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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Help with finding a pattern ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 7/2/13 12:57 PM

Hi! I'm a young medical student with a very limited budget for my wedding dress and fell in love with one on Etsy that I just can't afford. My mother, who made all of our clothes as children, has offered to try to make one for me. I have been looking at the big 4 patterns and can't seem to find one that would fit. Could anyone help me. I would really appreciate it, thank you so much!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/114617115/josephine-lace-and-silk-chiffon-gown

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Date: 7/2/13 7:24 PM

Hi lily.When I look at a style I break it down into sections. the bodice is meant to look nude-with lace.So the under bodice is skin colored.It looks invisible in back so there may be only structure in the front/This would then be a backless strapless bodice gown pattern.Or a full straples that you would just use for the front and ignore the back or do it in sheer the lace itself is like a tiny T shirt that goes over it,forming the sheer neckline and back.So any pattern that combines a sheer overlay with some kind of strapless under bodice can be changed a little to get the exact look.The bodice hits at the exact waistline,look for this in your pattern search.It will have to have boning in the underbodice but the shoulders in the lace will keep it from migrating down like most strapless. The skirt appears to be a semi full skirt,gathered into the waist.Chiffon falls close to the body and I would guess is several layers.The hardest thing to find is what I assume is pre-pleated chiffon in silk which looks like the top layer of the skirt.There is one company called anjourian silks that will pre-pleat their fabric The web site is a mess I'd recommend calling and its pricey.But if you just use it for the top layer maybe you won't need tons.the skirt would be lined with a semi full or slight A-line shape.The little side drape reminds me of the pannier from French renaissance.Its just a small gathered layer swathed up into the waistline seam.If you go on e-bay or heavens to betsy or lanetz living look at 80's dresses with a natural waistline and a fitted bodice.You can always find a different shaped one for the over bodice or perhaps redraw the neckline and sleeve detail on a pattern.There were no sleeves to speak of after that in the big 4. The closest might be 50's semi-formals or 60's styles [but mostly empire bodices] Don't overlook day dresses and formals for the shapes you want You certainly can re-create your dream dress at less than half that cost. carry

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Date: 7/2/13 7:34 PM

liliy just looked at it again---there are no sleeves its just a sleeveless fitted lace top---so pretty. carry

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Date: 7/2/13 9:56 PM

I was looking for something on e bay
thought I'd take a quick look for you
Vogue 1325 has a fitted bodice change the skirt
1960's simplicity wedding gown pattern2511[type that in]
vogue 2979 could get the design from these pieces
Butterick 5731 Kate middleton use the bodice lower the neckline,change the skirt
but the closest to the design is Simplicity 4070 a prom dress -lengthen the skirt lower the neckline a little.I think this might be oop saw it on ebay but simp. site also has it if you type in the number. patterns.com might too. Hope this inspires you. carry

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Date: 7/2/13 11:25 PM

Hi Carry, Thank you so much for your reply! It is incredibly helpful! I didn't realize that the white lace part of the top was it's own piece. I guess I was assuming that it was just white lace sewn onto the nude lace. Good to know! Where would one go about getting such fancy lace anyways? The only fabric store near me is Joann's and I don't see them having anything like that.

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Date: 7/3/13 1:08 AM

Joann's never has good stuff like that.If you go online,there's a couple of sites.It should be cotton and rayon,the motifs are corded.I'm seeing some cheap Chinese lace that isn't well done these days.So shop at an established place.It is expensive so calculate when you get the pattern figured out.The last I bought was from Baltazar Heirloom in La. Banksville fabric has an online site but you have to call to order-they are top notch and helpful.B& J [or is it Jand B?] has the best I've ever seen but is pricey.The thing about the lace is you won't need that much.The white lace does look separate to me but if the nude lace is the whole top its probably some kind of stretch lace,not a real quality formal choice.I'd use sheer nude netting or organza under a real alencon lace top,skin tone under- bodice.

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Date: 7/3/13 3:07 AM

Lovely dress! I believe that the bodice is applique and the description seems to imply that, as well ("...alencon lace, which overlays a foundation of nude colored lace").

With this in mind, you want to look for a very simple bodice - no princess seams - with a jewel neckline at front and back . I think Kwik Sew 3521 - view B looks very similar in shape to your inspiration dress. You would only need to lengthen the pattern and add the draped swag to the skirt.

I don't know where you live, but are you anywhere near a large city with specialty fabric shops? Could you make a "road trip" with your mother to look at some laces in person?

Good luck making your dress!

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Date: 7/3/13 8:12 AM

If I was attempting this, I think I'd buy a backless strapless bustier and attach lace to it to make the underbodice. Maybe even cut the front off of the bustier and sew it into the dress so the back is all lace. It would greatly simplify making it.

Then I'd make the dress with the lace on top and the chiffon skirt. I think the chiffon is only one layer with the swag on top, underlined with a silk charmeuse.

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Date: 7/3/13 4:23 PM

Lacis.com (NAYY) is reputed to have an amazing selection (of which very little is represented on their online shopping site). You should call and get personalized service. Everyone I know who's gone there raved about the service.

Lace can get VERY EXPENSIVE in a hurry, though - so watch out!

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