v_airmed (v_airmed) wrote in advanced_sewing,

Need help with fabric choice

My son is getting married in May & for various reasons I'm going to make my dress. I couldn't find anything I liked in the usual places until I discovered eBay's pattern listings.  I love & bought  this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/200648190800?var=500027532764&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 view E or D, but now I'm having trouble deciding about the fabric.  The bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride's dresses are made out of chiffon.  And I'd like to continue that if possible so the wedding pictures look cohesive.  But this pattern calls for crepe back satin, velveteen, taffeta or damask and chiffon is a softer fabric.  I'm not sure it would have the stiffness the dress requires. The dress is fully lined, so I could do satin with chiffon overlay, but again, I don't know if that would be too flow-y for the dress.  I was also considering just having a lace overlay on the sleeves & bodice to just below the bust line and possibly a lighter satin for the rest of the dress. It does get quite warm here in May and I don't want the dress to be too hot.

So, do you think satin would look out of place when everyone else in the wedding party is in chiffon?  Can chiffon work for this dress? Is there any kind of cotton fabric that would be dressy enough to use with maybe a lace overlay or overlay for just the bodice?  I fell in love with the dress (it actually covers the top of your arm, but still looks formal), but now I'm doubting my choice.  Any input you have would be welcome. No one I know sews clothing.

X-posted to Sew Hip
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