[Hannah] On Sewing Your Own Wedding Dress, III
CHAPTER 3: ENGINEERING
So, we have been thinking like an artist so far. Now we need to start thinking like an engineer. (There are lots of engineers in my family, so I like this part, it makes me feel like I didn't lose the ENTIRE build-your-own-house gene).
What are the structural criteria here?
This dress is looking like it will need to have three parts.
1) Bodice: double-layered (lace over...something), some kind of straps in back, halter-ish in front.
A soft, stretchy material would work best here, so that I don't have to fit it perfectly to my natural shape, it can self-adjust.
2) waist: sits at natural waist, fitted.
A stiff, non-stretchy material will be necessary here, so it is strong enough to support the weight of the skirt, and so it won't bunch up when I bend over and so it will also support the bust pieces which won't have much structure of their own. The ideal width of the waistband I figured would be from my natural waist to my bust, which turned out to be 4".
3) skirt: long, double-layered.
So: How do we purchase fabric and create a pattern based on the aesthetics I discussed earlier and the engineering requirements above?
1) soft white lace
2) soft white underlayer fabric, stretchy
3) white underlayer fabric, nonstretchy