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Date: 4/2/13 8:23 PM

I am trying to make a two piece wedding dress - a slip underneath (no problem), but she wants an all over lace on top. I have looked at lace dresses, and they look like they are actually made out of silk tulle with lace appliques placed on it - lots of applique at the top, with less and less toward the bottom, and a lace trim hem. Does that sound like the right way to do this? Where do I find lace with a fairly large pattern, and how much lace will I need for a dress that needs about 5 1/2 yards of fabric. Is there anything I am missing? Any help appreciated!

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Date: 4/3/13 0:59 AM

I made my daughters dress and the all over lace over dress was made from alencon lace. But it's a light airy lace. I think for more substantial (expensive) lace it is probably done the way you describe.

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Date: 4/3/13 2:01 AM

Kathryn, a wonderful sewist who often posts at artisanssquare, made a couturier wedding dress of lace for her daughter--and ghen enerousky shared her techniques. You will find valuable tips and inspirition here.

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Date: 4/3/13 2:45 AM

I, too made my daughter's wedding dress from alencon lace, and would recommend Susan Khalje's book on CD Bridal Couture, which you can purchase from susankhalje.com. It's very helpful for working with lace.

If you are able to get to NYC, you have all the lace in the world available. I would recommend checking out Sposabella Lace in the garment district. I ordered from them online for my dd's dress.

Good luck, and keep us posted.

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Date: 4/3/13 7:34 PM

I've done a few lace dresses. The reason commercial dresses are composed of applique over net is to save on cost. You can frugally piece together this type but the amount of time spent doing this may be a factor. Alencon Lace comes in 18,36,45 and rarely 60 inch widths.If you like that airy look with the lower part of the dress just netting you might look for embroidered netting and a 36 or 45 in.width of alencon for the bodice that has a narrower width matching hem border which will be corded and scalloped on both edges. This can be cut around the motifs and appliqued to the hem. Chantilly lace is a limp thinner feeling version of french lace,. The designs are not corded as in Alencon. The edges on some Chantillys are more detailed and somewhat heavier which could serve as the hem edge.I have seen some non-French chantilly that looks as good but is much lower in cost. Hope this helps

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Date: 4/8/13 8:50 AM

I, too am making a lace wedding gown. We purchased a used gown off of Craigslist to use the beads and lace motifs. It was $100.00, so I figure I'm ahead of the game.
Thanks for the above info. I'd also like to ask, is there a name for a lightweight, limp tulle that is somewhat soft? DD doesn't want a lot of stiffness. The outer layer of her dress will be this tulle, appliquéd with the lace motifs, with an inner layer of satin.
I can't really tell what I'm looking at when I just search "tulle" online. I end up getting crafting sites :)

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Date: 4/8/13 9:13 AM



Ok, here is the photo of the dress we are trying to imitate.
(Sorry, I'm a little out of practice here at PatternReview, I usually post links. )

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Date: 4/8/13 4:02 PM

Tulle is netting:little tiny suares,lace is worked on a tulle backround.Silk tulle is expensive but is very soft and cotton tulle is also soft and costly but you can hardly ever find it. French Alencon lace is on a cotton- rayon tulle as well as most Chantilly lace. Nylon tulle is used in veils petticoats and as underconstruction. Sometimes layers and layers are used in a dress for a bouffant style.It comes in millions of colors.The dress pictured might be made of organza which is very popular right now because the look is light and airy as opposed to the heavy satin look. Organza comes in silk and in poly.The silk which is not veery expensive is plain or satin faced. It is slightly stiff, has more body than tulle but has a floaty soft silhouette. It is showing up now with floral almost jacquard designs or even appliques as well as plain.It is ok to cut but the edges fray and need pre stitching or fray check .If you use regular tulle count on doing two layers at least or it will seem to disappear against the lining.You shoukd use a good satin for the underdress,maybe silk duchess or silk satin. Hope this helps...carry

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Date: 4/19/13 5:25 PM

Such a detailed response, carry. Thank you so much.

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Date: 3/25/15 4:49 PM

You should be able to get cotton netting, gorgeous stuff, from one of the heirloom sewing sites like Martha Pullen or Farmhouse Fabrics. It is lovely stuff to work with and personally I would choose it as a base before the silk tulle. The cotton netting is a bit more substantial and will carry the weight of the lace beautifully.

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