(Closed) Going to start sewing my dress this weekend! (Pic heavy)

posted 6 years ago in DIY
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@moonadea: the fabric is beautiful! cant wait to see what you come up with. 🙂 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I hope you share your progress with us!  It’s going to be stunning!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

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
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Buzzing bee
  • 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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

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 # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Its gonna look so beautiful!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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 # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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”

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