM

Have you tried silk tulle? It's much softer than the typical nylon, which does have those sharp, pokey edges. I've bought silk tulle at a reasonable price from bridalgal55 on eBay.

Gorgeous dress, let us know how it's going.
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