(Closed) making your own dress

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ThaiL:  I did it! !  I started about a year and a half ago and I just finished it last week.  My wedding is on the 19th, so I cut it close! !  But the design was pretty complex,  so I’m glad I started so early.  I’ll admit there were times I wondered if that was the right way to do it,  but it worked out well for me in the end. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it came out! !  Sorry for the bad lighting but here it is:

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ThaiL:  Thanks!!  I’ve actually made a few small changes since I took these photos, and I’m even happier with it now.  I just haven’t taken any new photos since then.  I thought the straps were a little too wide at the top, so I narrowed them a bit and it looks much better.  I have made a lot of things before, but had never taken on a project as big as a wedding dress.  I actually used to make figure skating costumes, so I was very experienced in working with stretch fabrics, but the fabrics I used to make my wedding dress had no stretch at all, so that took some getting used to.  Also, working with lace was new to me and took way longer than I had ever realized it would.  I appliqued every piece onto tulle by hand.  Getting the perfect fit took a really long time, and I actually had to make the bodice three different times before it was just right!!  It probably wasn’t much of a money saver to make my own dress…I still spent quite a bit but at least I have exactly what I wanted.  If I had known before I bought my fabric, I would have bought something with a slight stretch to it.  I ended up cutting the bodice pieces on the bias and that seemed to work better. I also didn’t want any seams in the skirt because of the multiple sheer layers, so I had to find extra wide fabric so that I could make a circle skirt.  Finding that was harder than I thought it would be.

What shape are you going for?  Is your dress a simple design or more complex?  If you need any help or ideas, feel free to PM me anytime!!  There’s a lot that I learned from experience, that would have been nice to know before I started this project!!  I’ll also be happy to share more photos after my wedding in a few weeks!  Best of luck with your project; it sounds like you have a great start!!  🙂

 

 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ThaiL:  Oh wow, even your muslin is super gorgeous!!  And that first inspiration photo you posted is to DIE for!!!!!  They are all very beautiful, but that’s my favorite by far.  Are you planning to do a big fluffy tulle skirt like that one?  If so, the shape of the underlayer of the skirt probably doesn’t matter SO much…you could just make a circle skirt out of satin or whatever you’re using for your pink fabric, and then make the points with the tulle.  That’s how I would do it if it were me.  Whatever you do, I’m sure it will be amazing!!!  🙂

 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Once in a while, I have a good idea 

I think our tastes are probably very similar…I had thought about making a detachable train too, because I really like long trains, but I couldn’t figure out a good way to not make it super obvious that it was detachable.  I wanted it to still look like it was part of the dress…but then magically disappear after the ceremony!!  I ended up deciding against it and just made my train pretty long (but not as long as I was originally thinking), and then fought with it to make the bustle work.  I finally figured it out, but that was one of the hardest parts!!  Long trains are really hard to bustle.

Anyway, I think it could work with your dress because of all the tulle.  For mine it didn’t,but it has a layer of satin, then a layer of chiffon, then a single layer of super-fine tulle with all the lace pieces appliqued onto it.  I would probably try to make lots of tulle layers in different lengths (kind of like your third pic), and have the train attach at the knee to your pink layer, underneath all the tulle, with buttons or something.  Having a lot of tulle layers would help to disguise the fact that it’s detachable.  And it might be a little heavy, but if it’s detachable at least you won’t be wearing it for that long…

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Do you know who makes your third inspiration dress? I could only find it on replica sites.

 

And, congrats to both of you- you are so talented!

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Worker bee
Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Are you opposed to having straps on the dress? I used to use that nude mesh stuff all the time when I made skating costumes, but skaters are always viewed at a distance so it’s not as noticeable.  It can be tricky; you have to find a perfect match to your skin tone, but even then…it doesn’t look like skin.  Seams are always visible, but you might be able to disguise them somewhat, depending on where you put your lace.  It looks good from a distance, but up close people will definitely know it’s there.  My advice would be to do straps…kind of like this??  That way you’ll have the support and the open back, and it won’t look like you’re trying to fool anyone with the nude mesh.  Just my opinion though.  🙂open back

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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shelbypoo:  wow! You did a great job!!

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