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Date: 9/1/11 3:50 PM

My DSIL has asked me to make her wedding dress for June, 2012. She's a country girl at heart, and she wants a denim and lace wedding dress. Does anyone have any design/pattern suggestions for such a dress? I am excited about the challenge, and cant wait to make another wedding dress. But, of course, it has to be a fabulous design and a perfect dress for my DSIL. Nothing too poofy or full. It will be a beach wedding. She loves McCalls 4714 - view B with the long sleeves. I love the lace overlay on view A.
Thanks, Marian
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Date: 9/1/11 4:25 PM

What a beautiful dress. I'm wondering about a light weight denim eyelet. Naturally, this would be a really good reason for me to purchase the Bernina cut work tool and software. This, of course, leads me to think of taking an heirloom sewing approach with open work areas between denim eyelet to keep it light and let it flow. So now I'm thinking of plain denim in elongated ovals or teardrops of denim connected with the openwork and the ovals or teardrops becoming larger as they descend the length of the dress. I wonder if she would be open to crocheted lace with her denim. You could be all over the board with that including incorporating vintage hand crocheted pieces. This sounds like great fun. Is she determined that the denim will be blue? If she wants blue denim and a more solid denim look, it would be interesting to try to bleach an ombre effect into the denim, bleaching a lot at the top and leaving more and more color working down the skirt. I suppose if you're working with true denim, you'll have to wash the heck out of it so it will flow nicely for her. Sounds like a lot of fun. Congratulations on expanding your family. Oh, and don't forget, she could take a more traditional approach with the fabric, obviously something more rugged than satin, and get some extra oomph in custom boots.

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Date: 9/1/11 4:32 PM

Such a pretty dress. When I think "denim and lace" along with "country girl", I see a ruffle at the bottom. That's what Mama put on mine. I had what I call a "folk wedding". Mama made my dress in an empire style, with an embroidered cotton material. I told her I wanted a ruffle on the bottom and she did it. My brides maids and maid of honor, wore dresses in a similar style but made with gingham check material(brides maids in pink and white gingham and maid of honor in lavendar and white gingham)

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Date: 9/1/11 5:57 PM

Wow! You've really got me thinking differently. I wish I could see some examples of the openwork teardrops of denim and the crocheted lace. Bleaching sound great, too, but I think she wants it solid, medium to dark blue denim. Thanks for your great insight! I am definitely going to find out immediately about her boots - what color, etc. I wouldn't have thought about it, but the boots could change everything.
Marian

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Date: 9/1/11 6:00 PM

I would love to see your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses! You're absolutely right - this dress needs to be countrified! Ruffles at the bottom, maybe some white fringe with silver and rhinestone embellishments! Thanks for your ideas - they're inspiring.
Marian
(I think I'm going to google Dolly Parton's wedding dress!)

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Date: 9/1/11 9:43 PM

What about one of the vintage Jessica McClintock for Gunne Sax Patterns? Simplicity had a line of them (including wedding dresses) in the late 70s-early 80's.

Gunne Sax Patterns

Sounds like a really fun project! Keep us posted.

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Date: 9/1/11 10:19 PM

I made my daughter inlaws dress. She loved blue. I made a dress similar to view B. I did the dress in white with a blue overlay. there is a lot of beautiful lace out there I'm sure you can find some.
Make sure you get extra. you can make a mistake.

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Date: 9/1/11 10:31 PM

Denim Shirt Dress

Something like this could be interesting. I know you said she didn't it to be poofy, but i like the idea of a denim top with lacy skirt.

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Date: 9/1/11 10:53 PM

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Date: 9/2/11 0:28 AM

These are a great ideas! I am sending all your links to my DSIL in Missouri. So far, she likes the first dress the best - the McCalls pattern. She says she wont be wearing boots because she wants to get married on the beach. So, she doesnt want it shortened in the front. I guess she doesnt want to make a fashion statement out of her flip flops! I saw some crocheted lace on this website, and I really like it. Here's a link
WesternBrides.com
Thanks for all your suggestions. I have checked them all out, and my head is spinning!
Marian

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