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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/19/11 10:44 PM

It's me again. I have several patterns for my wedding dress and then found this picture. This is it, this is exactly what I had pictured in my head. Can we do this, just make the outer layer of the skirt and the corset in denim??? The denim can't be much heavier than the heavy satin used in this picture....what do you think? This dress is available to me in ivory in a size 16-18 for $200, but I really, really want denim & white. What do you think??? The dress available is already too big and I am trying to lose more before the wedding, will continue to work out the rest of the year and begin fittings Mar-Apr so I have plenty of time for sewing since I've never done anything like this before. Afraid the dress that already is will be too big for alterations by dress time...plus it's not denim. If you could help me find a similar pattern I would sure appreciate it!



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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 0:07 AM

I can't help you with this one- sorry- but I just had to say that the dress picture is BEAUTIFUL!

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 0:57 AM

Thank you, I think I will probably buy the dress and settle for denim and ivory, take apart the dress and use the outer layer for the pattern and remake the outer layer and bodice in denim.

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 9:29 AM

I love the dress! It's beautiful! Where would you put the denim? Like a denim corset--I am trying to picture what you are doing? I just got a sample of red denim from www.nickoftime.net fabric and it was nice and lightweight and they were great communicating. Haven't ordered though, have too many projects in the que!

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 11:04 AM

Is there a picture of the back of the dress available? Looking at it from the front, it looks as if it may be simpler than you think as it looks like there is a band that goes around the hip that would disguise the union of the bodice and the outer skirt layer. Have you seen the dress in person? It does look as if the outer skirt might be detachable.

Had you thought of paring it down? Maybe skip the outermost layer of fabric and then use the denim where the pictured dress uses the embroidered satin? Or, is that not what you are going for? The more I study the picture, the more it looks as if the outer layer is a detachable skirt/train.

It is beautiful. Hope you can fill us in with a few more details so we can all jump in and help you. In the meantime, here's a thought. If you could alter the dress to fit, it would be interesting to remove the outer satin skirt that you want to replace (what a lot of beautiful material) and then make an entire overdress out of the denim. So that would be a bodice and a new skirt overlay out of denim as a one piece garment, like a giant long vest. The fit of the bodice would have to be perfection and it could be cut to allow a full border of the original bodice to peak out around the top to give the illusion of a lace trim. Again, I would have to see it all in person, but a laced closing that leaves some of the original bodice peeking out would be very pretty and tie (literally) the whole theme together. Then, of course, if it became too hot or heavy for dancing after the wedding, you could remove the denim layer.

As far as the trim (looks like fabric flowers), I would be torn between no trim, denim flowers, suede flowers to match the lacing, or (very tricky) real flowers with some carefully planned eyelets in the denim for hold points.

Since you are planning to combine denim with cream or white lace and satin, you might want to prewash the denim more than once so that there is no chance of the denim leaching any color onto your other fabrics. This thought makes the idea of the denim being its own totally removable outer garment more appealing.

Please let us know more. Congratulations and best wishes.

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 11:45 AM

The outer layer is the part I want to be denim, as you suggested. The wedding is in December and I would add a lace shrug. I have not seen the dress in person yet, but will be trying it on this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed girls, if it is the dress in the picture, it is my dream dress! I love your ideas 7yr. I had not even considered keeping the original bodice, I was thinking of replacing the bodice and the outer layer of skirting with the denim. I haven't decided about the sash, it just depends on the actual dress. I did not even think about prewashing the denim to avoid leaching, thank you so much! Real flowers...how amazing would that be?? Wow, I will have to consider that, I was planning to replace them with some beaded lace edging, but perhaps I have a new idea. I have not seen the back of the dress, I plan to add a corset back if it doesn't already have one. I will try to get pics tonight or tomorrow and update this thread when I know more.

Loving the ideas, thanks girls....

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 8:04 PM

Okay girls, here are the pics, keep in mind I am not wearing the proper undergarments or shoes. I welcome all of your ideas.



Let me know what you think. My thought was to remake the bodice and the outer layer of skirting in the denim.

(Hopefully with the help of my trainer, it will have to be taken in by then, I have over a year -wink-)

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 10:28 PM

Style Arc has a sorta-kinda dress pattern. It would have to be lengthed obviously, and the the bodice isn't totally the same, but it could be a start.

That's a beautiful dress, BTW.

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 10:32 PM

Marfy Dress It's only $131 for a pattern!

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http://theramblingsoftcm.blogspot.com/
Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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Subject: Argh I found the dress, need the pattern Date: 9/20/11 11:03 PM

Oh, I don't need the pattern now. The dress is mine. I just will be adding the denim as the outer layer somehow. There's no way I could get all that lace and embroidery for $200....so I'm already winning!!!!

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