Post # 1
I might be crazy, but I really have this itch to make my own wedding dress. Crazy, because it’s going to be my first sewing project. Ever.
Here is the full background. And I will need your sincere opinion if I’ve gone mad.
Firstly my motivation is that I simply can’t find a dress that I like. Sometimes it’s the silhouette, sometimes the fabric, sometimes the details (applique, beading etc.). And the rare models that I like are way over my budget. Initially I was going for a knock off dress from China. But it’s not quite exciting to spend 100-200$ and get something way below your expectations.
My inspiration comes from tea length a-line dresses. Mainly from famous Justin Alexander 8465, but what I personally hate in that one is the “fluffy” lace applications.
My plan: I’m not doing it completely from scratch. I’m going to get a simple white bustier which will become the base of my bodice, and tea length tulle skirts which will give the puffy base. I am planning to drape some chiffon (georgette) along the vertical seams of the bustier and make a circle skirt to run over my tulle. To hide the possible ugly seam between the bodice and the skirt, I’m gonna have a wide satin sash. And to make it just a bit more interesting, I want to add just 2 lace butterfly applique – one on the left part of the bodice, around neckline and another on the skirt, somewhere in front just below my right hip.
What do you think? Is it too much to take on? I realize it’s going to be demanding and I will need lots of patience. I’ve never sewed before, and that’s the main part that scares me off. I’ve done some cross stitching though… 🙂
Any opinion is much appreciated!
Post # 3
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.
Post # 4
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
No. I know it probably looks fabulous in your mind, but it’s just not that easy! Have your dress made.
Post # 6
take it to a professional and have her execute your vision.
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 15
Thanks all for your opinion. I think I needed this cold shower to bring me back to earth from my imagination clouds. I’m back to the knock off alternatives. Many online sellers are willing to customise the dress, and some have really good ratings and reviews. But that’s a different topic.
Post # 16
i think it would be a waste of money….. honestly the results wont be professional if you are not already an advanced seamstress.