Monday, March 22, 2010

How cool is this!

I have reluctantly agreed to alter a wedding dress for my neighbors daughter. It's the most gorgeous, interesting thing I have ever seen. The entire dress is covered in horizontal rows of shaped netting, sequins and spiraled silk ribbon. The base fabric is silk shantung. The netting is machine stitched on and sits out at least 1/4" from the surface of the dress. I can't for the life of me figure out how it was stitched to the surface of the dress in such an intricate pattern. I may be in way over my head here so wish me luck. I will try to get the brides permission to post a photograph - the wedding is in June.


  1. Seeing all your other lovely and wonderful work, I can't imagine that you would be 'in over your head'. I know it will turn out beautifully.
    I ope to make one of those beautiful bishops and coats from your book for our 10-month old grandgirl soon! She's very tall for 10 months. Do you think I should add 3 to 4 inches (or more)to the length of the pattern??? I've made lots of bishops, but I've never done a hem like you show in the book. It IS a doubled 4 inch (8 inches total) hem?. The pleat is through all the layers right? Thanks and good luck with that beautiful wedding dress.

  2. Wow! That is absolutely exquisite - thanks so much for sharing! What incredibly gorgeous work, and what an incredibly nice neighbor you are - Good luck, but I'm sure it will turn out beautifully!


  3. Lovely! Lots of inspiration, too! You are such a sweet neighbor.

  4. that is crazy amazing!!! I know that you will make it wonderful. thinking about you lots and lots.


  5. That's just beautiful. I bet once you figure out just HOW it was sewn on, we'll see something similar on the hem of a little girl's "special" dress. Hmmm, a new technique.....

  6. I was thinking the same thing Sarah! I can hear the wheels turning as we speak:)

  7. Same here! I see some inspirations and new techniques coming soon. :-)

    I am glad to see that even you get stuck with alterations for friends. LOL ~janet g

  8. You are very brave, I've hemmed one wedding gown for a friend in recent years and I was in a panic the whole time.

  9. I am going to put in my 2 cents on how the design was done Gail. I believe it was done with an embroidery type machine that is programmed to stitch the design while an attachment fed the netting into the needle similar to a couching technique. There are some amazing machines in the factories that we would never dream existed.


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