Post # 1
Okay, I REALLY LOVE this bolero: It is by Etsy seller Maryandangelika and I LOVE it but it’s a bit too expensive for my worn out budget. I love the accordian pleated chiffon ruffle and the flower attachments.
SO, next I found this one and LOVED it too, but the darn thing only comes in ivory and I need white:
What I like about the one above is the dramatic length of the ruffled edge, and the eyelash trim on the lace.
Okay, so moving along, I bought this, which was as close as I’d found in my price range:
So it’s more simple with a less-dramatic neckline… and I am kind of “known” for embellishing /adding to clothing to make it “me” and I thought I’d add to the neckline here to make it more like one or both of the other boleros.
I’m just having a hard time deciding what trim to add to the ruffle edge.
I was thinking something like one of these. Obviously it has to be longer than what’s on the existing bolero. What do you bees think?
Or something else entirely? I just love the whimsical, romantic look. I’m also checking out some chiffon flowers. I know, I’m kind of “over the top” but that’s me.
Post # 3
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 # 4
@missmouse29: So you think the top one (accordian chiffon) vs the pleated organza?
I can’t sew anything super useful, if my family relied on me for clothing being sewn for them they would be naked, but I can make things PRETTIER. 😉 That’s about it. lol.
Just like with cooking. Can’t cook “real food” worth a squat but oh, the cakes and cookies and sweet breads will knock your socks off!
And yeah, I’ve seen some tutorials on the fabric flowers and I think I could handle it. I might even be able to make some out of second hand thrift store finds, scarves, lingerie, etc.
Post # 5
@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. 🙂
Post # 6
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 # 7
@creativeplannertobee: thanks, that’s a good idea. 🙂 I know that the difference between number 2 and number 3 are barely perceptable but I am hung up on the details there with the longer ruffle and higher fabric around the back neck area. So I was trying to “lengthen” it with another layer of fabric. It’s one of those things that no one would ever noice BUT me probably! 😉
Post # 8
@noritake22: thanks, I always love to hear your input! 🙂 I thought about lace too. I looked all over (online) for some similar to bolero number 2 with the eyelash trim but no luck. Maybe I didnt’ search effectively. I found some other nice ones but then felt overwhelmed trying to decide! Most of what I have found that I like (especially those pleated and accordian pleated fabrics) has been onlne. I went to 2 fabric stores and 3 craft stores the other day and didn’t find anything I liked at all! It was disappointing.
I have made ruffles before and attached them to things (ruffled lace cuffs to a velvet jacket, for example), but I am pretty lazy, busy, and running out of time which is why I was looking for trims that are already ruffled / gathered for me and I only need to attach them!
Post # 9
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
@MsInterpret: You are very welcome, and thank you 🙂
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
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 🙂
Post # 12
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.
Post # 13
@creativeplannertobee: Thanks for your input, and for the offer of the flower! I was going to play around with making one or some with an extra veil I have that I got from the thrift store. 🙂
@noritake22: Thanks. And that would be awesome, wish we lived closer! My mom is the one who is awesome at this sort of thing. She sewed all my clothes up until I was in 3rd grade and made my prom dresses too. But she has her hands full and can’t help. 🙁 I will check out the chantilly lace, probably today. I wish the bolero would hurry up and get here!! Seller said probably by Thursday as it is coming from Hawaii.
@MademoiselleL: LOL I don’t know if it’s competence of just false confidence and foolishness! I tend to jump into things head first.
@SandyThePoet: Good ideas. I will definitely do all this once it gets here. I think I’ll just take the bolero with me to the fabric stores.
Post # 14
Well hell. I bought lace trim. Already sewn as “trim”, just attach, how hard can it be, right?
I took the bolero with me to the fabric shop and held it up against the existing lace and it looked GORGEOUS.
I started sewing it by hand. I sewed the edge along side the existing seam for the existing ruffle (underneath). As I sewed it, I stopped from tiem to time to hold it up and all through the process, it looked GORGEOUS.
It took me about 3 hours (or three episodes of Psycho on Netflix, lol)… and when I was all done, I put it on.
Major FAIL. 🙁
It doesn’t lie right, the way I sewed it causes the original ruffle to fold back in a weird way, the new layer cups and folds awkwardly, and overall it looked like some sort of clown costume. Or like an accessory for some really tacky cheap lingerie.
So, thanks to my best friend the seam ripper, it’s off there. I’m too stressed to try again at this point. Maybe later. Maybe not. I might just use the excess lace trim I bought as an accent in the bouquet or something. Pffffffft.
I was SO sure about this! I guess I needed to attach the new trim right next to the other one’s existing seam, or below it, or something. I don’t know.