Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: The sunny beaches of Canada
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I have a couple of these dresses for faire season, and I can assure you, it's a pretty easy dress. The hardest part is the gathering, so be patient, very patient and do it exactly the way the instructions tell you to, no short cuts. Dealing with that much fabric is a bit of a challenge too.
I used a jaquard for the top, and a heavy satin for the bottom which had a nice drape. Satin, velvet, velour, and silk are all really difficult fabrics to deal with, so if you haven't done that before, I would suggest trying something else.
Linen would be nice! Mmm, nice and cool....
I got my mom to sew my wedding dress, but I made the bridesmaids dresses out of satin and gabardine. Not so fun, but they did look good. The reason i got my mom to sew my dress is that if I had done it myself, I would have known where every mistake is, and it would have driven me nuts. I used a different Simplicity renn pattern, a bit more condusive to nursing Seb (who was 4 months old) and hiding my post-pregnancy belly.