Okay, I’ve been dipping in and out of this site for a couple of weeks now, while surfing the web for ideas/thoughts/help on constructing a wedding dress for a ‘2nd time around’ bride. It’s been entertaining, VERY helpful and educational. Now, I have less than 3 weeks to complete the dress/jacket and I need HELP! The pattern is Vintage Vogue V2786. The dress fabric must be 4-ply silk from what I’ve gathered in other discussions. VERY luxurious, thick and drapes so beautifully, in a soft, sort of iridescent pink. (she paid $46 p/y) The jacket is a light taffeta, mainly a purplish (chartreuse?) with a pattern in the same pink as the silk. It’s incredibly gorgeous.
I was feeling pretty confident when I started this project and now…….well, I’m a little n-n-nervous to cut into the fabric. (I’ve completed a muslin and one fitting. Fit is actually great. Esp the jacket and it was easy: very precise pattern. Hats off to Vogue. One teensy problem with a gap right above the breast in the armscye of the dress. Maybe a little ease in the seam line will work out most of it?
Here are things I’d like some ‘expert’ advice on: (actually ANY advice will be so appreciated!) I don’t know nearly as much as I thought I did.
DRESS: gap in the armscye; WHAT to line with (I cannot find the right color, nor am I sure what fabric will work best), best method for finishing the seams, should I treat the lining and dress fabric as one? Make them separately? But, the pattern says to simply TURN UNDER the neck facing and the arm facings and hem? SCARY to me because it seems a little casual for such a ‘dressy’ dress? Oh, and the corners of the inserts. You literally have square holes in the front & back pieces that you set the rouching into, which went really well, but I’m sooo afraid the corners are going to fray. The instructions just say to stay stitch, then clip to the corners and turn under. That leaves a very vulnerable spot on each corner. EIGHT of them! And, lastly, the bottom hem? Any ideas? Any help? Just kind words might help…….. Rita