Post # 1
I was talking to my wonderful Future Mother-In-Law the other day and she ended up generously offering to make a dress for me. I’m sooo excited about it! It could allow me to have exactly what I want, instead of settling for what I can afford (my dress budget is <200$, so the dresses I saw so far are quite plain). Now the question is where do I get a good quality pattern? Did anyone made their dress from a pattern? Where did you guys get it from? Were there any special things to consider that are not very evident? I’m especially interested about experience plus sized ladies had with this as I am one myself. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated!
P.S. I also posted this on the ‘Dress’ board but didn’t get much reply. I wanted to delete that post because I hope to get better replies here, but I don’t know how.
Post # 3
@eakhmet: Depending on the type of dress you’d like, there are a couple of possibilities. If you’re looking for a modern dress pattern, then I’d suggest going to your local fabric store, looking through the pattern books and seeing if something strikes you.
If you’re looking for something more vintage, there are a couple of possiblities. Check the costume section of the pattern books, there are often great historical style patterns there. Also, look on ebay and at etsy – just type in “uncut patterns” My gown was a vintage pattern from the late 80’s/early 90’s that was uncut and in perfect condition, and not very expensive either.
Post # 4
I made my jr bridesmaids and flower girl dresses (with help from my mom!). I started out by showing the girls pictures to find out what they liked, had them choose a few, then tried to find patterns that were close to the dresses they chose.
Beware- most dress pattern images are not very exciting! It was too hard for me to chose thier dresses based on the patterns, that’s why I looked at dresses in stores, versus looking at the patterns themselves for inspiration.
Vogue, Butterwick, Simplicity, McCalls are the most popular pattern making companies (I think I got them all…) They all should have bridal section, but most are limited to a handful of patterns. Also look in the evening gown and dress sections…. (anything can be made in white, or whatever color of drss you want!)
Post # 5
Definitly start at the fabric store. They have books of the patterns they sell. You can look at the actual wedding gowns in the book, but also look at the historical gowns and formal gowns as well. There are a lot of dresses that would make gorgeous wedding gowns if done in white. Will you be paying for fabric etc? You may want to take a serious look at prices for fabric. High quality lace, satins, silks etc can retail at well over $15-$20/yard. Depending on the gown you could be looking at anywhere from 12-30 yards of fabric. (12 yards at $15 is $180) Then you also have to factor in any beading, trim, zippers, boning, etc. Making your own dress can be a big money saver, or a huge money pit, it depends on your taste, and the kind of gown you want.
Post # 6
@Cappugcino: Thanks for the input! I would like to find something modern and very simple, but figure flattering (I know, it is a challenge). I was thinking either empire waist or simple A-line.
Post # 7
@auggiefrog: Thank you for your suggestions, I will def. check out these web stores! And great job on your dresses – I don’t think I would undertake something like this myself.
Post # 8
@nikkialys: You are correct about the fabric prices. My plan is to make a dress out of used traditional wedding kimono, it would fit perfectly into our asian wedding theme and sometimes you can find one on ebay for really cheap.