Post # 1
I can’t find a dress in the style I like for a price that I also like (although a handful do come close). I’ve recently gotten a little bit into sewing, and have a very good instructor. I asked how feasible it might be to create the type of dress I’d like, and she says it will be extremely simple! She’s going to guide me through it, but I’ll be doing all the real work. And as long as she gets to keep the pattern when I’m done, all I have to buy is the fabric. I’m a little nervous, as the most extensive sewing I’ve done so far is just to alter a Girl Scout vest. But she does excellent work, and assures me that anything can always be fixed.
I’m basing most of the dress off Vogue vintage pattern #V2902. But the neckline will be more of a portrait/sweetheart, and off-the-shoulder. I may add a belt. Not sure about that yet, but that will be easy to make. The overall style is like something you’d see at Whirling Turban.
Anybody else brave enough to DIY their dress? Or make major alterations on it by yourself?
Post # 3
I did that for my last marriage. I took the bottom of my mom’s wedding gown and sewed a new bodice for it. My mom guided me through it, but I did all the work. It was the first time I had ever sewn, and my mom said she didn’t think I could have picked a harder project for my first sewing endeavour!
I think it’s well worth it if you have the patience. It’s a lot of work though.
On my current dress, I added a lace detail to to the front my dress changing it from a sweetheart to a straight neckline. On my 5 foot frame, the sweetheart just looked as though the dress was too short and falling down in the front. I like the look of the straight neckline better on my frame, plus I’m happier not showing quite so much cleavage. I also added a piece of lace near the bottom of the train to slip my wrist threw to carry it. Not huge changes, like my last wedding gown, but still some work.
Good luck! I’m sure you’ll have fun doing it, and it will be completely original!!! How cool is that??? 🙂
Post # 4
I was going to as I have experience making pageant gowns but decided in the end that I didn’t want to stress myself out over it or worry about it not turning out right and still having to purchase something.
If we’d had a longer engagement I might have but as it was I’m glad I didn’t take it on with so many other DIY projects. I’d still love to make my dream dress but can’t justify the expense.
Post # 5
You should PM Ms. Sewing, she DIYed her dress and it came out AMAZING. I’m sure she could give you pointers. I think she made a version of it in muslin first.
Post # 6
Funny enough, I determined NOT to DiY my dress! I’m an experienced seamstress, I made my sister’s wedding dress, and I’m planning on making my bridesmaid dresses. I guess I just felt like this one thing I wanted someone ELSE to do the work on! Heehee! But you are absolutely right, making your dress can get you EXACTLY what you want, on a reasonable budget.
My BM dresses are really similar to that Vogue pattern, and it’s a really simple design that would be good to start on! I think you made a good choice! Be sure to practice on a few other things, or hey, even take a class! And most of all, enjoy the process!