- 9 years ago
Below are tips I posted in response to a gal asking for opinions about a gorgeous dress for the reception. The only problem is that it is too short. I suggested she add a few inches of hem and add little Swarovkis to it so the hem would coordinate with the bodice. Plus I deleted a couple of things and added a couple of sentences.
I thought lots of you gals might benefit from the tips so I’m reposting here.
Have fun! Greta
Use only TINY clear rhinestones to keep the dress light and fluffy. Tiny crystals = fairylights.
You do NOT want sew on rhinestones if you have light weight and/or sheer fabric. The thread between each crystal would look very tacky. And if you don’t knot each crystal carefully, one break of a thread and a bunch of sparklies will hit the dance floor.
Get FOUR packets of 1-gross flatback rhinestones size 7ss in the color “CRYSTAL.” So get 4 gross total. (The dress had tons of chiffon layers. That’s why I told her to get four gross. The amount you need will vary.)
Most places (including bead stores and eBay) sell rhinestones by the packet and each packet contains 12 or 25. You will need TONS of packets if you order from these places or buy at the bead stores. This will be super expensive.
Do NOT get crystal AB. They will not coordinate with your bodice at all. AB means the crystal has been coated with Aurora Borealis (peacock) colors. AB also means a little less sparkle.
Do NOT get a larger size than 7ss. A bigger size will weigh down the dress and it will lose that gorgeous floaty look. Tiny rhinestones look like fairy lights.
Do not get silver rhinestones. Your bodice has crystal sparklies on it. It looks silver in the pic because each crystal has a silver backing to it.
You will have some rhinestones left over to replace lost ones in the future. You might even want to add a thin line of bling around the holes of your peep-toe cocktail shoes. (Ask which glue is needed for leather.)
Buy your rhinestones at http://www.TheEggeryPlace.com Kathy knows all about attaching rhinestones to clothes.
Phone in your order. You need advice so ask to speak to the Kathy directly.
Tell her you will be dry cleaning the dress later. Tell her the fiber content of the fabric you will use for the hem. She will tell you whether to buy heat-set flatbacks or flatbacks that you glue on. She will sell the right glue to you and tell you how to apply the crystals. (If you aren’t crafty, find a gal who is.)
Note that heat melts syntethics but works great on some silk. That’s why you have to tell Kathy the exact fiber makeup of the fabric so she can advise you on whether to use glue or heat fix.
If you need to glue the crystals on, order her rhinestone applicator tool.
Apply the rhinestones in a random pattern, not on a grid. Random = fairylights.
If you are adding crystals to the edge of a tiara be careful how many you use. 7ss crystals look tiny but a line of them can add too much weight to your veil. First apply them two inches apart. Then try on. If the tiara can take more, add crystals so they are one inch apart. Try on again. Repeat or not as you think best.
Here is the url for the OPs thread. You will love her dress!!!
btw – I design and make all my own evening clothes and I like bling. That’s why I know the rhinestone stuff.