Post # 1
So I’ve recently been engaged for a wedding that will take place July 2013 so I have time to find a dress. I’ve put a lot of hours into trying things on and searching online but don’t know where to turn. Thanks so much for your help.
I’m short (5’2″)
I’m pear shaped (curvey on the bottom but thin in the waist and medium-small on the breasts)
I have broad shoulders (off the shoulder straps look Terrible on me)
I would love to sew my own dress with the help of my mother and motherinlaw. It would be really special to me (and I could have it exactly the way I want it for cheapsies. However, I don’t like the patterns I’ve found in JoAnn’s Fabric.
It’s a beach wedding. I would like something light and airy to match tropical fruit & flower theme. I’ll be going barefoot and hope all the guests show up in hawaiian shirts.
I like white.
I like lace.
I like tulle.
I like some sleeves.
It would be nice to have a dress that’s good for twirling around in.
I’m not set on the length but leaning towards short (though my mom hates it)
Even if it’s not a pattern I still appreciate interesting concepts that may be able to be put together.
Ideas I’ve had:
I was thinking about possibly making my own lace A-line dress and then putting this on top. Then, when reception rolls around I take of the tail and put a petticoat under the A-line dress.
Tea-length A-line dress I used to fantisize about but not so sure I’m as into the sheer top as I am the lace anymore.
I’ll add color with these. Not sure how or where yet, but don’t worry about it looking too white.
Another idea I had was buying a corset and making a skirt to go with it. Not so sure about that idea. I’d take the jewels off.
Sorry if it’s too much info!! I have all these ideas and I don’t know what to do with it all. I’m usually more decisive :/
Post # 3
I think the first idea is brilliant and looks like both a wedding dress like your mom wants, and a short dress like you want.
Post # 4
i love the toulle skirt, it’s great that you can take it off and even use the base dress for other occasions, very cute
Post # 5
I love love love the first dress with the removable tulle. It is so elegant and pretty and would look amazing on the beach with a (hopefully light!) sea breeze.
Post # 6
Does anyone have any idea what pattern I should use for the dress under the tulle? I think that one’s my favorite too but I could still incorporate the 2nd or 3rd dress ideas.
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Post # 8
I love the first dress…perfect for a beach wedding! If you wanted to incorporate the second dress then maybe use the design of how the straps are with the neckline onto the first dress? I have never made a dress so I don’t even know if that is possible but its an idea. Good luck!!
Post # 9
I love that first dress you posted! Sewing a dress with my mom and fmil was always my dream as a little girl! But my mom doesn’t know how to sew 🙁
I’ve searched for some patterns, but it’s really hard to tell what they will look like not as a drawing. It’s also really hard to tell if some are patterns. Looking at the prices I would think they are, but I’d contact the company before buying. I feel like they make it so hard to find a good pattern because they want you to buy the dress. You could always make your own pattern using a cheap fabric until you get it right. The great thing about making your own is you can combine patterns.
Try putting in the keywords (in images)wedding dress patterns sew sweetheart neckline bridal
The sleeves on this one are terrible I know, but the bodice might be a good starting place. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/appeljarvintage/3098669/bridal_gown_pattern_jessica_mcclintoch_sweetheart_neckline_vintage_s12/vintage/supplies/sewing_patterns
Post # 10
Love Option #1! Have you thought about sewing your own corset? You’ve got plenty of time to work on it and shape it exactly to your body.
I would recommend Laughing Moon #100 – http://www.lafnmoon.com/Pattern_100_Ladies_Victorian_Underwear_p/p100.htm I’ve made the Dore, but the Silverado (a bit more challenging with the bust gores) would be very pretty, too. You could make your a-line skirt separately (1/2 circle skirt would be nice, and is something you can easily draft without a pattern!) or you could shorten the corset to stop at your waist and attach the skirt, but that would require even more precise math.
As for the tulle overskirt, aka “cape”, all you need is a ton of tulle, probably at least 5 layers, and a 2-3″ wide ribbon to attach it to. If you wanted, you could even make it a complete skirt by leaving a 8-12 inch slit at the top and using snaps or buttons to close the gap.
Post # 11
As a person that is an adequate sewer remember chiffon is very unforgiving. Tulle would be much easier to work with. The reality of what you can accomplish versus how much frustration it will give you is something to consider.
A corset with tulle sleeves and a petticoat type skirt is something you can personalize with embellishment and enjoy doing it.
Good luck to you, and embrace this as a labor of love for your special day.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t wear a corset and skirt to the wedding since it will be an outdoor beach wedding. The moods just don’t match. How The first dress is really cute but also seems too princess fairy for where you’re getting married. I think the second dress is super cute andflattering but it seems more like what a guest would wear, just not in white.
I think that something like this would be very flattering to your figure. It’s A-line with a natural waist. You could either add sleeves or a lace bolero jacket. The Link
This one is a little softer and more romantic looking. The Link
As far as dress patterns go, are you looking in store or onlne? Most pattern company websites only show a very limited amount of their patterns. You’re better off going to a craft store and browsing their books. You also don’t have to limit yourself to the bridal category, they usually have a formal dress section too.
This is the short dress that I was seriously considering before I found mine at a local shop. You might like it. The link
Post # 13
i love the idea of a removable tulle overlay for your dress! So bridal but sexy!
Post # 14
I love the tea length dress.
Post # 15
When you looked at Joann’s did you just look at the wedding dress patterns? I’d suggest looking at their patterns for formal gowns, or even cocktail dresses and sun dresses if you might go short. Remember to look at the cut of the dress not the fabric they show it in- if you make a “cocktail gown” in all white, it will look like a wedding gown. I feel like I’ve seen a pattern similar to the dress you posted at Joann’s but I have no clue what the number was.
Post # 16
I really like this dress, simple, fun, easy to dance in… and lace could be added to the midsection:
Here is the pattern put to use for someone else’s handmade wedding dress!