How to Make a Lace Wedding Dress With Lace Open in Front

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Sew your own wedding dress with open cutwork lace.

If you can't find the exact wedding dress you're looking for or if you'd like to save money by sewing your dress yourself, you can make a lace wedding dress with an open lace front. If you haven't sewn a complicated dress before, team up with someone who has. An experienced seamstress will be able to give you valuable advice during the project. Sewing a wedding dress is a big project and takes great patience, but the dress will have much more meaning for you than a dress you pulled off a bridal-shop rack.

Things You'll Need

  • Pattern
  • Fabric
  • Lace
  • Muslin
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
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Instructions

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      Choose a wedding-dress pattern. When looking at patterns, keep in mind that you can alter the pattern for fit, style and fabric, but find a pattern that has the general lines and basic construction you want. Therefore, you're not limited to just wedding-dress patterns. You can look at any dress pattern. Just try to imagine it in white and with bridal embellishments. The easiest type of pattern for an open lace wedding dress is one that has straps or sleeves and doesn't require any kind of boning.

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      Select your fabric. On the back of the pattern envelope you'll find a list of appropriate fabrics. It's wise to heed this advice, because the weight of the fabric affects how the dress will drape and fit. Generally, however, a pattern offers you several choices of fabrics. In addition to the main fabric for the dress, you'll need the cutwork lace fabric for the front. Buy enough cutwork lace yardage to cover the bodice.

    • 3

      Make modifications to the pattern. To make the dress truly yours, feel free to change the pattern to suit your needs. Removing sleeves, raising or lowering the neckline and changing the skirt length are all easy modifications to make. Lay out the pattern pieces and draw your changes on with a pencil.

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      Make a muslin mock-up. Although mock-ups take a great deal of time, it's really important to include this step. Buy inexpensive muslin and use your pattern pieces to make the dress out of muslin. When you try on the muslin mock-up, you'll be glad you spent the time because the dress probably won't fit like you want to, but at least you'll know what alterations you need to make before you cut into that expensive fabric and lace.

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      Try on the muslin mock-up and ask a friend or seamstress to pin the dress until it fits just like you want it to. You may need to take seams in, pull up the shoulders, adjust the neckline and tighten the sleeves. Have your helper pin the dress until it looks and feels perfect. Take the dress off very carefully because it's full of pins. Thread a needle and hand-baste all of the pinned adjustments. After the basting is done, try it on one more time to make sure it fits just right.

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      Cut the muslin dress apart and lay the muslin pieces back onto the paper pattern pieces. Transfer all alterations onto the paper pattern pieces, so you'll know how to cut out the real dress fabric with all the alterations in place.

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      Cut out your dress pieces from your real dress fabric using your altered pattern pieces. Remember to cut two layers for the bodice, the regular fabric and the cutwork lace layer.

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      Backstitch the cutwork lace to the under layer. Baste the lace to the under layer wherever the under layer shows through. The basting keeps the two layers from shifting. Hand-stitch the edges of the cutwork lace to the under layer or use a tight zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

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      If you're unsure about the dress's fit, baste the pieces together and try the dress on before you sew it together on your sewing machine. Finish sewing the dress, and take out any basting stitches that remain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a contrasting thread for your sewing around the edges of the open work lace for a unique look.

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