Post # 1
Hello ladies–please help! I’m starting to doubt my dress choice, so I hope you can help me on this one. I bought my dress back in November after several shopping trips, and it has now arrived (you can see it here: http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/gg125/blushingaudrey/?action=view¤t=melodia.jpg ). I really do love almost everything about it–it fits and looks great, the lace is beautiful, and the cut of the skirt is exactly right for me. The only problem is the neckline. I really really wanted a dress with sleeves, and a boatneck or high off-shoulder neck–but of course no stores carried samples close to what I was looking for. Obviously, this is a strapless dress. The fact that it had a matcjhing jacket was great, but the store didn’t have the jacket sample, so I had to order that without trying it on. And now that I have it, I am unimpressed. I don’t think it looks great on me (though it doesn;t look *bad* just… boring), and it is really itchy 9the dress itself is quite comfortable). The strapless alone doesn’t look bad on me, but it’s just not what I wanted (plus for the ceremony at least I have to cover my shoulders, church rules).
Soo… my options…
1) Suck it up, wear the jacket for the ceremony, and maybe take it off after
2) Find a new dress.
3) Make a new jacket.
Option #3 is the most intriguing to me at this point–both my mom and I can sew very well, so it is a valid option for us. What I’m thinking is something cut along the lines of the top of this dress: http://www.dcnearlyweds.com/uploaded_images/Rosa-Clara-4-753947.jpg –a cropped "jacket" that buttons in the back, in a satin that matches the underlayer of my dress (which is visible through the lace), and trimmed with matching lace.
What do you think? Would it work? Any other ideas? Thank you!!
Post # 3
I think option 3 sounds ambitious but AWESOME!
Post # 4
Well no wonder the jacket is itchy – its all lace! Have you considered having your mom line the existing jacket with white satin? That would take care of the itchiness problem.
Making a jacket wouldn’t be too difficult, although I hope you have sewn on satin before – its a bear. Slippery stuff. Make sure you buy all new pins, as any flaw in the pin will snag the fabric. And if you are trying to design your own jacket (on an idea rather than a pattern) I would actually start with muslin until you get the look and fit you want, and then disassemble your muslin jacket and use it for the pattern. My mom does a lot of costume design for our local high school drama program, and designing from an idea is always a process, which usually requires several iterations.
Post # 5
3 sounds great. Or you could alter your dress itself adding satin at the top to create the boatneck and the sleaves. You could use the lace from the jacket to edge the alteration or the jacket to tie it into the dress even more.
Post # 6
I love the dress. It looks beautiful!!!
I would go with option #3 and in the event that option 3 falls through then go with option #1.
I would be really nice if you and your mom made a jacket together – such a nice touch to the wedding to really personalize it!
If you end up making one please post it so we can see!
Post # 7
The jacket actually has a lining, some sort of netting, but obviously it isn’t enough. I briefly considered lining it with satin, but if I’m going to the trouble, I’d rather just make a new one. I would definitely make a muslin first (out of a cheap satin to give me a better idea), and I do have a pattern to start from, though it will need significant modifications. Thanks for your comments on satin though – never sewed satin before so they will come in handy for sure!
Post # 8
i like this idea….i will only ask one thing;
Will this boatneck jacket cover your shoulders as is required for your ceremony?
Since I’m noticing your a November bride too (woo hoo! November brides unite!) then, i think you have time to try this project and if it drives you nuts, then there is enough time to search for a retail solution.
Post # 9
Yeah, I would probably make the neckline a tad higher than in the second dress I linked to, to cover my oh so scandalous shoulders and keep the church happy. That’s the beauty of doing it myself though, I can make changes like that! 🙂
I also like the idea of my mom and I making something together for my wedding. We actually considered making the whole dress, until she saw the styles I was looking at! I don’t want to modify the dress itself though, I’m too scared of messing it up!
Go November! 🙂
Post # 10
Go for it and make the little jacket!
I think it’ll look lovely if you can make it in a sheer fabric and not satin. Do you have a good fabric store in your area? There are lots of english netting/Poly lace fabrics with embroidery that are very soft and won’t itch, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg, either – and are quite easy to work with and cut as they don’t fray.
Another option is that you can make it from a sheer chiffon and trim the edges with lace.
Post # 11
go for it! my mom and i are making my dress and i’m SO happy we are. it means i get exactly what i want, and it’s cheaper, and i have awesome memories of us making it together. 🙂
you guys can make an incredible jacket together!