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So I’ve got approximately 345 days left until our wedding. I know, that’s a long time right? It is, but not if you might be making your own dress.
But here’s the thing… I’ve never sewn a wedding dress before! I’ve never even sewn a regular dress before, the most I’ve done is sew a few pillows in home ec about 10 years ago.
But my Grandma made my moms wedding dress. It was pretty old fashioned and all but I figure the rules still apply right? It’s still the same kind of fabric to work with right? So I was considering having my Grandma help me make my wedding dress.
The reason I’ve considered making my dress as opposed to buying one, really is because the idea I have I can’t find. I’m a pretty crafty person and pick up on how to do things really quickly, I love all things arts and all things crafts 🙂 so naturally I have this idea in my head of how I want my dress to be. I can see it in my mind and it’s just stuck there.
I can’t show you in my mind so I will put some pictures up of the dresses that helped shape the idea in my head…
Now I love this dress and almost everything about it BUT I don’t like myself in strapless, I have hideous armpits. I also don’t want to show much cleavage but I do like my neck and collar bone so I’m looking for a lace off the shoulder top. But the skirt of the first one, and the details and color are beautiful.
But then I like these tops
But I can’t find that kind of bottom with that kind of top.
Anyone seen anything similar to what I’m describing or know someone who could make it? Or should I just try and make it with my Grandma and make good memories in the process? Mom wants to take me dress shopping and I will probably go, but doubt I will see what I’m looking for. Thanks for any advice or info!
Post # 3
All the dresses you’ve shown look like they’d be quite difficult for someone with no dressmaking experience. Plus, they take a LOT of time to actually mock up and fix the pattern and make.
If you have the money, you could probably get one custom made. You can either take a few designs to a local seamstress or send some pictures to a bridal dressmaker overseas which would be cheaper but harder to organise.
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It is possible to send 2 pictures to a replica company ie dressilyme has a good rep as does Jasmine’s Bridal and tell them what you want and they can give you a quote. A lot of bees have had a lot of luck with these 2 companies 🙂 it may be an idea…
Post # 6
Making your own wedding dress seems like an extrememly difficult task. So I would immediately eliminate that option. I was super close to going the custom route. I had my prom dresses made by a seamstress so I was always considering using one if I didnt find anythign i liked.
I would suggest going to try some one with the intent to get a custom design done. So you can fuse all the ideas you like into one. Unless you find something that totally blows you away then you have your answer.
ETA: the reason i suggested shopping first is because things look nice in pictures but thats always not the case in real life. so before you commit to a style witout putting it on it is important to be certain
Post # 7
I reckon a wedding dress is not the right place to start with sewing projects! If you buy a dress, when you have it altered a good seamstress can add straps and sleeves which will look like a part of the dress itself, so that might be worth considering.
Post # 8
i think you should go try some on before you decide to buy or make it… i was surprised when i tried on strapeless. i dont like strapeless myself – also dont like my armpits or shoulders … but for whatever reason, i loved it in the wedding dress.
Post # 9
I’d suggest going gown shopping a couple times at a few different places to see if a gown similar to what you have in mind exists. If it doesn’t, have it custom made for you, you’ve got time for a professional to excute it for you.
I’ve sewn a few garments and wouldn’t try sewing my own gown. Bridal fabrics are tricky to work with. You don’t want to risk ending up with an expensive wreck and having to buy something off the rack at the last minute that’s nothing like you’d like.
Post # 10
Thats my suggestion. They have a really good reputation and have ready-to-wear and do custom designs.
I sew and have for a long time and I never even considered making my own dress. Too much room for error.
Post # 11
I looked at all the sites and definately will keep them in mind. My only worry is with it being custom made, I wont be able to see how it looks until after I’ve already paid for it online, and as for seeing it on before buying it, well we all know that’s not possible. but the Dolly Couture, I had no idea a site like that even existed, in all short and vintage styles? LOVE LOVE LOVE the site! Beautiful dresses. Just still haven’t found the one I’ve been looking for.
But I’ll go dress shopping with mom, but when are you supposed to do that? I still have almost a year until the day. I don’t feel too comfortable buying a dress now knowing I could gain or lose weight within the year and it wont fit. So I’ll go try them on, see if I can find one I like or even help me get better ideas on how to have the one I do want made.
No votes on making the dress myself lol. I have to admit though, the idea is still in the back of my head. If I can’t find a dress I like in the stores and can’t get something I want custom made, I might just go for the DIY wedding dress lol. But now instead of it being my number one option in dress, it’s my fall back plan I guess lol.
I still think it would have been fun, but I have a $40 sewing machine, and like I sais no sewing experience so yeah you’re right, I should try a different option 🙂
Post # 12
@pinkgreenandyellow: I don’t know what it’s like in the US, but in the UK tons of brides buy their dresses a year before the date and just have the alterations done nearer to the time. Considering they take around 6 months to order in, it’s not something you want to be doing last minute!
Post # 13
Here is my Dress desinger who also make a range of Vintage style dresses I thought that this one might be of interest as it comes with a Jacket too!!
here is a new one they are introducing too called Kim
Post # 14
You could also contact http://whirlingturban.com/ if you want an option besides Dolly Couture. I actually contacted them about making me a dress before I found the one I bought.
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While I think it’s adorable to have your Grandma help you make your dress, I think it’s too risky, and you may set yourself up for disaster… If things don’t turn out how you envisioned, (if you’re anything like me) you’ll feel guily about giving up on the dress making because your Grandma has helped you. And, you’ll be out the $ you put into the project. I think either purchasing a dress or having it custom made would be better. Maybe you could get your Grandma to help you make a veil? (Or something less complex)?