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Wedding dress train… How do I keep it for folding over?

pokemonika | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everybody,

I have a custom made wedding dress that has a detachable train.  The skirt and dress are in wrinkle taffeta, and the skirt is Victorian Style bulky.  The train attaches underneath of the skirt.  The problem that I am having is that the train doesn’t stay open, as soon as I walk it gathers itself and if I turn even a little bit, the fabric folds over.  I was thinking that maybe I can put a wire inside the outer hem to keep the fabric from gathering or folding.  Is this a good idea or is there a better way to keep the train fully open? I am planning to wear the train just for the ceremony and the pictures right after.  It will come off for dinner, so I am not worry about sitting down or dancing with the train.

Thank you for your help!


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    DinaSews | | #1

    Wedding dress train

    If the train is only attached in one place at the center, it's difficult to keep the fabric open.  The sides of the train that are under the dress should be attached near the sides of the dress.  Instead of a wire, I think I might consider a very heavy duty fishing line.  This would (I think) keep a more natural flow to the back end of the garment.

    1. HelgaPataki | | #2

      tacking at various points

      you might need to back the train at various points under the dress, similar to a loose lining for skirts and pants.  the looseness will allow for flow and not tug.

  2. lou19 | | #3

    2 suggestions for you.

    1)Near or at hem of skirt back, add thread bar tacks to anchor train to skirt. The bar tacks will not show, will allow only limited movement  between the layers.

    2)Add narrow horsehair braid  to otside edge of train to help it keep it;s shape.

    Good luck

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