Post # 1
So… I started on my most recent DIY project, and now I’m not sure if I’m totally insane?
I bought a really pretty (and fairly well-constructed dress)for 20 bucks at a flea market several months ago as a costume for a photo shoot for a model. We never used it, it fits me perfectly, and I love the shape…
I don’t love the fabric, the simplicity, and the fact that its just so plain!
So, I have decided to change it up! I am DIYing my wedding dress! Am I crazy? Please, also tell me what you think of the changes I am going to make…
Sorry for the crappy cell phone image- left my camera at the studio!
Anyways, here are the things I want to keep
1. The shape
2. The casual feel
1. I hate the cotton fabric… Its a little shiny, and very see through… I want to layer it in a casual ivory linen.
2. I want to add a belt, a removable train, and some layers of lace under the slit and bustline.
3. I want to tie the bustline to add a funky change, and add fabric flowers with a little touch of glitz to the train, and to the belt.
Have any of you done this? Semi-DIY gown? Am I insane? Any suggestions or critiques are welcome!
Post # 3
@Whoopsie Daisy: I wouldnt say INSANE, but I would say very brave lol. I say go for it if you are really creative and confident. This looks like a beachy-summery dress. Are you having your wedding in the summer or on the beach? If not, I would spice it up a bit to make it look more “wedding dressy.” Otherwise, keep up the good work. And FYI, we may get a better idea of the dress if you had a picture of you wearing it. That may offer a completely different look. Good luck!
Post # 4
I think it’s beautiful and if you are a reasonably good seamstress, then I don’t think you’re too crazy.
However, I would like to strongly advise against linen on the grounds that it wrinkles SO badly. By the end of your wedding day you will be a rumpled, wrinkly mess.
Linen also doesn’t drape in the same way, so your dress will look more stiff if you use linen.
Could you put up some pictures that aren’t backlit so we can see the material better? We might be able to suggest some better alternatives for the fabric that will get you a similar drape.
Post # 5
We are having an outdoor, October wedding in South Georgia- think HOT weather, barbecue, and FI is wearing a very casual brown linen pants and button down (no tie, no coat.)
I want to keep the casual feel, since we will be outside and casual- I was thinking to use an ivory linen with a few well-placed rhinestones and fabric flowers to ‘dress it up’ like you suggested.
I would love to post a photo of me in it, but the FI will see it! (teehee- he pretends he doesn’t stalk this site too haha!)
I’m 5 foot 2, and quite curvy (34 D, 28 waist, 36 hips) and it is very fitted and very very low cut.
Post # 6
@tinylittlebird: It is a low quality cotton jersey, and the pleat in the front is sewn in, as are the pleats in the belt.
I started planning on using linen because of the feel of it, but if you know of a fabric that is very similar (no shine, casual, soft, elegant, crisp) then I would love to know what you are thinking! I’ve worked with it before on gowns, and haven’t had a problem with the draping since it is an easily pleated fabric, but definitely agree about the wrinkles!
What fabrics would you suggest that have the same feel/ look as linen?
Post # 7
Hmmm… I was going to suggest silk jersey b/c of the fabric quality and draping, but if the look of linen is what you’re wanting without the wrinkles, you might consider a linen/poly blend.
You’ll get a similar look to linen, but polyester is an easier fabric to care for and doesn’t wrinkle as easily.
I know people love to diss on polyester, but there is a reason it’s so widely used- it’s easy to care for, it’s inexpensive, and it can be used to mimic lots of different natural fibers.
I hope you find what you need!
PS. I really like nyfashioncenterfabrics.com for fabric- they have a really great selection of high quality linen, silk, etc…. even if your dress does end up being DIY, you should still have quality fabric for it 🙂
Post # 8
@tinylittlebird:Thanks! Sorry it took me so long to respond back to you!
I never even considered a poly blend, but you are definitely right! I will check it out and send you all updates very soon!
Post # 9
i plan to DIY my gown for the most part. i want to get a cheapy, well fitting on on major clearance and add lace and flowers and things to it 🙂