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From: Magot
Date: 12-23-2005, 12:42 PM (1 of 14)
Well, I've finally pinned down my hippie daughter into choosing material and pattern for a dress. She came home from Uni having completely forgotten that she had changed the date of her weding without telling us at all....sheesh. So now we are looking at Maundy Thursday - a better day as it is in the Easter holidays rather than in the middle of exams.
She has chosen http://www.habithat.co.uk/product_info.php/products_id/7917 view D ( with the spaghetti straps and godet). We have a really nice cream silk for the dress and a fabulous cream silk embroidered with green rose and gold jacobean style flowers for the godet. I will also be making a bolero out of the silk to keep her armies warm.

I told her I would have to make the dress this holiday when I have 2 weeks off school and her body is handy for trying things on. So far it has taken me one of the 2 weeks to get her to choose a pattern. She is really pleased with the choice and is quite keen on looking like a girlie instead of army surplus. Mind you, I fully expect to find her up a tree at some stage...
The lining is sumptuous - made out of a fibre woven from tree bark, a most unusual cloth. I remembered to buy everythng I need except some new pins...I might be able to pick them up tomorrow in town then I can get to work straight after Christmas. What a treat. I am pleased to say that the fabric and notions only came to 120 so an absolute bargain there!

I may need advice as this whole project goes on...
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
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From: DorothyL
Date: 12-23-2005, 01:31 PM (2 of 14)
Good luck with the dress.
Dorothy
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From: ssltd
Date: 12-23-2005, 02:35 PM (3 of 14)
Hi there:
your daughters dress sounds like it will be exquisite-rather like something I would have chosen back "in the day"-very unique & pretty.
I'm very curious about the lining-tree bark. What is it exactly? I was thinking it might be a sort of hemp, which my older daughter swears is the most comfortable fabric around.
The godet fabric sounds fabulous-did you just happen to come across it or go hunting?

Sue
~Sue~
User: ssltd
Member since: 12-14-2005
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From: Magot
Date: 12-23-2005, 11:39 PM (4 of 14)
The lining is a soft lustrous material, wonderful feel.It is a pale gold and called cupro. In looks it seems similar to acetate lining but has a softer feel as though it will flow better. It is quite heavy and is hand wash or dry clean.
The other fabric was just on the rack and we went oooooh when we saw it. The selection is really quite limited a this shop so we looked at material first to see what we could do and then went to look for patterns. The silk was 11 per metre - standard really and this accent material was 30 per metre but what a find!. I will probably use the left over material to make a cushion as a keepsake for them.

Hemp handles very like linen and is again a very breathable fabric. Mary, our great leader has used it and says it is great. As a committed environmentalist Katie is very pleased to get a dress made entirely of natural fibres rather than some which are based on the petroleum industry.
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
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From: ssltd
Date: 12-24-2005, 11:50 AM (5 of 14)
Would love to see pics of this fabric, if you can upload some? It sounds gorgeous !
~Sue~
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From: bridesmom
Date: 12-27-2005, 01:59 PM (6 of 14)
This sounds absolutely lovely Jan. I'm sure it will be beautiful and she will be a beautiful bride.
Laura
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From: Magot
Date: 12-27-2005, 05:19 PM (7 of 14)
Well I've managed a mock up of the bodice and a little bolero to go over it - One is too small and the other too large....hey ho. Actually SHE thinks one is too small, I think it is a great fit - but the bolero is a bit large so I will adjust that. She is planning on going camping for a few days with some friends and we have just had our first snowfall - they don't use tents - just groundsheets. Getting her into a dress is impressive!

SSLTD I don't have a website to load any pictures to but if you pm me your address I can email you some as we go along.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: mommydionne
Date: 01-02-2006, 02:01 PM (8 of 14)
Isn't cupro a type of rayon? just thought I had heard the two terms linked in the past. Have fun sewing.
Jeanette
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From: Magot
Date: 01-02-2006, 02:23 PM (9 of 14)
It may well be for all I know Jeanette - it is very slippy anyway! The lady in the shop said it was made of tree bark...it is dry clean onlyand if you get any water on it it stains. (Yes, I sneezed - what a mess)
I have finished the dress bar the hemming which will wait until we have shoes - or not as the case may be. Still the bolero to go and she heads off back to Uni on the 8th. I am back at work tomorrow so I am glad to have got done that which I needed to do before she leaves.
What sort of undergarments do people use to give the skirt a bit of body? It is not a huge wide skirt but it looks like it could do with a little something. Do you make petticoats out of layers of net or what?
My previous undergarment experience has been in making a farthingale or 2 and I have threatened her with those - she does NOT want hoops that is all there is to it!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: bridesmom
Date: 01-04-2006, 01:22 AM (10 of 14)
I would think a petticoat made with a netting would give some body to the dress, since it can be scratchy, what about putting the netting over a long slip?
My daughters dress, we put a netted lining right on the dress with a regular lining over that, against her skin, it was just enough to give it that little stiffness so it didn't hang. Could you do that to the dress? I made the netting skirt up then tacked it inside the dress between the fabric and lining. I tacked it along the seam lines and it worked quite well.

What's a farthingale?
Laura
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: Magot
Date: 01-04-2006, 11:29 AM (11 of 14)
Thanks Laura - good ideas - I like the idea of sliding the netting in between the dress and the lining...you've got my juices going.
You can see a farthingale here - http://costume.dm.net/farthingale/history.html I made them to wear under Katies Big Red Velvet Tudor reenactment thingy dress which can be seen here - http://www.resmiranda.co.uk/Recent%20Events.html - scroll down to Celebrating Victory and Katie is the young maid on the left in the gold and rose ensemble. Having made one using the spanish alencis pattern which was aweful - I then sliced up a sheet and sewed a hula hoop around the edge - worked a treat - not very historically accurate but less of a pain to wear.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: bridesmom
Date: 01-08-2006, 12:58 AM (12 of 14)
Those dresses are beautiful but they look like they could be mighty uncomfortable, and with such a hoop in them, I'd think you'd sit down and your skirt would come up over your head almost! Beautiful daughter in a beautiful dress Jan.
Laura
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: bridesmom
Date: 01-08-2006, 12:59 AM (13 of 14)
Just going to send you a pm so you can email me some pics of her wedding dress, I'm looking forward to seeing it as it sounds so untraditional.
Laura
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
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Total posts: 2026
From: Magot
Date: 01-08-2006, 04:38 PM (14 of 14)
I've e mailed you Laura but I am having trouble with my server - let me know if the pics arrive.
Going to the loo in those things is an art. It is easiest to squat over a potty!
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
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