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I have the book How to Sew the Wedding dress of your Dreams
and she suggests polyester bridal satin,
Dana Cetz
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Date: 5/21/13 8:33 PM

isn't that low quality and wont it wrinkle easy while I am wearing it?
I really really like the shimmering satin look like in Maggie Sottero dresses.



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Date: 5/21/13 8:45 PM

Dana - my DD had poly satin and I am happy we chose it for several reasons. First of all, I could sew it without having a nervous breakdown. It was my first ever Vogue pattern and I was already pretty freaked out. Second, we didn't have to worry about it on the day. It was an outdoor wedding, it rained a bit and she got the hem awfully grubby and sat on the edge of a planter and got cedar slivers all over the backside. Third, it was never going to be an heirloom or handed down. The pattern just doesn't lend itself to refitting Vogue 2481 Also, it looked terrific, she felt like a million bucks and wore it non-stop from about 11 am to 11 pm.

And as a post script, now that the marriage has ended (not to say yours or anyone else's will) nobody has any regrets over spending a lot of money on a dress that will now likely be sent to a thrift shop.

Another nice thing about it is that if you get some on a super sale, you can afford to make the muslin out of it and you will know exactly how it will look and behave.

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Date: 5/21/13 9:37 PM

Like every other type of fabric, there is good quality and bad.

You an buy satin for $2 a yard that is junk and listed as costume satin, or you can buy the better stuff that looks awesome.

Some people won't touch poly regardless of how it looks or the quality. I recently went to a wedding where the bride had to have a silk dress and it looked cheap and less expensive then the poly bridesmaid dresses.

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Date: 5/21/13 9:48 PM

The difference between silk and poly satin I noticed is the weight. I've done poly dresses that were pretty but heavy and cumbersome compared to silk which is like a feather.After sewing bridal I wanted a silk dress for myself.It was weightless, amazingly light floaty non-clingy;perfect for a warm day.Silk satin is expensive except for dupioni. On the internet though if you shop around you can find some surprising prices.Polyester satin costs much more than it used to and now there are silk rayon and silk cotton blends almost at the same price.Silk is not hard to sew- I prefer it to the other.It is washable if you wash the fabric before cutting out the dress and its dry cleanable.

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Date: 5/21/13 9:59 PM

You made me laugh and smile when you said you were nervous. Yee whom have sewed plenty of ball gowns. I guess we can all get nervous.

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Date: 5/22/13 9:45 AM

Dana - it was actually sewing that wedding dress that gave me the confidence to try the first ballgown. And several years prior to the wedding dress, it was the same kid's high school graduation dress that got me back in to sewing.

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Date: 5/22/13 2:31 PM

I made my daughter's wedding dress and used a very expensive Italian silk satin peau and I never regretted it. This is an heirloom gown that will be cherished for years to come. Natural fibers hold up better over time. If you are going to put many hours into this dress, use the best materials. My daughter's gown had over 450 hours of beading in it and there was no way I would use a cheap satin for that much work. Think about if this will be something for years to come or if it is a cosutme for the day. I will also say that silk was wonderful to work with and the results were worth the expense.

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Date: 5/23/13 2:52 AM

I want to add rose montees to my neckline because I am in love with them. I wanted to do a pink and crystal with gold back (or topaz color) to match my grandmothers pink and gold cameo I have that will be pinned as the centerpiece. Then I plan to do a centerpiece at the empire waistline with star of David and cross in the middle (since I am a messianic Jew). I can't do a sash because the bow in the back will hurt my back.

Than I will also add gallon lace but bead it with crystals before adding it to hemline.

I have the book by Kenneth Cole on Design beading and he suggest this huge frame to stretch the fabric pieces taut and to bead before assembling the dress. I don't have that I also was thinking that I good stiffen each piece with "perfect sew" and than "stab stitch" each
rose montee and seed bead and than knot it off in the back. My wedding isnt tell a long way off but its relaxing idea for me to think about it . The problem is I can't do the bodice and skirt separately because it is all princess pieces. Obviously I am going to make a muslin first, possibly from silk muslin fabric so I can use it as the lining also.

As far as silk goes I thought it was hard to sew because it was slippery. I also like the super shiny shimmering look I thought sillk didnt give off that look.

As far as passing it down, I could save it for my grand daughters or daughters-in-law. I would just hate for them to accept it out of obligation because they don't want to hurt my feelings. However, if the grand daughters take after me they might be sentimental and be upset that there's no heirloom pass me down.

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