Received an e-mail from Debbie of Framingham, MA asking:
“Someone told me to get horse hair for my dress, where do I get it and how do I use it; what are they talking about?”
Now there’s the hem found on many wedding gowns; which has been sewned with a horse hair braid. The braid is not actually made from horse hair, but is a just synthetic nylon or plastic braiding. The horse hair braiding can be purchased in a variety of widths and is typically between 1″ or 2″.
It is used to create a slightly stiff hemline, adding shape and movement to the skirt. Many wedding gowns use a horse hair braid hem to keep the long train of the gown in the proper shape and allows you to move more easily in the dress.
Basically, allowing your train not to feel like your pulling another person! You can go to any Sewing and Notions store; like a JoAnn’s and they should sell it by the yardage ($2-3 per yard). Many couture gowns also have this; it’s essential – similar to boning in a dress to keep its form.
Now there’s a horsehair braid sash! This sash can be used to change the dynamic of a wedding dress, cocktail dress or even add pizzazz to an old dress; making it just like new. We have to be creative, you know!
The picture shows a 120′” sash that will create magic. It’s by Vera Wang® found at David’s Bridal. Available in the colors of black and cream for $58.00 It’ has some stiffness to it, so we creating your look, it will stay in place!
See you thought that you would have to go to great extremes to get some horse hair! NOT! I hope this helps! Good Luck! 😉
And Pssst…Vera Wang is designing Kim Kardashian’s wedding gown too!
Picture from Vera Wang Collection at David Bridals ®