(Closed) Advice needed from sewing brides

posted 6 years ago in DIY
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  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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 # 6
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    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
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    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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!

    Post # 8
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    373 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @greymonkey42:  depends what you’re looking for. 

    Here are some 

    http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5321-products-4901.php?page_id=110

    http://butterick.mccall.com/b5708-products-15269.php?page_id=152  This one is really pretty vintage and is not hard to lengthen. I’ve made this one in the short and it’s a very easy pattern

    http://butterick.mccall.com/b5779-products-22951.php?page_id=153

    http://butterick.mccall.com/b5731-products-14907.php?page_id=153

    http://butterick.mccall.com/b5325-products-9440.php?page_id=153

    http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1030-products-7884.php?page_id=186  

    just a few there but sometimes Jo Ann fabrics has a sale for .99 patterns and they have tons. 

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    lol @ my post. That should say SHIRTS not shits.

    Post # 10
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    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @jenilynevette:  omg you had me rolling on the floor laughing!

    Post # 12
    Hostess
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @calibee79:  I giggled myself when I seen it!

    Post # 13
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    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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!

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