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From: ssltd
Date: 01-25-2006, 10:03 AM (1 of 6)
Hi all:
Laura, thanx for encouragement-& I've definitely (after yesterday) sought professional advice. Both spiritually :-), and now professionally. After finally getting this dress to fit by taking in the upper side seams to take up some slack in the bust again, (after all the other seams were also adjusted) it seemed to fit perfectly. Then after I sewed the final lining to the top, trimmed, clipped & turned-somehow it's too tight & pushes her chest upward too much, (bulges). The top can't be raised at all after I clipped the seam to 1/4 ". We both were trying to be brave but almost in tears, I took her, the dress & myself off to a woman who sews, alters, & remakes bridal gowns-for 30 years.
She said the side seam may have been altered to where the curve was too high after it was taken in & made the dress want to slip down. -can't figure out how I did this tho, but she's going to see what she can do-otherwise she said the dress was beautifully made (which made me smile at least) and; I was happy to share some boning tip ends with her since I have hundreds now, lol & she couldn't find any. She's agreed to put this on top priority & hopefully will have it back to us tomorrow, but is also having cataract surgery today !. Ugh, talk about major stress !
Anyway, I have an idea about adding to the topline and wonder if anyone has had to do this ? Sew a satin bias binding to the top-right side together & turn it over the top & stitch it down on the other side? Rather like a satin bound finished edge? I am finishing the top of the gown with a beaded oversewn loop-practiced a bunch & know I can do this-but instead of sewing this to the gown top, using the satin binded edge instead ?
DD thinks this would be prettier anyway, & add some height to the top.
What do you think? We're now at 3 weeks & 2 days B4 W-day, & I stll have all that beading to do!
BTW-loved the 'sock chalk' idea-it works! Any & all ideas would help!

User: ssltd
Member since: 12-14-2005
Total posts: 20
From: Magot
Date: 01-25-2006, 12:00 PM (2 of 6)
Sue - well done on getting someone to give you a hand - it has been ahuge project that you have taken on here - I have no ideas about the satin edge thing - but just wanted to encourage you to keep going in your labour of love.
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: bridesmom
Date: 01-26-2006, 02:19 AM (3 of 6)
I think the satin binding on top would really be pretty, but I don't think I'd topstitch it, I think I'd be really tempted to sew it on the right side and hand sew it on the inside, as topstitching on the outside would take away from the look, at least that's my opinion for what its worth.

I hope your seamstress is able to adjust the dress. Don't give up, you can do this!! We are all in this with you, keep us posted!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: sewingcybermom
Date: 01-26-2006, 11:39 PM (4 of 6)
Just a thought, but have you considered hot fix pearls and crystals? I bead hundreds of skating dresses and would never go back to doing this with thread.
See some of my work here:
User: sewingcybermom
Member since: 01-18-2006
Total posts: 58
From: Carol in ME
Date: 02-11-2006, 10:08 PM (5 of 6)
Satin would be pretty. I worked in a bridal shop last summer, and some of the dresses had a band of bias cut organza or tulle at the top, an inch and a half wide or so.
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: MariLynntex
Date: 02-14-2006, 10:02 PM (6 of 6)
I think the satin-bound edge would be attractive; in fact I have done it. I've made many many bridal dresses and bridesmaids' dresses, including my three daughters' dresses. Also I agree about sewing it to the front and handstitching it to the back. Tulle or organza also are very pretty done this way. Heat-set crystals, beads, and lace are all attractive. Just take your pick! MariLynntex
User: MariLynntex
Member since: 01-05-2006
Total posts: 107
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