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Date: 6/18/13 6:35 PM

My daughter is looking at this style of dress: pattern here

I think she is figuring that between the two of us we can sew it (mostly me). I am wondering if I'm getting in over my head since I have never, ever sewn a wedding dress (or any dress for that matter) and don't know the first thing about it. I think I may have a year to sew it.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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Date: 6/18/13 6:40 PM

kowgiirl, if you have ever sewn a dress before, this shouldn't be all that different. It's a long, lined dress. I guess is depends on how much lace or embellishment you add on, as to the difficulty. Make a muslin and go from there

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Date: 6/18/13 7:07 PM

I think the hardest part of this dress, for you, is to make all those button loops. It's a very simple princess line dress , which you will be fitting to her, and you have a year.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:09 PM

The lines are very simple and elegant looking. The challenge will be in the fitting. Are you good at that in tops/pants/whatever? Is your daughter easy to fit?

And are you willing to do the hand sewing that may be required (mostly for trim)?

I agree that you should start w/ a muslin. Do it before you purchase the "real" fabric. The issues you have fitting the muslin will determine if you have the skill/patience for the final dress. That wasy you aren't left with 6-8 yards of silk/satin/whatever bridal fabric.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:25 PM

Susan Khalje has an excellent Couture Techniques class on Craftsy. I highly recommend that to learn and practice by making the one from class as a sew along with her class. I loved it and have a great dress now.

She also has a book Bridal Couture. I have no direct experience with the book but people here like it.

Start now to practice so if you do not feel up to it she still has time to order one.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:42 PM

My first Vogue was my DD's wedding dress Vogue 8556 and it worked very well. I made a muslin and figured out a lot of the issues while doing that (we needed heavier fabric than we used for the muslin) and it worked out very well. One thing I would do if you will not have access to the bride all the time is to make a DTD or paper tape double to work with when she is not around.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:50 PM

Are you sewing jeans now instead of dresses? If so, just know that sewing a dress, and having it fit you, is most times just a lot more easy than a pair of pants or jeans actually. And a whole year is a long time. I think you can even ignore the fact it is a Wedding dress in the way that if it was shorter, it would just be like any other dress even. So if both of you want to do it, I don't see why not at all. Most people would find sewing a dress, any dress a lot more easy than any pair of jeans I think. Also that year is a good thing. As if you start to make the dress, now and then decide against it, or something does not work out, then you still got time to go buy one instead, so I think both of you should just go for it, if that is what you want.

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Date: 6/18/13 8:04 PM

Well, couple things.

This looks like a nice, straightforward dress, certainly accomplishable by an intermediate seamstress. (And you can buy button loops on a strip, ready made.)

HOWEVER.

It's your daughter's wedding dress--two factors that make it SO MUCH MORE potentially stress-inducing than the pattern might indicate.How are you at handling deadlines? How is your daughter at stressful times? How well do you work together? Will this be a fun bonding experience, or a stressful nightmare?

Only *you* know the answers to those questions... and by this point I'm sure you know your DD well enough to answer them. :D

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Date: 6/18/13 11:35 PM

One positive is that it has Princess Seams = easier Bust fitting in addition to several other seams.

I agree with others:
1) Do a realistic evaluation of your relationship with your daughter in times of stress;
2) Make MUSLINSSSS! in a cheap fabric of the desired weight;
3) Make a duct tape double if your DD is far away.

Also, wide seam allowances are your friend, in particular if your DD decides to diet or is under/over eating due to nerves.

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Date: 6/19/13 8:34 AM

Even though I have been sewing for years and have made lots of prom dresses, I would not tackle a wedding dress simply because of the stress and emotions involved. One suggestion, though. If you love this pattern and want to have a hand in choosing all the materials as a bonding time with your daughter, how about doing that and then hiring a well recommended dressmaker to make the actual dress?

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