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Jessie's Songket Wedding Dress- Bernina

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Category Sewing
Sizing Women
Style Formal / Bridal, Romantic, Classic
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What materials did you use? Repurposed Indonesian songket and satin silk lining. Snaps and hook and eye tape. The term songket comes from the Malay/Indonesian word sungkit, which means "to hook". It has something to do with the method of songket making; to hook and pick a group of threads, and then slip the gold threads in it. Songket is a luxury product traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions as sarong, shoulder cloths or head ties.

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What are you most proud of? Jessie first approached me about making a skirt pattern. The songket is a set of rectangle of fabric and a sash. I convinced her that we could make a bodice as well, but we would have to use the sash in unique way to complete the skirt. The rectangle was not wide enough to make a full skirt. I figured out a solution by making a wrap dresss with the closures in the back! The sash became the back of the skirt, and I draped it in a way to show slits in the back, playing off of a more classic bustle shape. The dress came out just as jessie had hoped, and showcased the beautiful, unique fabric. It is not only a wedding dress, but a symbol of Dan's family history, as well as the merging of cultures.

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