Some brides adamantly want their gowns stark and simple, and others go for all the trimmings. Beading and embroidery can add richness and glamour, but they can also detract from a dress when done poorly. If you don’t have the budget for quality embellishments, skip them in favour of a gorgeous fabric or add embellishment via the veil.
If you’re looking for a dress with beading, make sure the beads are sewn on individually. If they’re just strung together and tacked on, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. To add interest without the glimmer, embroidery or appliqués can be beautiful alternatives.
Dressmaker touches like pleating, lacing, and ruffles can also add texture and detail. Trapunto stitching, done on the underside of the fabric, creates a raised but seamless design. Ruching, a technique that produces gathers, can be used to highlight décolletage or to add texture. Pickups gather the material in bunches to create a bustle-like effect that brings in a lot of movement.
Employ embellishments strategically to direct the eye where you want it to go. If you have beautiful shoulders, beading along the upper edge of the bodice or straps will help draw attention to them. Embroidery on the bodice lures eyes up, away from the hips and thighs.