(Closed) Make your own dress?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Check out Miss Poodle’s blog posts! She’s making her own dress and chronicling her whole process. 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I couldn’t do it but we did the bridesmaid dresses! Ok, mom did. I think i could if i was much more experienced but I didn’t need the stress.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Look up some old vogue patterns. They have some good ones!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would look at other dress patterns too, like prom dresses!! Keep in mind you can mix and match patterns if you like the bottom of one and the top of another.  You can alter the patterns you find too to make a different neckline, etc.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Butterick has good patterns for wedding dresses. I pretty sure you can get one at JoAnns. A high school friends’ mom made her wedding dress and it was elegant and lacy…but it took forever and it’s was difficult (you will have to do a lot of hand sewing if you are using lace or want it a lot more “involved”)

Go in to JoAnns and look their the books. I am 95% sure they have one completely of prom/wedding outfits. But, that might have just been around “prom” season.

Another trick: take a good fitting dress that you might own and take it apart to use as a pattern…adding more bridal details but it would give you the base.

Lol, sorry I’m the type of sewer that “wings” it and I’m not a fan of patterns 😉

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Butterick are nice patterns to follow.  i would avoid Vogue pattenrs – always found them a PITA

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

I am considering making my own dress. Mostly because it will be cheaper. I can’t find any patterns I like either. I may just use a designer dress I like and try to figure out the pieces I need and sew it together. The hardest part is going to be fitting it to yourself. I’m struggling with that.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

My sister and I designed her dress together and then I made it.

I had found a book about how to add gorgeous fun things like a train to regular patterns.

I just moved so who knows which box the book is in or what the title is.

Maybe you could find something at Amazon.com

 

I only use Vogue patterns.  They have lots of extra steps that make the finished garment look waaaaay better.

Vogue also has a bridal “parts” pattern.  A back with a long line of tiny covered buttons, etc.  It’s very pretty.

Get a full length mirror and have a friend help you with fittings.  You truly cannot fit yourself by yourself for such an important garment.  Say the upper back is too loose.  You need a gf to pin a dart in exactly the right place, size, and length.  No way could you do this alone.

DEFINITELY make a muslin first.  It’s a dress made from cheap, stable fabric.  I have used white size sheets for this.  Just make certain you can feel the fabric – some sheets have fabric that is too stiff or thick.

It will so fun knowing your dress is unique and is perfect just for you!

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