Post # 1
My dress came in and I am absolutley in LOVE with it <3 yay! But I purchased the dress knowing it was going to need some additons & customizations to make it my dream gown.
I met with the seamstress and showed her some inspiration pictures and together we decided to add a lace panel at the split in the front of my dress and to add lace cap sleeves. She gave me the measurements I needed and gave me a list of local stores to visit to find the lace I liked. This all seemed simple enough until I started the adventure today… there is no classy bridal lace in this city. I’ve been to 3 different places and everything just looks really cheap and costumey. I found one pattern that I loved but it didn’t come in ivory like I needed. The sales clerk suggested dying it with tea, but to be honest the idea scares me and I’m saving it for a last resort.
I came home thinking “How hard could it be to find lace” and I took to google. 3 hours later I’ve pretty much come up with nothing! It’s sooo frustrating. I’m hoping that some fresh eyes and minds will be able to help me out!
Here is the gist of what I’m looking for:
- It needs to be Ivory or champagne in color and Beaded
- It needs to be at least 55 inches wide
- And I’d perfer it had scalloped edges but I’m not gonna be picky at this point!
Here is an example of the lace I found in the store that I loved that only came in white :o(
And here is a picture in me in my gown and below that an idea of the split panel lace revison & cap sleeves :o) <3 swoon!
Post # 3
I’m not sure why you need it 55″ or wider. The width goes from the waist to the floor. That can’t possibly be 55″ unless you are very tall- 55″ on me comes almost up to my shoulders.
scroll down to the FRENCH ALENCON LACE – 72 INCH WIDTH – 033
not sure if this is beaded or not
Post # 4
I wonder if you can go to Goodwill or look at Craigslist and search for an old wedding dress. Sometimes there are some god-awful, 80’s and 90’s looking dresses on Craigslist that people are selling for cheap, and you could possibly find some lace from those that you can salvage. But first I’d check out a used clothing store to see what you can find, so you don’t run into any Craigslist creepers.
Post # 5
Hmmm I’m so confused I thought from waist to the floor would be height) and from like horizontal from one side of the gown to the other) would be width: Regardless: From waist to the floor I need 36″ and horizontally I need 49″!
Post # 6
@Wannabe-diy-bride: hey! some of us were married in the 80’s and thought those dresses were great…..
Post # 7
Think about it- the scallop is on one edge(or both) of the width of the fabric.
You want the scallop at the bottom of the dress so you have that edge for the hem.
That means the width of the fabric goes from the waist to the hem.
Check with your seamstress if you are not sure.
There are many 36″ wide beaded Alcenon lace fabrics available and they are less expensive than54″ or 72″(by far).
Ask her what yardage(length of fabric) you need to get.
Post # 8
@Miss CuppyCake: Finding lacy is a major pain! I suggest contacting Mood Fabric. Yes the very one from Project Runway. They have a massive selection and if nothing else, can atleast point you in the right direction: