Post # 1
I am so excited and nervous at the same time! I’m heading up to my mom’s this weekend and we’ll be starting on my wedding dress. We’ll pretty much be working non-stop and I hope to have the bodice done/mostly done before I leave.
Gah, it’s the prettiest dress ever in my head and I am so scared that we won’t be able to get it to come out the way I want it. Saturday morning is going to feel like Christmas!
Has anyone else sewn their own dress? Care to show pics and reassure me it can be done?
Post # 3
@moonadea: the fabric is beautiful! cant wait to see what you come up with. 🙂
Post # 4
I hope you share your progress with us! It’s going to be stunning!
Post # 5
What a huge task to undertake. I cannot wait to see the finished result. It’s going to be such an awesome accomplishment!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
I love your fabrics and inspiration pics, you just have to keep us updated as you work on it!
Post # 7
my mom made mine. I only have one regret: I really really wish I had done some kind of strap. I went for strapless, but I didn’t test it out to see how it would behave when I moved around. it ended up slumping, which created a bulge at the waist. I had to constantly tug it up all night.
also, I did not know until the day of the wedding that it was going to do this! every time I did a fitting, I barely moved around, so it didn’t slump. I had no idea.
strapless dresses are just insanely difficult. my mom is a professional seamstress who is award winning and has literally decades of experience, but unexpected things can happen anyway.
so, my advice for you is: when you do your fitting, walk around, jump, sit, bend over, etc. see how the dress behaves. if it seems you can’t get the bodice to stay up, be open minded about straps. you’ll thank yourself later.
below is a photo. (ignore the “before” part). the arrow indicates where the dress was curving out where it should have been curving in:
Post # 8
@janie-janie: Thank you so much. That is very helpful advice! I have a corset/longline bra that I will be sewing into my dress, but if that doesn’t work I am also open to adding straps. Thanks again!
Post # 9
sososososo pretty! Love your fabric and inspiration photos.
I’m making a Vogue Vintage pattern, this one:
Here’s the completed bodice:
And the bottom edge of the lace overlay for the skirt:
Can’t wait to see update pics from yours!
Post # 10
Its gonna look so beautiful!
Post # 11
Oh, and actually that’s not quite the complete bodice! I had to do a repair to fix the bunching at the center front of the midriff… so that isn’t there now 🙂
Post # 12
@moonadea: thankfully, my issue was easily photoshopped, and my photographer was very nice to do this for me.
your idea of sewing in a corset sounds like a good one!
oh– another thing that could have helped me instead of straps: if my sash was tied on separately, then it could have been tightened as needed. instead it was sewn in so there was no option to tighten at the last minute. a tight sash could have totally made my problem go away!
I really like your dress inspiration pics. especially the last one. SO beautiful!
Post # 13
I love your fabric and inspiration pics! I can’t wait to see what the finished dress will look like! My sister sews dresses, but they are mostly the renaissance-type dresses (still, very intricate). I have A LOT of admiration for anyone with enough patience to do that level of sewing! Yours is going to be beautiful!!!
Post # 14
I think that is amazing! The color and fabric look so beautiful. Even if you hit some snags along the way the finished product will be so perfect and your dream dress right out of you own head. 🙂
Post # 15
@Lexy: Wow, gorgeous! I love that lace. How long did the bodice take? Damn boobs, sewing would be so easy if you didn’t have to make fabric drape and shape and lay perfectly to accomodate them. : )
Post # 16
We spent two days working on it by the time we got the bodice done, but we also got the skirt about half done in that time.
It is a pretty uncomplicated pattern though, and we did a muslin two weeks before so I had the fitting issues worked out before we started.
By the way, that was the SMARTEST things I did in this project. Working with $70/yard silk tafetta made me very nervous, but much more confident after I already figured out how much I needed to shorten the waist and what to do with “the ladies”