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Thread: A special wedding dress

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    Calling all romantics!
    First of all I do not sew or quilt BUT I would like to make a wedding dress for my future daughter-in-law. I was thinking that I could cut up my wedding dress and my mother-in-law's dress to form a quilt design for the skirt.
    I need a pattern between 12 to 16 inches for the square but simple. In my research, I found the double wedding ring, the dresden plate, and the winding path.
    Anyone with ideas on other patterns that we might try? Since quilts are so colorful, I have to work with different materials to create this dress instead; that makes it harder to find a pattern.
    All ideas welcome!

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    Look here

    http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

    This site has tons of free patterns indexed by size and marked by difficulty. You should find something you like.

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    Thanks! I will try anything and everything. At least I have 2 years to work on this!

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    What an awesome idea!!! Let us know if we can be of any help!!!
    That is a great website, sooooo many block patterns!!!

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    OK, now I'm intrigued. Tell me more. Will the whole skirt be done from quilt pieces or just one block. Must it all be white or can there be some color?

    If there is a long train, you might use a ready made dress and applique one great piece designed from your two dresses onto the train. Kind of like the cut work designs you often see.

    There are great possiblities here............

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    Trust me, I will be back on this site often! Thanks for the interest.

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    My wedding dress was hand crocheted and weighed a ton. This one will be interesting.

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    What I want I can't find as far as a pattern goes so, I found Butterick # 5042 that will swirl the skirt around in layers for want of a better term. I want to have the quilt pattern in every other swirl. I think I will need 2 of them quilted. At least she does not want a train!
    Next problem is that that pattern is the right pattern but the wrong size - not full enough. So that brings us to Vogue #2810. That skirt is perfect. Now I will be playing with the 2 patterns to come up with the final pattern of swirls so that I can make the quilt pattern.
    I am playing with all my old material from around the house basting as I go!
    I really want to keep it in shades of white.
    It is bad because I can see it in my mind but getting there will be a major project.

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    I am hoping to make it special for her. I hate the idea of being the wicked mother-in-law! She is so perfect for my son and I want her to know I am VERY glad she will be in the family. I hope this does work!

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    I have made many formal dresses. It will be a big undertaking for a non-sewer. Not impossible but maybe difficult. Vogue patterns can be hard to follow if you don't understand clothing construction, so practicing is a great idea.

    Post as many pics as you can of what you are thinking about so more people can help you. This may be a quilting board but there are several seamstresses on here also.

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