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hemming a wedding dress

happy2sew | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I had planned to hem the wedding dress my m other and I are making with 1/2″ horsehair braid attached to the fashion fabric and lining, then turning it to the inside and catchstitching the  horsehair to the wrong side of the lining. (I saw this technique on several dresses in a recent trip to a bridal store.)  Anyway, the purchased bridal slip moves in such a way that at times, certain  parts of the dress appear too long and then appear just right.  ( The problem is that there is too much crinoline inside the silky outer layer of the slip, so they don’t ” stand out” at the same distance.)  My question is:  ” Can I attach a wider piece of horsehair braid  (1″ wide)?  Will that make the dress stand out further and more evenly?

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  1. mygaley | | #1

    The short answer is yes, the wider braid will support your skirt hem better.  This braid also comes in 4" wide.  Many couture garments have a band of interfacing 2-4" wide inside the hem, ending at the exact hem edge.  Without knowing your pattern or fabrics, you might could do this with your lining and then use the wide braid to finish.  Also, you might want to consider weighting the hem of the slip cover so it will stay down (use a chain, Chanel style).  Hang the slip with the outer cover pulled up and straighten the net every time you walk by.  Galey

    1. happy2sew | | #2

      thank you for your help.  It sounds like you have a lot of experience with wedding gowns, or couture sewing.  I am anxious to return to sewing lovely clothing.

      1. mygaley | | #3

        Thank you.  When my daughter married, she and I sewed the wedding gown, MOB, GMOB, Bride's aunt, new dresses for bride, mob, gmob-1 each for 3 parties, going away suit for bride, matching shirt for groom, also designed flower girl dress and ring bearer suit, which were graciously sewn by MOG--what a wonderful experience!  However, I could not look at a bridal/formal pattern book for the next six months; I'd just turn the page.  LOL  Galey

        1. happy2sew | | #4

          Wow!  That sounds like a sewing marathon and rather exhausting.  I enjoy sewing but, unfortunately, I could not spend much time doing garment sewing in the last 20 years. 

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