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Wedding dress - Bernina contest entry

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Retro / Vintage, Romantic, Formal / Bridal, Classic
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What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Wedding dress

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What materials did you use? Crepe-backed satin, lace, beaded lace trim, swavarski crystals, pearl beads, clear beads, sequins

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What are you most proud of? The beadwork on the lace. It was a lot of work, but really added the sparkle that was needed. Because of the fabrics that we chose (ivory satin, white lace), the overall look of the dress is a classic and vintage. We originally bought the satin and lace, thinking to sew up the dress to see how we liked the pattern. We didn't see anything like this gown in the retail stores but really liked the pattern pictures. The experiment dress turned into "the one", so I started the embellishment work to make it truly unique.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Plan, plan, plan! Of course, by adding the train, it increased the amount of fabric needed for the dress. Make sure you buy plenty to start with. By adding the train, it increased the yardage necessary by about 2 1/2 yards. Also, buy your trim and beads in large enough quantities so you don't have to try to find it again (only to find that the store is out or has another dye lot in stock now!). Other than that, patience is all that is needed.

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07/12/2012 Flag

Great job

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