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genevieve | Posted in General Discussion on

I am in the final stages of my neice’s wedding dress- slim skirt with long train, and strapless bustier all in satin draped / pleated (with cowl) in fine silk georgette.  Thank you to the people who recommended Susan’ Khalje’s book – it has been fantastic.

However, she doesn’t address my current challenge.  The bodice is asymetrical, and I have draped and pinned the georgette right side out – it’s looking good.  Is there a clever trick about  marking and holding this as I now lift it from the satin covered bustier and turn the seam to the inside on the right and individually turn in the edges to the zip on the left hand side?

This has been a wonderful learnign expereince – although a bit scary at times.  We are now so close to the end, I am excited. Hopefully,  someone will have a gem to assist me . Thanks in anticipation.  Genevieve (Melbourne Australia)



  1. user-51823 | | #1

    sorrry i'm being dense- is the bodice accidentally assymetrical or designed that way and giving you problems? is it assymetrical on or off the bride?
    my bust is just assymetrical eough to tug certain designs off center, and evwerytime i wear nay bbq-style apron or overalls, the whole bib shifts off to the left. my point- how does it look ON the bride?

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      genevieve | | #2

      sorry I wasn't clear enough; the dress is designed to have a deliberately asymetrical drape over the fitted bustier.  The drape is silk georgette, and because it is assymetrical I felt i needed to drape it rigth sdie out to design the hang etc.  Now I have to move from pinned on drape to dewign a very filmy layer, and thougth soemone migth have a way of doign it which was smarter than mine.  I don't want to mark the georgette with pens as it is water sensitive.  So I am thread markign with silk thread - I hoped soemoen woudl have a quick and clever alternative.  thank you so much for your interst.  regards genevieve

      1. suesew | | #3

        If you are talking about holding something in place temporarily, could you lay a piece of masking tape across it in several places? I've done this successfully when draping costume pieces on a dress form and then having to move the whole thing to the sewing machine.

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          genevieve | | #4

          thanks you suesew- that coudl have worked - although the silk chiffon-goergette is very fien, like a copbweb.  But thanks everyoen, I have actually threadtraced all markign and removed it from the form - so I am off and running again. 

          1. user-51823 | | #5

            glad you got it worked out. for future reference, suesew's tape idea is a good one and you can reduce the stickiness of the tape by smoothing it down on your clothing, over your thigh and lifting up again, once or twice. this picks up some lint to dull the stickiness so it won't distort your fashion fabric when you pull it off again.

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            genevieve | | #6

            thanks  the tape idea sounds good - will use your trick too -   genevieve.

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