Post # 1
I’m curious, because I haven’t come across any mentions of it in the bee.
in the 90’s my aunt made her wedding dress. I don’t have a photo, but let’s just say it was complicated! with a really long train that sweeps up into a bustle– just by pulling two ribbons inside. and it was covered in beadwork! after all that, it got ruined at the dry cleaners. I swear, she should have sued them.
when I got engaged, the first thing my aunt did was send me an email to tell me to not make my own dress- that it was way too stressful. LOL!
well, anyway, my mom (my aunt’s sister) is a professional seamstress. she’s making my dress– but it’s relatively simple (no beadwork). I designed it myself.
because I also know how to sew, I’m making a big fabric flower to put off to the side on the waistband, and a matching fabric flower for my hair.
I’ll post photos after the wedding (I don’t have any now).
I was able to afford heavy weight 100% silk (it was on sale), and the entire thing cost about $100 (if you include all the lining and stuff). plus, my mom is award winning. I feel so lucky to have this!
anyway…. anyone else going to do your own dress– or have somebody close to you sew it?
Post # 3
I’ve done some DIY on two wedding gowns.
For my second marriage, I made my own wedding dress. Well, actually, I made the bodice of my dress. I took the skirt from my mom’s wedding dress, and attached a bodice that I made myself. It’s the first time I had ever sewn. My mom says I picked an extremely difficult pattern, but that I did a really good job on it. I don’t have any pictures though. I was pretty proud of it.
This time I did some DIY on my dress that changed the style. I added cap sleeves, changeded the neckline.
This is how the neckline looked originally:
This is how I changed it:
Then this is how I changed it again:
Here’s a close up of the sleeves. I hand-beaded them myself:
Post # 4
I was going to make my own gown; however, I found a ready-made gown, instead, that cost way less than what I could have made if for. I did make my girls dresses though for a lot less than it would have cost me to purchase them already made.
Post # 5
I am getting a corset and bolero made (the bolero is sheer, and I can’t do a French seam for the life of me!), and making the skirt and detachable train myself. 🙂
I’m using Victorian skirt patterns from trulyvictorian.com – they way up in the plus sizes, so I shouldn’t have to alter them too much. Most Victorian skirts are slim in front, but I am making them slightly A-line with a bustle in the back.
Post # 6
@rubyred605: It sounds pretty awesome!
Post # 7
You are SOOO lucky to have your mom have such an amazing talent! I would LOVE a DIY dress, but Heaven knows that it would be pretty scary looking if I did it myself! Trying to hire someone to make a dress that you desinged is SO expensive that it really is cheaper to by an already made dress!
I can’t wait for pictures!!
Post # 8
@Loribeth: You did such an awesome job! I love the addition of sleeves.
Post # 9
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: Thanks! I’m so short and I have such broad shoulders that I like the way the sleeves look better on me than without.
Post # 10
@Loribeth: LOVE YOUR SLEEVIES! You made yourfairly ordinary-looking dress super cute! That must have taken a great deal of time.
Post # 11
@EffieTrinket: THANK YOU! I love that I took a gown that anyone could buy and made it into something custom that no one else will have, even if they buy the same dress.
It took an amazingly long time. The sleeves were made by piecing together 14 lace appliques, then adding scrap pieces of lace to make two sleeves look like mirror images of each other. I hand sewed all the sequines and glass beads on, making sure that both sleeves were done the same. Then, to give the sleeves added strength just in case the appliques started to come apart, I sewed a satin ribbon on the under-side of the sleeves. I don’t even know how many hours I put into them.
Post # 12
i wanted to make my dress so bad but half way through making a bolero my sewing machine decided it hated me. im glad i didnt try to make my wedding dress. i did make my prom dress though and as pretty as it was and all the compliments i got on it i could see every flaw. it drove me up a wall….
Post # 13
Wow your dress looks amazing! I LOVE the cap sleeves! My jaw dropped at how beautiful it looked and what a difference your customization made!
Post # 14
@Annabelle86: Thank you!
Here’s a picture of the back of my dress before:
Here’s the back after I altered it:
Post # 15
they really add something special to the dress : )
Post # 16
That’s so cool. I’d like to learn how to sew I’d love to be able to make my own things!
I am having my dress made by a seamstress. Her daughter is a friend from high school. I picked out the style that I like – skirt type, bodice, details, etc. and then picked out the fabric. The dress itself will be made of satin and then it will have an overlay of silk organza. It is a sweetheart neckline and the bodice is drop waist and will have ruching and beading. The skirt will have pickups. I actually have my second fitting tomorrow and it is so cool to see the dress in progress. My mom is taking pictures to document the process.
My mom and great-aunt are also having their dresses made by this person and we are very excited that we will all have one of a kind dresses.
Here are the pics that I brought to show her. Imagine bits and pieces of each dress put together into one!
Overall dress style similar to this:
Bodice with ruching & beading – mine is a strapless sweetheart necking with a slightly deeper V than here, but I absolutely love this:
Back similar to this:
The cost is very reasonable because I won’t have to pay for alterations and I didn’t have to rush into buying months ahead of time (only have a 6 month engagement and honestly didn’t have time to really dress shop due to work & other commitments). Plus the #1 reason which is that I can feel confident that the dress is being made to fit ME. I also feel blessed that my dad has offered to pay for half of it 🙂