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Finishing touches on the wedding dress (picture heavy!)

After finally completing the lining of the dress, I was able to start with the hemming and embellishing.

After the last fitting with the wedding shoes I shortened the dress 6cm, thenI cut out the lining 8cm shorter and without seam allowence in the hem. When I turned the hem two times 1cm, I encased the lining in the main fabric.

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Now it was time to handstitch an invisible hem. I didn´t want the seam to be visible on the outside, even though there´s a layer of lace over it. It just looks tidier and more exquisite this way.

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Next on was the lace. I  sewed it on with tiny hand stitches, hidden in the floral pattern of the lace. With the 6m of (6,6 yards) hem circumference it took forever. Yesterday I just could´nt stop myself. With every inch carefully pinned and sewed on the silk I was getting more excited. So I finished the whole lace trim until it was well past my regular bedtime.

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So, now the dress itself is finished! I can honestly say, it´s the most beautiful thing I´ve ever sewn. But see for yourself:

 

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I hope I can add bride-in-gown pictures after the wedding 🙂

 

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Fancy, Wedding

 

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More on the wedding dress

Today I was able to get in a lot of wedding dress sewing time.

I had to baste together the underlining with the silk crepe de chine. This was about 21 yards of handbasting. Oh yes, my fingers are still red.

 

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Sewing together the front and side front skirt pieces I had to carfully leave out everything over the circle marking, so it´ll form a nice point after sewing it to the band.

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While sewing up the skirt I went through a pack of needles and every single one of them broke. I used the thinnest once availible, Nr. 60. No matter how I adjusted the tension, All of the broke. So I went one size up and used the Nr.70 needles and they worked perfectly! I was afraid to use the before, because at a test piece they pulled a lot of threads from the silk. Together with the underlining it was okay.

 

I basted in the invisible zipper  with zigzag handstitches before putting in under the machine.

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Then I sewed the dress together with the band and the bodice and here we are:

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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Fancy, Wedding

 

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Wedding dress progress

Oh, it´s been quite a while since my last post. I´ve been very busy with my wedding dress project. It requires a great deal of hand stitching on slippery fabric, so it consumes almost all of my sewing time. The dress is so fun to make, with every little step it get´s more beautiful.

The main part of the bodice is made out of sheer silk mousseline. While sewing I had to run a tissue paper under the seam, otherwise the machine would have swallowed up the fabric.

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On the back I hand sewed a lace applique with tiny stitches:

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The front inserts and they´re lining are made out of silk crepe de chine:

ImageAt this state I had another fitting with the bride. The bodice fits perfectly and she´s very happy with it. I can´t wait to see the finished dress on her, she already looked so beautiful in just the top part 🙂

Next comes a lot of hand sewing – I need to hand baste the crepe de chine to the venezia underlining for the skirt parts.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Fancy, Wedding

 

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