- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I have my BFA in fashion design (graduated in 2009) and let’s just say I might be known for my love for dresses (this might paint you a decent visual: I turned a room in my house into a dress room to organize my 2nd true love).
I got engaged in June 2012 and no surprise, I started trying on dresses almost instantly. I have been waiting my whole life to go wedding dress shopping, I thought it would be like a day of shopping x1000 (pure happiness). Boy was I wrong.
Dress shopping has been and still is the most stressful part of planning the wedding. I am a very quick-decision maker, I see it, I want it and done. Once I make my decision (very fast) I stick with it, am done and move into the next decision. But wedding dress shopping has been quite the opposite. I can’t decide what I even like, what style I want and I’ve shred many tears trying on dresses.
I made the decision after my first dress shopping experience that I would make my own dress, I just have to decide what I’m going to make. I’ve tried on about 30+ dresses, 5 bridal salons, have started my dress and I still can’t decide.
Right now I am on dresses design number #3049493? Or so it feels like it. I’m sure I’m making my future-husband crazy with my screaming, crying, ranting over the last 5 months (and we still have a ways to go!).
I wanted to make my dress for a couple reasons. First off, there’s nothing I have found in my price range that suits my taste or what I’m looking for. I think I will always be disappointed in not trying to make my dress, everyone expects me to make the dress anyway and I can’t see spending thousands of dollars on a dress when I can make it for a lot less.
So now to the visuals. This is my dress journey so far, I will probably continue to post the process as I get ready to marry the man of my dreams on Sept 28, 2013 in hopefully the dress of my dreams that I made myself.
My budget is $200. I’m making my dress from scratch, including making my own pattern (mostly draping the dress on my dress form).
I bought this “lace” cotton fabric, I thought it perfectly suited our vintage/rustic wedding and reminded me of dresses from Lela Rose (one of my favorite designers).
closeup of the fabric from dress #1:
of course now I like it.
I pinned it on my dress form and thought the fabric was too thick, making me look too bulky so I started over with new lace. Goodbye dress #1.
So I bought new lace, which gave me a nice vintage feeling and was easier to work with:
I had a couple undocumented dresses in between this.
This was the furthest along I got, draping the bodice. But then after everyone told me they liked it, I ripped it apart thinking I didn’t like the fabric. Goodbye dress #4
Then I decided I wanted straps and a low back, bought new fabric for the bodice and started coming up with this. Then…. goodbye dress #5.
Final dress I’ve documented. This is quickly pinned to give me an idea of the shape and then after a couple days I decided it wasn’t working and I said a final goodbye to dress #655848484
Will I walk down the isle with my very own DIY dress? stay tuned!