(Closed) Making my dress? Have I lost my mind?!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I make my own dress or have I lost my mind?
    Go for it! It would be a great wedding story : (46 votes)
    75 %
    No! Put down the scissors and step away from the dressform...this is one DIY to leave to the pros. : (15 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that your dresses are beautiful, and that you should go ahead and try! I’m all about DIY!

    My one big BUT, is that you should get to it and do it very very soon, so that you’ll still have time to at least go out and buy a sample dress, just in case the unthinkable happens and you need a back-up dress!

    Post # 4
    413 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think it would be a great idea as long as you can handle your stress level and still enjoy doing it. I have seen some threads on here where other fellow bees have brought up the topic not sure if they actually went through with it. LOL

    By The Way those dresses you made are FAB. I think it would be more of an extreme idea if you never even touched a sewing machine before. LOL


    Post # 5
    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Holy crap I wish I was talented enough to make a dress like the ones you’ve already made!  I tried to make a pillow once and it was an epic fail!  Anywaaaaay, I think, if you are willing to practice a lot before the finished produc, this isn’t bad idea.  I’d be worried but you’re obviously really good.  And I understand not wanting to spend so much on a dress.  I think I’d start now, and see what happens, that way you’ll have time to order a dress if you don’t like the end result.

    Post # 6
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I say go for it! I think your other dresses look great!

    Post # 7
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I think that is an awesome idea if you have the creative chops for such a task!   My sister is a seamstress and extremely creative as well. I think when the time comes for her, she might consider doing something along those lines… just do it sooner than later incase you are not 100% happy with the result… you can go out and purchase a dress that you like.

    Post # 8
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I just wanted to say that the dress you posted was my original dress inspiration!  I saw that dress and absolutely fell in love with it!  I was too scared to trust someone to make it for me, so I ended up going a different route.

    I think you should go for it!  Like others have said, give yourself a lot of time in case you don’t like the way it turns out, so that you have other options.

    Post # 9
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I voted for you to try it! But I’ll give you a caveat…….. do you have a backup plan? And how crushed would you be if it didn’t turn out like you liked? If you’re willing to be pretty chill about it, you have SOME kind of backup plan, and you have the time… I’d say go for it!! The dresses you made are beautiful and i think it’d be awesome.

    Post # 10
    3252 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    It doesn’t hurt to try it out. It could be very rewarding.

    Post # 11
    555 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Good lord you’re super talented! Definietly make your dress . . . hell wanna make mine?! Wink Those dresses you posted look great and not too far from your inspiration dress, I think you’re gunna do fabulously well. Good luck and make sure to post pictures!

    Post # 13
    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I made mine (and I don’t consider myself to be a great seamstress) and it turned out as well as anything I’ve seen in a magazine.  Go for it 🙂

    Post # 14
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I was going to make my gown, but decided not too because the one I wanted had a ton of bead work, embroidery, and buttons. It would have also cost me more to make it than to just purchase the one that I have now. If you are confident that you can do this and be happy with the results, I say go for it. And good luck. I am making my girls gowns, but they aren’t as intricate.

    Post # 15
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I accidentally voted “No” when I meant “YES!!!”  ::face palm::

    Girl, if I had your skills, I’d make my own dress in a jiffy!  However, I say that should be one of the first things you tackle on your list because you want it to be just right and have time for everything else!

    Best of luck–post pictures as you go, please!

    Post # 16
    57 posts
    Worker bee

    Of COURSE you can do it! Those dresses you made are fabulous! A wedding dress isn’t any harder, it’s just white! Make a trial one out of cheap fabric that drapes like your “real” fabric and you’re good to go – but have a friend to help you with the alterations (and hem). Good luck – if you do it please post it!!! I made my own wedding dress, it was exactly what I wanted. And cheapppp.

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