Post # 1
Probably a dumb question, but I’ll ask it anyway.
I’m planning on making (or at least helping to make) my wedding dress. It’ll be similar to the Whirling Turban 50’s style full-skirt dresses. And it’ll be out of cotton, so there won’t be a lot of crazy types of fabric to have to deal with. I know a seamstress who’s very skilled at everything from table clothes to wedding dresses, and I’ve seen her awesome work. As long as I supply all the materials, she could actually whip out a wedding gown that looks like something from a magazine in only 2 weeks (no pattern, even!). But I’d like to help, just because I think the idea of being involved in the creation of my dress is a really cool one. And I’d like to bump up my own sewing skills a few notches, too.
Anyway… I need to loose weight before the wedding. Not just a looks thing, I’m actually starting to get a few health issues. We’re thinking a year out, at the moment. I’d really like to start working on the dress as soon as I can, just… well, because it sounds fun! The seamstress I’ll be working with is of the opinion that anything can be altered (and I’ve seen her work that proves it, too). I’m just wondering if I should get quite a bit closer to my goal weight before even bothering to start the dress. Though, at least I’d be altering it smaller, instead of trying to add to it.
Post # 3
I would start the dress now because you want some time to find the materials, design it, etc. And it leaves some room just in case anything goes wrong! If you are losing weight, you might need to take it in but that would be nothing…
Post # 4
I already know exactly what materials I’m using, actually! 🙂 I just need to narrow it down between a couple of colors, and the samples for both should be arriving in the mail next week. After that, it’s honestly just a matter of my seamstress making a pattern and telling me how much fabric to order, and picking out any additional trim I might want.
Post # 5
That’s exciting to make/design your own gown. I am getting mine designed right now, my wedding is not until a year away but I wanted to make sure it was what I was expecting before it was too late to look for another dress (plan B). But if you wanted to, you could wait a couple more months to start it, I wouldn’t wait much longer than that!
Post # 6
My dressmaker is starting my dress at the beginning of March, but because it’s fairly simple, she reckons the actual making will only take two weeks. So I have five months to lose a sight of weight…. Sigh. I’ve had since January, and not really lost anything! Gah, back to the gym Monday!
You’ve got lots of time, chick, don’t waste it like I did!
You gonna post pics of what your dress will approximately be like?
This is my lovely….
Post # 7
The general style will be something like this, from Whirling Turban. May or may not do a belt, straps, or the “wing bust.” Those are elements that could easily be added after most of it is finished. I also saw another similar retro full-skirted dress on Etsy once that had small pickups on the front of it, revealing the underskirt. I’d love to just buy one from Whirling Turban, but I know even if I pay to have it made locally, it’ll be so much cheaper it’s rediculous.
Aaaannnnnd I just realized that I should probably buy my underskirt first! It’ll be even more important to have it availible through the making of my dress than it would be just for ordering one from a store. I would like it to be a little visible under the skirt of the dress, so that’ll take some specific measurements. I’m a bit on the short side, so anything ordered from a store would need the bottom several inches whacked off of it, regardless of the style. If it’s custom made, I can actually put details on the bottom (if I decide I want them) and not loose them.