- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
Ladies, I need to pick the hive brain.
I have fallen, and fallen hard, for this dress: http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Cap-Sleeve-Lace-Over-Satin-Gown-with-Illusion-Back-T3299
If you look at the back view, you can see that the dress consists of a satin dress with a tulle layer over the satin, and beaded lace appliques sewn onto the tulle.
Having read hundreds of wonderful stories here and elsewhere about their work, I emailed DressilyMe about making this gown for me. I’m on a very tight budget for this wedding, and the idea of dropping over $700 on a dress, however lovely, makes me cringe. I’m not at all sure that I could even make my budget include it. Besides, lessee: have a dress sewn to my shape and size and height (5’3″ on a tall day) in a bit over a month, or order it through David’s, wait 3 months for it to come in, spend twice as much (haven’t gotten a quote from DM yet, that’s a guess) on the dress itself and then another two hundred minimum on alterations? Hmm…which to choose… :p
Paris at DressilyMe emailed me back very quickly, and said that yes, they could make that dress. Of course, there are a couple of caveats: they don’t have exactly the same lace, so the appliques will be close but not an exact copy (duh, and that’s fine) and it’ll take 20-25 days to make, etc. All well and good.
However, I asked them for a quote including bustling. Paris said that they couldn’t bustle the dress, which I thought odd until I did a little poking around and realized that the tulle overlay was the problem: you can’t put any weight on it, of course, or it’ll tear. Blast. I really want to dance at my reception, and how on earth does one dance when wearing a chapel train?
I have done a fair amount of sewing (as an example, I made my nephew’s formal baptismal gown by hand), and did come up with one possibility. If I were to put in a single, small stitch in a couple of dozen places over the train, that wouldn’t be noticeable, but would hold the tulle to the satin. I could then do an underbustle by slipstitching the bustle ribbons to the satin (not the tulle!). That way, the weight of the dress would be on the ribbons and satin, not on the tulle, but the tulle would “follow” the satin into the bustle because it’s attached by the single stitches I mentioned. Of course, this would mean that the overlay wouldn’t “flow” over the underskirt as much since it would be attached to the underskirt, but that might not be terrible noticeable.
The thing is, I really want to dance at my reception, and I can’t imagine dancing with a chapel-length train on the floor–at least, not without doing irreparable damage! Ladies who have had tulle-overlaying-satin dresses with a train: how did you handle the reception? Is there another way to get that train off the floor?
Thanks in advance!