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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Any good sources to learn ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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wedding gown embellishment techniques?
Dana Cetz
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Date: 5/3/13 8:12 PM

I have found books on sewing wedding gowns but am trying to learn all the ruffles and embellishments.

I am assuming that they make the outer skirt and put it on a dress stand and than hand sew the ruffles.

Separate idea here, my honey has a tall stand up boxing tubular bag that he punches. I took one look at that and thought hey I got put my aline and ball gown wedding skirts on that.

What do You think?

Another question is there a difference between the bouffant style and ballgown style?

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Date: 5/6/13 6:38 PM

Everyone recommends Susan Khalje"s Couture Dressmaking CD and book. I can't tell what kind of ruffles,ect you are trying for.Every wedding dress is different,the styles are as varied as regular dresses but perfecting your techniques by sewing challenging items will increase your smarts for everything you sew later.
A ballgown is usually formal and long.It can be bouffant meaning very full skirted or less full.A bouffant style can be formal or daywear like classic 50's with petticoats .In wedding dresses it seems "princess" is what they cal long full skirted gathered waist gowns as opposed to A line or slightly full

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Date: 5/20/13 7:04 PM

Also Susan Khalje's Bridal Couture has some good embellishment hints. I am also very fond of this book: The Art of Manipulating Fabric
The boxing bag is a possibility, but have you considered a dress form. If you don't want to buy one, there is always this: packing tape dummy

Best of luck in your quest for skills! Oh, don't forget Claire Schaffer's Couture book. It's got a lot of cool stuff too.

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Date: 5/20/13 8:50 PM

The main difference between a heavy bag and a dress form is shape. To make sure ruffles and embellishments hang correctly, you really need at least a semblance of hips and the "back porch." If you are doing a close fitting or even drapey gown, allowing to hang straight down while finishing it would be a pretty bad idea. Doing a big puffy, "bouffant" style probably would not make as much of a difference, but then you still have to consider how you are going to attach it? And this is without even discussing the bodice...

A duct tape or paper tape double is easy and fun and will give you the right shape and then if you are embellishing on the gown it will all fall the right way.

I do ballroom competition gowns, so a bit of a different animal, but I do have a tutorial on gluing rhinestones that you might find helpful.

Have fun! Big, fancy projects are a lot of fun.

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