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Date: 1/1/07 9:54 PM

Alrighty, soon enough I'm going to start sewing my wedding dress, and there's a lot of things I'm pinging back and forth idea wise. I'm more than open to opinions!
I'm trying to lose weight, but don't want to be waiting until the end to sew so that I'll know what size I am. So my plan is to start with my veil (which is one size fits all) and move onto my petticoat, then my skirt. The idea is that they will be much easier to adjust than the bodice (which I'll work on last). Anyway, does that seem as much of a good idea as I think it is right now?
I've some other questions (some technical, some opinions) for later, but sort of want to get sketches uploaded so you know what I'm talking about first.

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Date: 1/1/07 10:04 PM

Sounds like a good approach, moonfleur. My DD lost 8 pounds after I made her dress. This only affected the fit of the bodice, so making the bodice last is a very good idea.

Good luck. Have you chosen a pattern yet?

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Date: 1/1/07 10:18 PM

I have two different patterns I'm going to work off of (which I currently have packed in a box somewhere, the same as all the rest of my belongings ) I'll check the numbers as soon as I find them. But it's going to have bodice with a slightly dropped waist, 3/4 length sleeves that trumpet, an Aline skirt. Detail-wise, the bodice is going to have a ruched fauxwrap overlay, with the sleeves in the same sheer fabric. The skirt will have an open apron back, and inside the train will be a gathered sheer. I'm going to use light colored swavroski crystal scattered throughout the sheer portion.

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Date: 1/1/07 10:24 PM

It sounds like a good approach to me, as long as you sew well under pressure.

There is a lot of stress leading up to a wedding which gets worse and worse (well it did in my experience ) the closer the wedding date gets. Your approach means you will be sewing the hardest part of the dress at possibly the most stressful time.

From a fitting perspective your idea sounds great but have you sewn this style of bodice before and feel comfortable both sewing and fitting it? Do you feel comfortable working with the fabric and know all it's quirks? I personally wouldn't like to be trying something new-to-me when stressed.

You don't have to answer these questions. Just something to think about. There's my two cents.

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Date: 1/1/07 10:33 PM

Moonfleur, how nice to see you on the boards again. Your approach sounds good to me except that I'm sure I'd head out to the shops and, gasp, buy a wedding dress! Your dress sounds lovely as long as the stress doesn't do you in.

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Date: 1/1/07 10:57 PM

I THRIVE off stress. Lol. Seriously, I've been hell bent on sewing my own wedding gown for a long time. And I've done enough formal gowns to feel comfortable with this, and I'm giving myself plenty of time (almost too much). I've done bodices like this WITHOUT the overlay (actually, quite a few fairly similar for the Renaissance faire) and I don't think the overlay will throw in too much of a wrench into it.

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Date: 1/1/07 11:24 PM

>>I THRIVE off stress. I've done enough formal gowns to
>>feel comfortable with this, and I'm giving myself plenty of
>>time (almost too much). I've done bodices like this

Then go sew that veil!!
Your plan sounds perfect to me. I can't wait to see the final dress.

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Date: 1/3/07 4:27 PM

I made my neice's wedding dress (the wedding from the dark side) and I built in ribbon lacing into the back princess seams. I made little ribbon loops I double stitched into the back princess seams and then laced up the back with satin ribbon (though a taffeta ribbon is nice, too) to make the final fitting fast!

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Date: 1/3/07 5:04 PM

Best wishes for the dress, wedding and married life.

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Date: 1/3/07 8:53 PM

A wedding dress is very special. However, a wedding dress you make yourself (or made by a loved one) is even more special and meaningful. When I made my dd's dress, I made it with a lace-up back like Maggie Sottero dresses have. I only got to fit the dress once because she lives in another state and she lost weight before the wedding. Thank goodness for the lace-up back!

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