Bernina Wedding/Jim Hejlm inspired

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of the fact that my daughter asked me to make her dress and after many weeks of research, drafting, fittings and redrafting, I was able to adapt a variety of commercial pattern pieces and construction ideas into a dress that was exactly as she (we) envisioned it for her very special day. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take your time to do your research, books and online as well. I purchased many used books on construction and spent countless hours on the internet and just plain meditating on the process. Also, a dress form is an invaluable tool as is adequate work space. My daughter and I made a duct tape dress form, a perfect "body double". I would recommend that, over any commercial product on the market affordable to the home sewer. Although my daughter lives locally, it was a must for the drafting and fitting of the back straps. I used florist tape to make an outline of the piece on the dress form. A muslin is a must for working out all the fitting issues of mixed, matched and drafted pattern pieces before cutting the final fabric. Hand sewing techniques also a must for tricky construction issues.

What you will need

  • Chiffon for the lining
  • shantung for the dress construction and point d'esprit for the overlay. All champagne in color. The trim at the waist is a vintage cotton lace from my stash that had been given to me by the brides great grandmother.

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