Post # 1
So I know most brides are going with of course buying their dress. It makes perfect logical sense but I’m starting to think it’s not for me.
I’ve only taken like two sewing classes in my life (both were forced on me 8ish years ago). I never really thought about actually wanting to take up sewing. I hate my only two dresses in my closet and I’m tired of spending money on things I don’t like but need. I’m very picky about basically every aspect in my life and when it comes to simple things that truly don’t matter I’ve always settled. I didn’t settle for my fiance because I knew he’d be an important part in my life and I don’t want to settle for my wedding dress.
Of course I do know a couple of old family friends that sew but I haven’t seen them since things ended badly between myself and my family. I don’t know how they feel about me anymore. I also know another girl that sews but she’s always super busy and I don’t want to bug her unless I have to.
Thankfully I’ve got at least six years to master sewing before I have to make my dress.
Are you making your wedding dress? Did you already make your wedding dress? Has/was it hard to make? Can I see some pictures? Any advice?
Post # 3
My sister in law who had never sewn before did! I don’t have pictures but it is doable! The key is practice, start out with something simple like an elastic wasit skirt, so sew two pieces of rectangle fabric together, sew a hem and elastic in the waist. It really depdnds on how complicated you want. Also fabric makes a difference, silk and silky or stretchy fabrics are harder to learn on than plain cotton. It is so fun!
Also pinterest has a plethora of easy sewing ideas to get you into it!
Post # 4
if you do decide to do it, use a pattern, that way everything is laid out for you with instructions. also, i would find a pattern that you love and make a test one out of an “easy fabric” a solid cotton, and not one that’s going to slide around on you. tulle is also kinda hard to work with. i thought about it, it just was easier for me to go buy one and i ended up finding one that i loved. kind of unbelievable,actually, i’m wayyyyyyyy more picky than i need to be.
hope this helps at least a little!
Post # 5
I plan on spending at least most of 6 years just figuring things out. I figure at first I’ll start with something like cotton and as I get better I’ll try new fabrics and tougher things. I was thinking about making a simple purse but an elastic skirt would probably be easier.
Did she take any classes or did she just figure it out all by herself?
I can’t believe I never thought about pinterest.
Do know anywhere that would have wedding dress patterns? It makes a lot of sense to try it out on cotton first. I’m surprised tulle is kind of hard to work. Tulle just seems like it wouldn’t be too difficult because of it’s texture.
I’m glad you found your dress instead of having to make it.
Post # 6
Tulle gets horribly caught in the machine! Same with lace. My sil did it with the instruction of her aunt who sews well I think. Several companies do make formal dress patterns, Mccalls has a few, Simplicity is anothrr brand that makes some simpler patterns to start on to get used to them.
Post # 7
I don’t have any advice, all I’ve ever sewn was pillows!
However I think this sounds super exciting! If I had the time to master sewing I would LOVE to do this!
I’ve always wanted to make my own shits too [espcially the open back twisty ones.. so hard to find!]
I hope it turns out great!
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Post # 9
lol @ my post. That should say SHIRTS not shits.
Post # 10
I am a super sewing Bee! I used to work in costuming, and I altered my reception dress down two sizes and made it tea length!
I wouldn’t recommend making your own dress! And here’s why–
Fabric is REALLY expensive! Lace STARTS at $10/yard for crappy polyester that feels like sandpaper. REAL lace is $30+ a yard!
Tulle is nearly impossible to sew. I still do it by hand, and it takes FOREVER.
You’d have to buy a sewing machine. Even a cheap one is ~$150.
Honestly, I would look at sample dresses and once worn dresses! Then if it needs tailoring, I’d find someone to do whatever nips and tucks are needed.
Post # 11
@jenilynevette: omg you had me rolling on the floor laughing!
Post # 12
@calibee79: I giggled myself when I seen it!
Post # 13
@greymonkey42: Yikes this sounds really hard! I don’t want to be a downer, but this will be REALLY hard. I have some decent sewing experience, and so one time I decided to make a dress. The problem is that sewing for yourself is a lot harder than it seems. I used a pattern and I made a dress. After I was done the dress itself was okay, but I didn’t like the way it fit me, and I NEVER would have bought it at a store. I’m sure this is doable, but even for me, and making a simple cotton summer dress, it was way more challenging than I expected. Best of luck though!
Post # 14
It makes sense that it would get caught now that you say that. Owell Have never really been a fan of tulle. Unless I have to use it I plan on staying away from it and probably using organza. I’m sure if tulle is difficult so will organza. I’m sure I’ll use lace to make something but it wont be for my wedding dress. Thanks I’ll look at those sites.
I’ll see if my friend that sews ever has just a bit of free time to show me some tricks.
Thanks I’ll have to look at those.
I love sewing by hand but like you said it takes longer. I’ll have to remember that it’s better to work with tulle by hand. My problem isn’t really money however I am cheap. I have no issue buying a sample dress or an already used one none of them are actually what I want. I just like things a very specific simple but different way. I do plan on trying on actual dresses so I wont spend all that time on a dress I wont like in reality.
I realize it wont be easy. I know sewing is very difficult when it’s for yourself. Hopefully 6 years will give me enough time to figure it out since I’ll be mostly sewing for myself. If I don’t master it than owell at least I tried.