(Closed) Anyone else going to DIY the dress?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
4414 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I did that for my last marriage. I took the bottom of my mom’s wedding gown and sewed a new bodice for it. My mom guided me through it, but I did all the work. It was the first time I had ever sewn, and my mom said she didn’t think I could have picked a harder project for my first sewing endeavour!

I think it’s well worth it if you have the patience. It’s a lot of work though.

On my current dress, I added a lace detail to to the front my dress changing it from a sweetheart to a straight neckline. On my 5 foot frame, the sweetheart just looked as though the dress was too short and falling down in the front. I like the look of the straight neckline better on my frame, plus I’m happier not showing quite so much cleavage.  I also added a piece of lace near the bottom of the train to slip my wrist threw to carry it.  Not huge changes, like my last wedding gown, but still some work.

Good luck! I’m sure you’ll have fun doing it, and it will be completely original!!! How cool is that???  🙂

Post # 4
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was going to as I have experience making pageant gowns but decided in the end that I didn’t want to stress myself out over it or worry about it not turning out right and still having to purchase something.

If we’d had a longer engagement I might have but as it was I’m glad I didn’t take it on with so many other DIY projects. I’d still love to make my dream dress but can’t justify the expense.

Post # 5
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You should PM Ms. Sewing, she DIYed her dress and it came out AMAZING. I’m sure she could give you pointers. I think she made a version of it in muslin first.

Post # 6
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Funny enough, I determined NOT to DiY my dress!  I’m an experienced seamstress, I made my sister’s wedding dress, and I’m planning on making my bridesmaid dresses.  I guess I just felt like this one thing I wanted someone ELSE to do the work on!  Heehee!  But you are absolutely right, making your dress can get you EXACTLY what you want, on a reasonable budget.

My Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are really similar to that Vogue pattern, and it’s a really simple design that would be good to start on!  I think you made a good choice!  Be sure to practice on a few other things, or hey, even take a class!  And most of all, enjoy the process!

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