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From: jakcomp
Date: 08-17-2006, 01:57 PM (1 of 2)

I am a 52 year old bride for the first time! I know, all of you are really scratching your head over that one! I will have a super simple church ceremony with family only but I do want a nice dress. I do not want the usual gown in white or even ivory - nor can I manage the usual popular strapless models of popularity. I really want to keep it as simple as possible - with the look of the dress and also the actual sewing project. Actually, I would like to add celtic knotwork to the neckline and perhaps other areas if I could only figure out how to make them - have been searching for pre made appliques of knotwork but just can't seem to find them. Anyway, back to the style - I have seen medieval celtic styles that have increased in popularity lately, but have made a mock up of one - princess seams are good, but the A-line effect at the hips is just not flattering for my 5'4" size. I bought an all nylon floor length stretch lace skirt with self fabric godets up to the knee. I love the way it fits - very slimming and makes me look so tall, but has a "glamorous" look unlike the original look that I would like - so I have decided to perhaps make a scoop neckline, long straight sleeve (would like to have either raglan or dolman), very fitted to the knee with godets on to the floor (sort of a fishtail). Then in keeping with the medieval celtic theme, make a jerkin (vest) style overcoat (possibly a semi sheer fabric) that will also have a scoop neckline with bustline to waistline lacing and open on down to the bottom. I haven't decided how long to make the jerkin. Possibly I will put the celtic knotwork trim on the jerkin overcoat area. Since I lack adequate local stores with apparel fabrics to choose from, I am at a loss as to what fabrics to choose - for each piece. I do not have a pattern for the dress yet - I wonder if I should choose one that is made for stretch fabrics, and if I do, then what types of fabrics (special ocassion) are there to choose from suitable? I have found some stretch laces, but did not really want to use any laces, beading, crystals, pearls or any of the usual bridal trims. I think I would like to use a monochromatic color scheme (maybe bridal gold which is a very muted soft pale gold) with the dress the darker goldtone and the overcoat a shade lighter. Something like that - I know what I want in my mind (sort of a modernized medieval) but am having much trouble with pattern and fabrics selection and also how I am going to come up with the knotwork trim. The wedding will be in a couple of months, but as I live in the deep south, it will still be considered a warm temperature here. Thanks so very much for any help that all of you experts may give to me - I really need it.
Desperate Kathy
User: jakcomp
Member since: 08-15-2006
Total posts: 8
From: Chrysantha
Date: 08-17-2006, 04:53 PM (2 of 2)
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User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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