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Date: 8/21/13 12:41 PM

I purchased this pattern here and waiting for it to arrive. The dress is for my youngest daughter who is planning on a February wedding.
I've never made a dress before and I don't know anything about bridal fabric. There are SO darn many it's mind-boggling .

The pattern calls for either Bridal Satin, Peau de soie, Shantung, Silk Dupioni and Taffeta.

Can anyone tell me which of these might be a good choice for a novice to work with?
All of these have polyester from what I can understand which can make them wrinkle resistant.
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Date: 8/21/13 7:03 PM

Pretty dress pattern. I suggest that you test-drive this pattern in one of the fabrics suggested, though, to check the fit and boost your comfort level. Of the 5 fabrics you list, I'd place the bridal satin and taffeta in the 'slippery' category as compared to the others. That said, you may wish to test drive the less-slippery fabrics. And by the way, I like that you 'run with scissors', because it tells me that you're up to a challenge. Let us know how you make out!

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Date: 8/22/13 0:08 AM

It depends on your budget, they are all weaves of silk, or can be purchased in a look-alike polyester. What does your daughter want? A February wedding means that the polyester shouldn't cause heat discomfort. The lustre of silk can't be beat, but many don't find the price worth it for a one-time dress. Most of the gowns available in stores like David's Bridal would be made of polyester, and are very beautiful. You can look at Silk choices in the bridal salons in big cities to help decide. It may be worth it to swatch your possible choices to help decide, also.

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Date: 8/22/13 7:01 PM

Thank you both

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Date: 8/23/13 1:07 PM

Please keep us posted. You are quite courageous making a bridal gown for your first dress. I agree that a trial garment should be made first out of less expensive fabric to work out the fit details. Did you purchase the patterns by her measurements or by the dress size she buys when out shopping?

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Date: 8/25/13 8:41 PM

It's a pretty dress. Make a muslin before you buy fabric. None of the fabrics listed are really hard to sew, but they are unforgiving of ripped seams. As someone said, these are weaves of fabric and all are available in silk. The silk shantung or dupionni are particularly easy to sew and less expensive than the other fabrics in silk. These are only the outer fabrics; you'll need lining and underlining as well for this project. There's also probably a built in corset for support. I suggest that you purchase Susan Khalje's book on wedding sewing. It's out of print but you can get the cd book on her website.
This is a pretty ambitious project for someone who has never sewn a dress. Have you sewn other garments? At least you have some time. Be prepared to make more than one muslin.

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Date: 8/26/13 1:29 PM

Her measurements.

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Date: 8/26/13 1:39 PM

I have sewn lots of other things before but never a dress. I just recently completed 2 pairs of jeans so I'm hoping those skills along with those learned in the past will help me through this.

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Date: 8/26/13 6:00 PM

Quote: kowgiirl.up
The pattern calls for either Bridal Satin, Peau de soie, Shantung, Silk Dupioni and Taffeta.

These are all medium-weight fabrics with a nice, heavier or crisp (as opposed to slinky or floaty) drape. But they're all pretty different in appearance. Since it sounds like they're fairly similar in the ease of sewing, I would go RTW dress shopping with your DD and tell them you're looking for these specific fabrics. What does your DD like? There's a big visual difference between dupioni (which is lightweight, crisp, and slubby) and satin (which is heavy and shiny), for example, and she might have definite preferences which, sad to say, probably supersede the needs of the seamstress.

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Date: 8/31/13 12:40 PM

My DD and I went to look at fabric yesterday. She fell in love with a bright white chameuse fabric and I had to tell her it wouldn't work for for this dress because it was too slinky. We did find a couple of others she liked so I bought some to play with.

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