Making a wedding dress with no pattern?
I am hoping you guys will give me some advice on making a sheer dress that will go over a wedding dress. The wedding dress is a very plain, strapless satin dress. It is already made (not by me). I am making it into a sleeveless dress, which will have a sheer sleeveless top part, and then the sheer fabric will extend over the entire dress to the floor, and over the train as well. It will kind of be like a sheer dress that will be worn over the top of the other dress. Although I intend to hand sew the two “dresses” together, so that they don’t end up looking like two separate dresses when I am done. (I’ll probbaly hand tack them in the “ditch” of the seams”)
I am looking for advice on how to best do this. Is there a general rule on how much room I should leave so that the overdress (that is what I am calling it for now) will not be too tight over the dress underneath? But not too loose, either? I am leaning toward using organza for this, but I am going to look tomorrow at the fabric store and decide then.
I am certainly not a tailor, but I think I can make this work. I was thinking of buyng one pattern for the top part of the dress — the sleeveless part and making it out of muslin (or some other cheap fabric) and making it fit, and then making a second muslin part for the bottom of the dress. And then joining these two parts of the dress together until they fit, and then this muslin “extravaganza” would become the pattern for me to use. Will this work? Is there a simpler way? I don’t have a dress form, so it will be a little strange fitting this to myself. Are there any tips you “real” seamstresses have for me? On another post of mine, someone suggested doing french seams, which I am hoping to do. I am a little confused about the best way to finish the neck and armholes on such a sheer fabric — any thoughts on this?
Oh, also, after this is all completed, I will hand sew on alencon lace appliques – mostly across the bodice part. Thanks everyone for ANY advice you have for me. I sew a lot of home decorator items but never in my wildest dreams, a wedding dress! But, I think I have enough experience that I can make this work. Am I crazy? ha. Thanks for your thoughts. I appreciate it so much.