(Closed) DIY wedding dress: too much of a challenge for the newbie?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
2211 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The idea of making your own dress is very ambitious…I’ve been sewing for 16 years, and have a degree in clothing design, and when I get married, I will most likely not be making my wedding gown.

Cutting, pressing, and sewing are hard enough with the fine fabrics you’re suggesting, but actually designing and making it fit (fit is the most difficult part of sewing, IMO!) in a way that you will be entirely happy with will be a tall order for any discerning bride, much less someone who isn’t already a seamstress.

I would recommend taking your vision to a local pro who has the skills to make it come to life. 

If you are dead set on making this happen yourself, I would recommend taking a sewing class and attempting a few basic garments so you can see what’s involved in making an easy garment.

Good luck!


Post # 4
47458 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you are in way over your head. I wouldn’t want to be you when you do all that work and end up with a dress in which you don’t want to appear in public.

A wedding dress is not a first sewing project. The materials are expensive and errors will show if you have have to take seams apart and redo them.

Why don’t you have a local seamstress make you the dress of your dreams?

Post # 5
899 posts
Busy bee

No. I know it probably looks fabulous in your mind, but it’s just not that easy! Have your dress made.

Post # 6
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

take it to a professional and have her execute your vision.

Post # 7
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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Post # 8
4652 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Fabric is expensive and with being new you will make mistakes and they will be VERY costly…

I would take a sewing class and try a few simple garments to show you what you are getting into (My first PJ pants I made were a HUGE disaster). Most likely you will figure out you are way over your head and this would be way to stressful! 

I would talk to a seamstress to see how much it would cost for her to make the dress you are wanting.

Post # 9
8435 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would recomment sewing a few more things before you decide to tackle a wedding gown.  Since you’re saying this is your first sewing project, I assume you don’t have a sewing machine that you’re used to sewing on.  That’s step 1, wedding gowns are many many many steps later.  Even experienced seamstresses can have trouble tackling a wedding gown.  I agree with the other bees, find a good dress maker and have your dress custom made. 

Post # 10
7774 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sewing is hard and requires experience. It took me quite a long time before I braved anything as complicated as a formal dress and that was made with my mother sitting there with me to help. She’s been sewing for 40 years and wasn’t brave enough to make me a wedding dress for fear she would mess up. Don’t do it.

Have you looked into Dolly Couture? They make the kind of dresses you are talking about for pretty reasonable prices.

Post # 11
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I tihnk it’s too much to take on if you’ve never sewn befoer. There’s a lot of nitpicky stuff that goes into sewing. HOWEVER, I do think you could do a training regimen of sorts to see if you can work your way to it (depending on how far off your wedding is). Practice sewing- a lot. You can pick patterns you like and make mock ups out of cheap flat king sized sheets from walmart (a lot cheaper than buying fabric to practice with) My mom and I plan on DIYing my dress, but we both have experience and she’s made loads of wedding dresses before. 


Don’t give up, but seriously test yourself to see if you can do this… And FYI, canibalizing other clothing elements and splicing them together is not always easier than starting from scratch with a pattern.

Post # 12
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I would be way too scared to make my own wedding dress! but if you think you can do it then go for it ! i knew a girl who made her own wedding dress years ago, it was quite a bit less elaborate than what your’e going for but she did as a project for a sewing class she enrolled in so got the help of a professional for a lot less than she would have had she gone another route.  maybe that could be something you could look into to make sure everything goes to plan and you get your perfect dress.

Post # 13
3139 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I suggest that you design your own dress and take it to a professional and have it custom made. Honestly we were stressed about making tablecloths!!! And we would have given up on the project all together if it had not been for our friend who  has a

a fashion degree and has been sewing all her life. And all we had to do was measure and cut and sew two pieces of fabric together. Not at all the way we had planned to do it, we made it more complicated than it was And could not have done it without her 

Post # 14
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I’m going to go against the grain and say give it a go. The first thing I ever made was a ball gown when I was 13. A few tips:

-Use a pattern. Use instructions online to take your measurements properly then match them up to the sizes on the back of the pattern packet. 

-Make a practice dress out of cheap fabric first so you can work out how to do things. Without destroying good fabric. 

Post # 16
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

i think it would be a waste of money….. honestly the results wont be professional if you are not already an advanced seamstress.

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