- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
So I’ve always wanted to make my own wedding dress. I have difficulty finding any dress that I really like from a lot of online searches, and I think making my own wedding dress would be HUGELY gratifying, not to mention cost effective. So I kind of realized that one of the reasons why I don’t like the wedding dresses I see is because I already had the perfect dress design!
I never made it because it seemed like a large project, and being in university, not an option. It was inspired by flamenco dresses, which I have always had an intense fascination with (and flamenco dancing, flamenco shoes, flamenco hair-pieces).
So the bottom line is that I WANT TO MAKE THIS DRESS. LIKE, BAD.
However, I figured before I went ahead with it, I would like to get comments from more of the experienced seamstresses on this board (I would consider myself to be beginner-intermediate). Just comments on the logistics/any problems I may encounter, fabric suggestions (I don’t know fabrics well by name, and we don’t have a fabric shop in this town, so when I visit one I’d like to have an idea of what I’m looking for), and so on.
So here’s the basic design, and I’ll explain how I’m planning on doing below the image. I’ve tried to make the figure it’s placed on most closely approximate my body proportions as possible without toiling over measurements (small bust, chest, and waist, wide hips).
So I apologize for the paint diagram! I just updated an old file I fiddled with.
So here’s what you’re looking at: split side, corset/bustier-style simple dress with layers of the wedding colours (autumn theme), and artificial flowers on the side (maybe leftover fabric flowers? Same colours), and a wide choker fixed with flowers at the back with trailing fabric.
Instead doing the dress from scratch, I was going to use a long-body overbust corset (white) as a base and simply cover it in fabric (a corset like this: http://www.corsetdeal.com/Brocade-Overbust-Corset_p_121.html).
I figure with a 60 inch bolt of the fabric of my choice, I could easily do the top part (corset) and bottom part (skirt) separately and then join them together and mask the seam with a hip sash (I’m not fond of seams on dresses, I know some like the emphasis, so this allows me to avoid the lengthwise seams, hopefully). So the sash (different fabric, I think) does double duty, it adds to the diagonal, asymmetry of the design while hiding the seam. It also hides the blunt end to the corset at the base of the back that I’m not fond of (see back image).
The layers of fabric underneath the main dress would not necessarily be the same fabric, I have no problem with a layer of white lace, but I do want them to be different shades of orange/red.
The front would be tapered to expose the left leg, while I would like the back to form more of a train. I’m not anticipating any technical sewing issues here, but I have a feeling I might be duping myself into thinking so, so any comments are very welcome here!
The flare on the hip of fabric is very important to me (having that flamenco feel and all), which is the other area I would really like input from. I figured I could tackle this by pinching the fabric at a point and rolling it up slightly on the hip and then fastening it there. I did this as an experiment on a multi-layer skirt I have and it seemed to work well. Any other suggestions for achieving this flare?
So my last problem is my fabric. I want a fabric type that moves lightly, and most importantly, can hang down and appear to be very little fabric, but actually be a lot bunched in there (so that it flares out when I twirl or whatever). Pretty much like a flamenco dress (big surprise). I’m not fond of shiny fabrics at all. I’ve done some research and crepe fabric seems to fit this well, any other suggestions?
A final question is that the skirt piece doesn’t have much body, and I would like a little which I may be able to achieve with the layers of fabric underneath. If not, I may want to add some body particularly to the back. I feel this is something that I could easily do after the dress is done because of the amount of fabric in the dress. Am I wrong in thinking this?
Thanks in advance all lovely bees! I’m just worried that I’m perceiving this as a simpler project than it is, so I love any experience, comments, etc. that can be offtered.
I wouldn’t start making this for another year or so, I’d like to take the time to gather the materials and wait and see what my weight does (imagine it going down after graduating from university!) – although I think with the corset smaller losses or fluctuations aren’t too much of an issue.
EDIT: Sorry it’s so long!