Post # 1
I’m not new to sewing by any means, and I decided that I was going to have a short dress wedding as it’ll be at a camp site. Well the more I’ve done research, the more I’ve fallen in love with dramatic romantic dresses. My number one dress right now is this:
(Miss Poodle posted the same dress not too long ago, but hasn’t posted any construction yet and I have to start ASAP)
I’m assuming I could just sew the lace to a bustier with a bit of a lace overlay on the back for the buttons, and make basically a circle skirt and start gathering and sewing tulle to it, and on the top layer sew the lace on by hand and then sew all that to the bustier. Am I going in the right direction, or am I completely off?
Actually an after thought, I’d have to sew all the lace (bustier and bottom) on after the skirt was sewn on, right? Also, how do I go about getting those amazing buttons, and the piece that goes around them? And would a double sided satin ribbon would for the bow?
Sorry to ask so much of you, I just adore this dress plus romantic and country seems perfect to me.
Post # 3
yes, you’re right in the aspect of how a dress like this is constructed. I’m relatively competent with my sewing machine, but this is something eveN i would not tackle. Alcenon lace (lace in general) is difficult to work with and to get to lay correctly. A skirt’s not a big deal, but there’s so much construction that goes into a dress like this, that you likely cannot get it to look sturdy and constructed well. There’s a lot of boning and buttons and layering that a professional (or really really good seamstress) should tackle.
Just warning you…this is a huuuuge task. I think it’s adorable, too, though! I just think it’s really really hard. You are talking about a lot of hand-sewing, also. And you need to adjust to the stretching (even minimally) that a bustier will exhibit once it’s on your body. if you do the lace too tight, you could snap some of the threads once you put it on. i think you really need a professinal mannequin bodice to hold up the structure of the bustier so you can sew on to that. Versus laying it flat. Buttons like that are not hard, by the way. You buy that heavy cord threading and loop it between the layers and the buttons you just have to pin sew in there. Around and around and around, lol.
This is a lot of hand-sewing, FYI! You mgiht be able to get a seamstress to make it for you for cheaper.
Post # 4
I would say sew the skirt, and sew the bustier but leave the lace off, then sew them together and create the lining (so the tulle isn’t see through). Then I’d sew the lace on the tulle, and the bustier but hand to make sure the stitches aren’t visable.
For the skirt, try the circle skirt much like you said, and gather the tulle and just keep wraping it around I suppose.
If you could try that dress on (although I believe it’s an older dress, right?), it would probably help you so you knew what you were doing for the tulle.