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Date: 1/16/12 8:12 PM

My son is getting married in April and after surveying what's out there on the rack, I have decided to employ a seamstress. I am not experienced enough to take on something like this.. While meeting with her today, we discussed fabric. I assumed I needed to buy silk, but she said that the polyester that looks like silk is fine and easier to sew, though she does not object to silk. Is there a difference in the end result? Does one look better than the other or can one tell the difference? The thought of poly anything has always sent shivers down my spine, but I understand times have changed and things have improved. I don't want to be a fabric snob here. I'm probably looking at using a double sided very soft satin, the shiny side for the top and duller side for the skirt using Vogue 7876 view E for the top and Vogue 7963 for the skirt if that matters. Sorry I don't know how to do a direct link. Any insight on the material would be appreciated!

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Date: 1/16/12 8:16 PM

geesh... wrong forum - don't even know how i did that? Dow anybody know how to change that?????

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Date: 1/16/12 8:38 PM

I don't agree with your seamstress. a silk shantung is easy to sew and breathes better than poly. If you underline the silk with cottonm tehn it wil wrinkle less and be more comfortable to wear. If you buy online it may be as inexpensive as a nice quality poly.

Silk satin can be spendy but check out places like supersilk .com or thaisilks.com or some of the discounted places...I just bougt a heavy charmuse from kashi at metro for $10/yard

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Date: 1/16/12 8:45 PM

Someone will come along and change it for you.
So this is the blouse.

this is the fabric that can be used.FABRICS: Challis, Crepe, Silk Faille, Charmeuse and Double Georgette.

This is the skirt your going to have someone make. Or are you going to have the short one.
The fabric for the skirt. FABRICS: Silk Faille, Shantung, Peau de Soie and Linen
If you go with silk you have to remember that it water stains real easy or any other kind of stain are real hard to get out.
You could go and look at bridal fabric and come close to what would work.
I like the washable satin it works well and it looks nice with out costing a lot of money.

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Date: 1/16/12 9:25 PM

There are some lovely polyesters these days.

That said, for such an important dress, in my opinion, you are entitled to silk. We had my daughter's wedding dress made (my skills were not up to it) and used some gorgeous silk dupioni, and she looked fabulous. Real silk will breathe and be super-comfortable, it will drape beautifully, and look wonderful.

You do not have to pay huge amounts for real silk. It is true, you can find silk for over a $100 a yard, but you can find it for a lot less online. I don't seem to have saved where I bought my daughter's silk, but it was a really lovely Japanese silk at a great price.

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Date: 1/16/12 10:11 PM

IME, polyester can be fine, but not always. I got married in a polyester crepe dress that really looked and felt like silk. Nobody ever thought it wasn't silk. I was glad my wedding dress didn't cost an arm and a leg.
That said, I wouldn't have a polyester satin dress, because it won't be forgiving at all, the material doesn't breathe the same way as natural fibers. Even real silk satin/shantung is not that easy to wear -it adds pounds- but polyester satin-like fabric is the worst. IMO, there's a risk it will look really cheap.
So my take is that it's depends on the type of fabric, some chiffon polyester or crepe look as good as silk
But if you can afford it, go with the best material. I think the older we get, the better the fabric has to be. Young -and thin- 20 something can get away with a lot of things a mother of the groom can't.
One of my SIL has always been on the heavy side, but she is by far the most elegant of our family : her clothes are always classic and custom made in great materials, and it shows.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 1/16/12 11:06 PM

This topic has been moved from Sewing Machines to Bridal and Formalwear Sewing

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Date: 1/17/12 0:17 AM

Thanks to whomever moved this for me!

So if I look for silks, any stores on line recommended?
I'm near Waetchers Silk Shop in Asheville, NC, but don't know too much about them. I'm about 2 hours from MaryJo's in Gastonia NC. I'm thinking that they carry silks. Anybody been there?
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Date: 1/17/12 11:00 AM

Joann's might have some crappy silk drapery fabric for $30+ per yard. FabricMart's silk is 40% off (most are around $15 per yard before the discount), and their QPR is always excellent.

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Date: 1/17/12 11:49 AM

Mary Jo's Cloth Store in Gastonia has a nice bridal section with polys and silks if you are planning to make the two hour trip to Gastonia.

Waechter's has gorgeous fabrics and since it is so close it is worth a visit. I'm sure they can give you lots of good advice about silk and having something custom sewn.

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