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My wedding dress
Once I'd decided on the shape, I had to find a pattern. Fortunately for me, I already owned a pattern that would work well: McCall's 3057. I'd bought it in hopes of using it for my rainbow dress, but it ended up not working. For this dress, however, it was perfect.

Well, sort of perfect. The skirt was a sheath, darted under the bodice, and I wanted a flared skirt. So I cut the skirt pattern pieces apart on the darts and then extended the darts down into flared seams, using a different princess-seamed pattern to help determine the degree of flare. Ta-da-- a seven-piece flared skirt that exactly fitted the bodice.

The dress was made in three layers: an outer layer of 10 mm silk chiffon, an inner layer of 19.5 mm silk charmeuse (matte side out) and a lining of the same silk charmeuse. All the fabrics came from Dharma Trading. For the bodice, the chiffon and one layer of charmeuse were treated as one layer when sewing. The two skirt layers, however, were put together separately and then sewn onto the bodice together. The entire lining was then put together, and the dress and lining were sewn together along the top edge, so the lining hung free. The lining was understitched by machine to keep it from rolling out and showing. The side back and center back lining pieces had lightweight interfacing fused along their top edge to prevent the fabric from stretching. An invisible zipper was inserted at center back. Finally, the three layers were hemmed individually using the 2-thread rolled hem on my serger. (Thank you, Elise!) All seams were also finished with this stitch, leaving very little visible seam allowance that could be seen through the semi-sheer fabric layers.

I didn't wash the fabric before I sewed it. If I could go back and do it over again, I'd wash the fabric first. The texture change doesn't bother me too terribly, and it would have been nice to not have to be as paranoid about water or steam or getting a stain on the dress. When I made Debby's wedding dress, I made sure to wash the fabric beforehand. Much less stressful!

I wore an A-line crinoline under the dress, borrowed from my friend Sue. It had very little "poof" to it, but it gave the dress just that little extra bit of fullness that it needed. Also, I made a neat rustling sound when I walked.

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