Beautiful dress, she will look really cute in it.
How adorable she will be in this, both are stunning . Thanks for sharing and I love this pattern.
I will be in Bali in May
Darling dress and see you have worked out all the issues, besides the final petticoat that is needed for Delphi. I am so glad you are now doing well enough to be able to take care of the details you were wanting to be able to help with, and I am grateful that you are now able to enjoy the process instead of the excruciating pain that you had been in back before the wedding date was moved and you had surgery. What a relief!! What joy that all is coming together smoothly and with time to spare! Thankful that the DVD Frozen was able to help make the process of wedding preparation not a difficult one for our cute model Ophelie! Continue to enjoy all the preparation time together and hope that Delphi's petticoat won't be difficult to acquire. Looking forward to May's wedding photo's and praying all will go smoothly and as planned throughout. Pam
Thanks Pam, we are all praying that it will be not too hot! Bali is a rather warm country even in May! Love Chris
Thanks so much, love Chris
Love the dress.
Thanks Haley, love Chris
Great work Chris, I look forward to seeing your photos of the wedding party. Sandra.
Thanks Sandra, me too! Love Chris
Oh, Chris, it's darling. Good job Momma!
Thanks Betsey, love Chris
Usually you get fullness if you take twice the width, but with tulle taking three times is better. You could decide to stitch 3 double layers on a lining at slightly different levels - just one or two inch apart - so you don't get all 6 layers at the waist.
The dress looks lovely, the girls will look fabulous!
Thanks Martine, the dress has already been made unfortunately, but I like your idea. Love Chris
Those girls will "steal the show". Great job. mk
Thanks so much, and I know the whole wedding party will be beautiful. Love Chris
It's Beautiful Chris! Would love to see a pic of her in it when you finish.
Thanks Didi, I'll post some when they are all dressed up. Love Chris
I it totally awesome. I usually do not like tulle, however this looks very elegant. You can adjust the fullness with the slip by adding tulle to the lower half only. That way you have protection of the legs from the tulle.
Thanks Chris, good idea! Love Chris
Gorgeous job, Chris...and I see you have already gotten your answer!
Thanks Kim, yes, Cuties to the rescue once again, love Chris
I cannot help you with your question, I can only say the dress looks gorgeous already, And I would suggest a petticoat too.
But it's lovely to see the floral dress in white as flowergirl dress now. Great job !!
Thanks Gerry, yes, it's looking good. Just need more petticoats! Love Chris
Looking lovely I'm sure the Bride and her attendants / Bridesmaids will all look beautiful don't for get I'm sure we would all love to see wedding photos
Thanks Maisie, yes, I'll post them after the wedding. Love Chris
Looks like your having fun AND have had plenty of useful answers. Remembering you posting the picture of the trial dress I followed the links you gave as to where you bought it and plan to make a similar for my two grand daughters. So thanks for that info
PS are you making Amys dress or your outfit too?
Hi Caroline, no I'm not making Amy's dress. We have 2 wedding dresses at the moment. As we are going to Bali the original dress will be too heavy and hot. She bought another one on line which is much more suitable. I've bought my outfit which is silver/grey 3 piece pantsuit. It goes with my silver hair!!!! Love Chris
Hi Chris, do you by chance know anyone up there who does Square Dancing? A petticoat like the ones my daughters used, would do the trick just need to add a few layers of full length for the top.
Hi Marian, I've got a gorgeous petticoat already for Ophelie which will push out the tulle. Can't wait to make hers. Thanks for your help.
Sorry I don't know anyone in the square dancing crowd. Love Chris
Good luck with this, Chris. The trick will be to reduce bulk at the waist without losing it overall. I like Sewmum1's suggestion.
Do you remember paper nylon? That was very stiff fabric used for petticoats in the 1950's. I had it as part of a bridesmaids dress for my sisters' wedding.
Thanks Sue, no I don't know Paper nylon. I hope that what we've done will suffice. Love Chris
The dress is beautiful.
Can't remember how much tulle I used, but I remember the young teenage bridesmaid not being very happy with the scratching of the tulle.
I'm sure you will come up with a solution to stop the scratching & have the right amount of fullness..
Thanks Judy, we've used a very soft bridal tulle and it's worked out perfectly. Love Chris
Tulle can be quite scratchy even bridal tulle if you use lots of layers gathered at the waist. I would probably only do one or 2 layers gathered separately the sewn to the waist. I would also gather several long strips about 20-30cm wide, then sew them to the lower portion of the skirt to give the illusion of more layers without the bulk at the waist. You can add as many of these layers as you like. It will be easier to construct if you add the shorter gathered frill first. Line the whole skirt then with a soft fabric to keep the tulle away from the skin. It is a bit like sewing a layered petticoat but it is sewn to the dress.
Is that as clear as mud? Let me know if you need more help. I will have a look and see if I have something here I can take photos of for you.
Thanks Sewmum I'll put up a picture of what we've done so far. Love Chris
I love your update photos. It looks gorgeous. The fabric is beautiful. Your grand daughter will look precious
I can not get beyond the beautiful pattern. I will have to think on the rest. Kay
Thanks Kay, me too. I'ts turned out gorgeous. Our alternative is to go for the raw silk skirt like the ruffle and sash. Expensive but it will look gorgeous. Love Chris
hi Chris, yes you will need lots. But my tip is to more with putting a layer of fine fabric between the child's skin and the tulle. It is very rough and will likely burn skin, and also it makes holes in nylon stocking etc. I used organza under a frilly skirt bottom once and seemed to do the trick. xx Vicki
Hi Vicki, thanks - yes we used 6 layers and it still wasn't enough. Amy is now going to get a large fluffy petticoat to go underneath it. Ophelie already has one, but Delphi doesn't. Because we've used a soft stretchy lining the dress is quite comfy. Love Chris
What a beautiful dress. I think the 2.5 times what is given would do it. That is what i use for curtains to make them full and cute. Any more and I think you might get too much of a wave.
We'd love to see them finished. how old are your girls now?
Hi Jan, thanks for your input. Ophelie will be 7 on the 15th April a couple of weeks before the wedding.
Delphi turned 3 last October 17th - they are growing up so fast.
I'm in the middle of sewing out Delphi's dress. Amy has just arrived and it's midday here as I write this. Wish me luck.
I love your practice piece!!! I would suggest that you cut the Tulle at least 1 1/2 times to 2 times larger than the piece. If it were for my granddaugther, I would probably only go with the 1 1/2 times due to the fact that you are doubling it and it will be full with that. I would want to have it too overwhelming for a little. You could cut it x2 and stitch it, gather and place it around her waist before you do the actual garment. If it looks too full you can still cut it and resew. Sorry if this is confusing.
I think you are correct double plus a half again should do it love your trial dress
Thanks Wendy and Carol. Amy is bringing the girls out today and tomorrow. Amy wants me to address the envelopes for the invitations, she loves my handwriting (old school style!).
I'll try the 1 and a half to 2 times for Delphi but maybe more for Ophelie. It at least gives me an idea of where to begin! Thanks once again. Love Chris