Swiss dot Tulle, I love you too

I recently posted about how wonderful tulle is and if you didnt think it could get any better I still have 2 more posts to go.

Swiss dot tulle is a soft fine mesh speckled with tiny little embroidered dots. It can be softer than usual bridal tulle so used for more simple shapes where the dots are the main feature of the dress.

It also makes wonderful veils. Shown above a swiss dot tulle veil as the centreipeic of a wedding day, the dress a simple strapelss sheath. Below a stunning veil of swiss dot tulle edged with a cobweb of chantilly lace.

chantilli and swiss dot veil

A simpla asymmetric dress with layers of swiss dot tulle left raw edged.

swiss dot assymetric dress

The dots have a cuteness to them that lends itself well to 50’s style tea length dresses.

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I have seen swiss dot tulle in fabric shops I have visited as well as the fine cotton voile version which is just as lovely.

The Sound of music wedding dress.

Please Indulge me a moment, I just want to fawn over and examine this lovely dress.

The gown is a simple a line with folds of train behind it. The skirt looks like it has seamed panels that allow the skirt ot be fuller towards the hem and I would love some more detailed photos that show what is going on at the back. The hem of the skirt is weighted with a corded piping. This weight would keep the hem falling evenly and its inertia allowing a more subtle movement.

sound of music wedding dress

sound of music wedding dress

The bodice is beautifully fitted over what was likely a naturally lovely waist The seam line detailed with piping under the bust creates the shape leaving the lines in the body to continue down to the skirt. This fine piping would have been quite fiddly to get right so shows the beauty in the tailoring.

That collar is fascinating. It is another design element used to lengthen the body. It has fine piping around the neck. The front panels are not on the straight grain but also not quite on the bias. The line flows from under the bust to up and around the neck and back down to the under bust with a little overlap. I wonder if it is sewn closed or if you could see some skin if you were in the right place.


The sleeves are bias cut. An elegant solution to the problem of a long fitted sleeve restricting movement. The buttons allow the sleeve to be even more fitted creating a long and elegant line. A tiny little v shape at the wrist extends the sleeve over the hand and stretches the line even further. Fine piping detail around the wrist repeats the piping at the neck. We live in a time of low fabric consumption, easy machine construction and false buttons over zips, this glimpse into sewing past warms my heart.


And that veil.

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Sadly the dress has now been altered so much that the refined shape is no longer visible. At the time no one realised the movie would be such a classic so the dress was just chucked back into the wardrobe department to be altered and re used.