(Closed) Make my own dress, custom made or buy it?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which way do I go?
    Buy the dress when I go dress shopping with mom : (14 votes)
    37 %
    Have it custom made (do you know someone who could do this because I don't :( ) : (18 votes)
    47 %
    Let Grandma help : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Other (please explain) : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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.

    Post # 5
    2273 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
    645 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
    7777 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper


    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 # 12
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @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
    513 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    7777 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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.

    Post # 15
    2084 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

    Have you looked at vintage dresses at all? I think it wouldn’t be hard to find a dress with the lace and sleeves you want, and you could easily have it shortened if you can’t find a knee-length dress that you like.

    I don’t know your size, but here are some 50’s wedding dresses with similar sleeves as your third picture:








    Post # 16
    869 posts
    Busy bee

    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)?

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