(Closed) Thinking of adding to / embellishing my bolero… ?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

ohmygee that first one *swoons*

I think that if you’re confident in your ability to add some accordian ruffle it would look fab. There are some great tutorials on the web (and floating around here on the blog) on how to make your own chiffon or organza flowers that might be worth checking out, especially if you live close to a huge fabric store where you can get some 1/2 yardage on sale etc rather than pay for the workmanship +materials + shipping.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

@MsInterpret: I didn’t originally realize that you had 3 different boleros.  I thought the 2nd and 3rd photo were the same one for a minute. . .I don’t think I would any lace-but I might possibly add just one pretty fabric rose in the hollow part of your shoulder area, where the large lace flower is-depending on how it looks with your gown.

And I have to say-I’m the same with dabling with things and making them prettier-food ah, not so much.  I do make cute little clothes for my granddaughter from scrap fabrics or repurposed clothes. πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that once you receive the one you purchased, you should hold the different ruffle styles next to wear you want to place it. I love both of your choices; however, if it were me, I would check out a ruffled lace that is closer in style to what is already on the bolero. Also, you don’t have to purchase already ruffled lace. You can purchase lace trim that isn’t ruffled and stitch long stitches through it and pull the thread to get the ruffled effect. Or, you can purchase lace fabric, cut it to the width you need; make sure to add a half inch to 5/8 of an inch for a hem on each side; if it has a scalloped edge, you won’t have to add a hem allowance to that side, and then stitch to ruffle, then attach to your bolero.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

@MsInterpret:

I guess if you wanted to, you could add a very small lace to the edge, maybe something 1/4″ wide-like the 2 small lace pieces on the first bolero, but really I actually prefer the 3rd over the 2nd one, and really like it the way it is.  It would be a shame to try it and not be happy with it, after the fact. And I agree with Noritake, place the lace you like against/over the bolero before you do anything.  Including adding a flower.  I actually might have one that I got here at the house.  Maybe I can take a photo tomorrow and if you want it, you can have it.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MsInterpret: You are very welcome, and thank you πŸ™‚

If you were closer to me, I would help you out. If you get some lace fabric, it shouldn’t be that hard or time consuming to cut and sew. Try looking at the Chantilly lace fabric when you go to the fabric store. I think it would match the best from what I have seen in the brick and mortar fabric stores, if you decide to go that way. You still have a bit of time; not much, but a little. I hope you can find what you need in time, but if not, I know you will still look beautiful as it is right now.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it looks awesome as is…but you sound very competent (unlike me!) at sewing so I think you’ll do a great job πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Before you sew anything down, just play with it. pin the lace or get some two sided tape and take it in place and see how it looks. If you have your dress, put your dress on and do this, or have someone with you, who has a good eye, help you with this. have them take pictures of the different options so you can look at them objectively. Then when you have it the way you want it, sew it down. 

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