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Will craft imatation of the bridal faric work for play
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Date: 3/2/14 11:13 AM

Will discount or craft organza or satin give me an idea if a more expensive organza or satin will work?

What have you guys done for muslin fabric?
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Date: 3/2/14 11:26 AM

Are you saying you need a wedding gown for a theatre production? Why not save a lot of bother and buy a used wedding dress at a thrift shop? Locally they are not expensive and considering the amount of time that would go into creating a costume, not matter what the cost of fabric, a cheap alternative.

You may have to change the closure for quick changes.

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Date: 3/2/14 11:34 AM

Are you looking for a cheap fabric to use for playing with design ideas? If so, then get a swatch or sample of the fabric you plan to use for the final garment, and compare the cheap stuff to it. Look for one that is similar in weight and drape or hand. If your final dress will be white or off white, stick with white or off white test fabrics, because a print or dark color can really change the look.

If you're making a costume for a play, I agree, best idea is to purchase a used dress and put some zips in for quick changes.
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Date: 3/3/14 10:01 AM

sounds to me like you're trying out a pattern before you use the 'real stuff'.
If you're planning on using silk satin and organza, nothing else will drape the same, though a poly satin is a good, less expensive option to start with.
I would find the fabric I hope to use for the finished dress and then look for less expensive fabrics that have a similar feel and drape.

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Date: 3/3/14 10:10 AM

I would have just said go ahead and do it, but having a swatch of the "real" stuff on hand so you can compare is a great idea. I have also wondered about the craft or decorator organzas and chiffons for projects that won't be worn a lot or that can't have a lot of $ spent on them. Whatcha working on, huh?

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Date: 3/3/14 1:23 PM

Thanks for asking, how exciting!!

I want to have a stretch glitter empire bodice with a little bit of gathers under the bust. Than the skirt will be an extreme flared a-line skirt to the floor. The skirt will be made of net that is orange sequin peacock feathers and is supported by an a-line petticoat. The last netting will have a detachable train with light gold or cream organza flounces. I am not quite sure how the flounces will end up being attached to the train. I was hoping to do an overlapping cascading effect.

The dress can easily have enough ease and flow to dance in at the reception. Just slip of the petticoat with train. There would be a built in slip.

BTW do you know of any forums for sewing your drop-dead-gorgeous dancing ball gown dresses?

Your right the walking foot wasn't that scary.

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