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Mom of bride officially crazy now

susanna | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

   After a couple of more years of postponing her wedding to pursue further education, my DD is FINALLY getting married this June 30th. It will be an outdoor party and she is wearing my mother’s 40’s satin wedding gown. I found a Folkwear pattern for my mom-of-bride dress, called Glamour Girl, a 40’s type dress.

   Suggested fabrics are soft cottons, rayons, challis and the like. I also have shoes in a carribean blue color and would like to find fabric with that color in it. If I cannot find that, I will make the dress in another color and stitch or trim it somewhere in the carribean blue.

   But I am having a seriously hard time finding anything suitable in the aforementioned fabrics. I just do not like splashy flower prints, which are what I am finding. I’d like a solid color with a nice soft drape, preferably rayon.

   ANY suggestions on fabric sources anyone has are very welcome, because I need to get stitching soon! I am sending off a swatch request to Britex in San Francisco, but any other suggestions will truly be appreciated.

   Thanks in advance!!!


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    http://www.denverfabrics.com might have some.  I have bought most of my rayons from them and they have been lovely

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    How about a silk twill? I was eyeing the selection at Fashion Fabrics Club today and a sky blue and an aqua/caribbean were calling my name. http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com There are way too many fabrics to browse but the search works really well, just type in silk twill.If you are not familiar with FFC, their quality is good and the prices are nice but the shipping can sometimes be so slow that you wonder if they sent it by an oxen pulled wagon.

  3. fabricholic | | #3

    Hi Susanna,Also look at manhattanfabrics.com
    Good Luck.Marcy

  4. ctirish | | #4

    Oh Susanna, MOB - what a delightful and stressful position.  I love weddings but I don't want to be mother of the bride again.  I did it twice and twice was enough. 

     Have you thought of a silk charmeuse I think it would be beautiful for a 40's type dress.   It has a satin finish and it is a softer silk than some of the others.   It drapes beautifully, like rayon or challis and comes in solid colors.   My mother made a beautiful carribbean  blue satin dress in the fifties for my sister for a high school prom.  It was so awesome I remember to this day how beautiful it was.  What a decision... good luck


  5. Teaf5 | | #5

    Hancock's has a full line called "bridal collection" or "prom collection" that work very, very well for formal dresses. Although I love silk and natural fibers, these new synthetics are breathable, beautiful, and very wearable; as MOB, you'll have plenty to worry about besides your dress, so you might want to consider one of these for your gown.I made a bias cut, slinky gown for my daughter's prom from one of the Hancock collections and was grateful that I did; it was a cinch to cut and sew, it washed up well (when needle pricks and little brothers left stains on the unfinished garment), and she felt completely comfortable sitting and dancing in it.

    1. susanna | | #6

      Thank you for the replies. As luck had it, I put my new blue shoe in my bag and trusted that I would find a fabric in the right color at the local fabric emporium when I took one last look. I had no left-brain "reason" for this; it just felt like I'd have luck in finding something that day. And I did, on the very last row (after looking at everything else) of sale items...a soft, washed linen in the exact color of my shoes, with embroidery, at $5 a yard! A bolt end, 4 1/3 yards, and I needed 4!

      Hm. There is something to be said for trusting those instincts.

      Now to just iron, cut, fit, and stitch the garment.  

      1. Josefly | | #7

        If you aren't going to wash the dress, requiring that you pre-wash the fabric, please at least steam the linen to pre-shrink.Weren't you lucky to find just the right color? Sounds beautiful, too. Good luck.

        Edited 3/9/2007 11:41 am ET by Josefly

      2. Teaf5 | | #8

        I'm so glad to hear that other people carry odd items in their bags while shopping for fabric and that your instincts led you to a fortuitous find. May that good luck continue for the construction of the dress AND for the wedding!

      3. MaryinColorado | | #9

        That sounds perfect!  What an incredible price!  Sounds lovely, hope you post photos.  Mary

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