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Date: 6/27/11 3:40 PM

So I've been thinking about this style of dress for a few months now; I simply adore the look of it but as a student I lack the funds to run out and buy it. I've seen a lot of this style from Sherri Hill, here's one of them...

After seeing a knock-off online I had assumed they use tulle with a lettuce edge for the bottom. This didn't seem right to me because from what I know with a lettuce edge the fabric should be pretty stretchy. Tulle has a little stretch but not enough to produce this effect, or at least not when I tried. I visited a dress boutique downtown and found one dress similar to the one I like; I can't recall for sure if the skirt was made with tulle but definitely not a lettuce edge...it's something I've never seen before. The edge feels waxy and hard, and it looks like it's been tightly rolled up and then this sort of criss-cross stitch is used to keep it in place. Does anyone know what technique is called and how to accomplish it??? This has been a total mystery to me. Thanks in advance ^^

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Date: 6/27/11 3:52 PM

They insert heavy fishing line into the hem. That is what makes it look like that, and also what you are feeling that is a bit hard in the hem.

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Date: 6/27/11 4:11 PM

I'd guess there is something similar to nylon fishing line inside the rolled hem. And the fabric is definitely stretched to put more line in the edge than would be in there naturally if you were making a plain rolled hem.

As to what fabric? I have no idea.

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Date: 6/27/11 10:09 PM

Check out the Bridal & Formalwear section of the Message Board and then go down to the Fishline hem discussion.

Also, this pattern review member, tourist , makes gowns for her ballroom competition. She probably would be able to steer you in the right direction.

It's always fun to play with a 1/4 yard of fabric to see what you can do with it.

Do you think you would make the entire garment or would you be inclined to find a ready made top and add the skirt and embellishments? I think that you'll be able to make one that looks even better than the designer version. Vogue V1154 has a bodice that's a little more streamline and Vogue V1227 has tiny straps but the cups are more fitted like the dress you like. And, you have probably already looked at bustier patterns that would make a good base for the dress. Saw a near perfect top of the dress for you on the Burda website in a featured section on the home page that said 8 new looks but couldn't figure out which pattern it was???

Anyway, have fun making your dress and hope that you have a fabulous destination in mind for wearing it.

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Date: 6/30/11 11:31 PM

Thanks for all the quick replies X) I thought for a moment it could be fishing line, but I remember the stich being blue so I just assumed it was a heavy thread being used.
a7yrstitch - I'm going to go check out the Bridal/Formal Wear part of the forum now! I don't mind the dress I had shown in my previous post; I feel the bejeweled embroidered applique overlapping the bottom of the bust is either too big, or just in the wrong place. As an artist I'm really particular about proportions, and I'm heavily influenced by the fifties, therefore I prefer a cinched waist. So if I do commit to making a knock off of the aforementioned dress I'll probably lower the applique a few inches. For patterns I have a few I've worked with in the past that I could tweak for it. I'm sort of considering getting McCalls 6325 and altering it. The bust is similar to the Vogue 1227 that you had mentioned. I'm a little apprehensive when it comes to that kind of construction in the bust because at times it can be really unflattering (regardless of cup size). Unfortunately this will be a back-burner project for me as I have about three other dresses I'll be working on, and tuition fees to worry about lol, but I look forward to experimenting with the technique once I figure it out X).

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Date: 7/6/11 11:40 PM

Just saw something called memory wire in the notion section of the Marci Tilton website. Pricey, but interesting.

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Date: 7/7/11 1:14 AM

YOu can insert fishing line inside of a rolled hem.

from serger secrets.

another set of instructions
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