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Fancy Fabric Challenge

Sarai’s wedding dress

Nov 24, 2009
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The hemline: I applied an organza trim with seed pearls and embroidery.  I faced the hem and created scallops to match the edge of the trim, and finished the top of the trim with some self-fabric tape.

My wedding dress was made from an Italian 4-ply silk charmeuse in gold.  It was such a lush fabric to work with!  Just incredibly soft and thick.  I will never forget picking it out from the wall of beautiful silks at Britex in San Francisco, with the help of their lovely staff.  The entire dress was lined in another lightweight, nude silk.

The trim is a beaded organza trim I’d seen at Lacis in Berkeley and admired, thinking it would be so lovely for a wedding dress.  So when it was time to make mine, I snatched it up!

I also made the hat/fascinator by covering a fasinator band in the same silk, and sewing on a flower I made from feathers and gold pips.

I think this dress shows that, with the right design, you don’t need to be stick thin to look good in charmeuse!

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  1. User avater jilldeville December 20th

    You look fabulous, and so happy and at ease. The dress is gorgeous. What a beautiful bride!

  2. adyt December 2nd

    You are an inspiration to us gals that feel "certain" fabrics are not for us. You were a stunning bride.

  3. User avater shaedee December 2nd

    The dress fits well and looks wonderful. The work is very nice and the fabric sounds and looks luscious.

  4. jatman December 1st

    This is just beautiful and gorgeous on you. Did you draft the pattern or use one that was ready made?


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