did anyone design their own wedding dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@mlleviolette:  well there are a number of custom dress makers out there, even chinese ones. I myself have designed my own dream dress (pieced together features of three dresses) and I am planning to order it from China (DressilyMe). Of course, you could go to a local dress maker to get this done or check out companies that do it. Jasmine’s bridal used to do it but not anymore. DressilyMe does it and from what i’ve seen, they are very good. Just do a search here on WeddingBee and you would find a few more.

They are usually pretty inexpensive too!!

Here is a thread with pictures of real brides in their custom made dresses

 

Good luck!

 

Post # 4
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m designing mine & having it made. I took little bits of my favourite designers & nods to celeb styles. I want a short 50’s style ala Jackie O. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@mlleviolette:  I understand how you feel. I haven’t tried any dresses on yet, but most of them make me yawn. I don’t feel like any of them are exactly what I’m looking for.

My sister went to a dress maker (in upstate NY) to have her dress designed, and her dress cost over $2K when she was done. But it was exactly what she wanted, and her dress maker was wonderfully helpful along the way (suggesting necklines/silhouettes that would look best on my sister’s bodytype). My sister LOVED her dress in the end, it was everything she’s ever wanted. She looked beautiful too. 

I, myself, am going to Dolly Couture here in Los Angeles. They sell their own line of beautiful dresses, but they also do custom work. I definitely know exactly what I want, so I will probably opt for a complete custom design. Since they have such a great reputation, I know I won’t be disappointed 🙂

I say go for it! Start researching dress makers in your area (maybe even outside your area, if you’re willing to do some driving). Gather everything you can to help you describe your “dream dress” so you can give the dress maker as much detail and information as possible. 

Post # 6
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

There is a website called fiverr.com where you can find persons who do a lot of things for $5. If you need help with a design, you can search for a freelance designer to help you for $5.

Post # 7
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90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mlleviolette:  I had the same problem, none of the dresses I was looking at looked like me. I really wanted something tea length with a lace overlay and lace 3/4 sleeves. I found a vintage pattern of a wedding dress I really liked and now my aunt it making it. I think depending on how detailed the dress is (mine is very simple) you could probably have it done in a few months, but that would also depend on who is making it. I really think my dress will cost under $100 to make, just because of the simplicity. A dress that is handmade seems so amazing, like one of a kind 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mlleviolette:  Mine was partially self designed- more of a mix between two of the designers pre-existing styles and I added some changes of my own in. I had a great time dealing with the designer, taking measurements was the most nerve-wracking part about it since I’m not too familiar with that & it was hard to imagine what it all would look like. I went with a skirt from one dress, a top from another, and added my own thing (polka dot overlay fabric, low V-back, shoulder bunching, and the rolled hem). I went with dolly couture, but if your looking similar to Jenny Packham that’s not really their style so I can’t help with that one =(

 

I LOVED the process but I did have to send my dress back at least once to get something fixed the seamstress didn’t catch. Overall it was a great experience! From start to finish it took about 2-3 months, and at least a month for alterations. 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

This is an interesting thread because I have started to look online and I’m not in love with anything. I do like the Casablanca 1900 and another one from James Clifford, but I can’t afford the clifford and the 1900 is discontiuned.

I’ve thought about this route too and its interesting to hear what some of the ladies are saying. I’d love to see more pics of the dresses!

@BeckyS0:  cool dress!

@LadyMoriarty:  I’m curious as to where in Upstate Ny she is. I’m in Syracuse.

Post # 11
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1040 posts
Bumble bee

@VictorianChick:  I’m originally from Syracuse! 🙂 I could ask my sister who she contacted, if you’d like. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@BeckyS0:  So beautiful! I’m going to Dolly Couture too. I’m so excited to work with them!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@LadyMoriarty:  that would be great!   As you know when a lot of people say upstate they mean albany so I had to ask 🙂

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