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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Reinforce shoulders of organza type wedding gown bodice ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Reinforce shoulders of organza type wedding gown bodice
I don't want the shoulders or side seam to rip on the wedding day
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Date: 9/11/13 7:14 AM

I'm almost finished with the wedding gown for DD. Since she has a skin reaction to tulle so we made the bodice out of a nylon organdy ( I think. I ordered so many options that I've lost track of the one we ended up using :()
Here is a close up of the shoulder area
Shoulder Close up

The dress has a side zip, so she wants the shoulders to snap, so she can get the dress on without messing up her hair. Here is the top of the dress Gown Bodice

My question: What is the best way to reinforce the shoulder snap area so it won't tear? It will get lace around the neck and the armhole.

Also, I will have about 3 inches at the top of the side zip that is nylon chiffon alone and will also get snaps and a covering of lace. I need to guard against this area ripping as well.

Any ideas from you smart wonderful folks??
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Date: 9/11/13 8:56 AM

Try using a strip of the selvage from the chiffon.

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Date: 9/11/13 10:39 AM

When I put snaps on the shoulders of skating dresses (usually in mesh or illusion), I usually use sheer ribbon as a base for the snaps. Have also use twill when the fabric choice allows it.

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Date: 9/12/13 11:12 AM

Maripat,
The dress looks gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished gown.

I would also go with a strip of selvage from the chiffon. If you think that will show too much, fold over a narrow strip of chiffon and sew it with the shoulder seam.

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Date: 9/17/13 2:42 AM

I'd also be inclined to make whatever you use to be the same colour as her skin if possible, so it doesn't read as a double layer.

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Date: 9/18/13 7:07 AM

Thanks for all of your thoughts. Helen, I wouldn't have thought of that, it is a great point.

When making the dress I left a LOT of seam allowance in the shoulders. Now that we are adding lace, I realize the shoulders will be covered. What I did was folded over the seam allowance 2 times, about as wide as the snaps are. This means that area is 3 thicknesses. A piece of lace over top will hide the reinforcement.

I will upload a picture soon. Gotta go stitch all that lace on. We have 10 days left.

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Date: 9/19/13 10:52 AM

I don't have any advice; I just wanted to say it's looking gorgeous. Can't want to see it finished! Your DD is lucky to have such a talented mom.

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Date: 9/20/13 7:25 AM

Thanks Renee and Annette. I have loads of lace to put on and beads galore, but it's nearly finished. I will post pics when I can. Thanks to all for the kind words!!!

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Date: 9/30/13 4:59 PM

Ok, the wedding is over so here are some photos.

First, my solution for the shoulder area, which held up great.
Here is a photo of the organdy, without the lace. I doubled, tripled the extra seam allowance that I had cut so that there were 3 layers of organdy. Then I applied snaps. The close up is here:shoulder, no lace yet

After the snaps I added lace. The lace piece that wrapped around from the back, near the neck, had an additional snap (clear) to fasten it from back to front, after the front to back large silver snaps were fastened. The best pic I have so far is here: finished shoulder

The finished dress photos are in the post below!

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Date: 9/30/13 5:09 PM

Here are some photos of the finished dress. The bride, DD, told me her wishes for all the design features, and I made them a reality. She looked stunning and we had a beautiful day. When the professional pics come in I will add one or two more, with finished hair and make-up.

Thanks for all your support!

Finished Gown

Finished Gown 2

Finished Gown Front

Finished Gown Side Front
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