(Closed) making your own dress

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Post # 31
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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ThaiL:  OMG! That is so cool, I’m so glad I shared that with you! I wasn’t sure it related exactly but it seemed to be relevant. Little did I know…

Now I’m super excited to see your skirt. 

Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

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ThaiL:  The colours were “champagne” for both the lace and the gown. Darker than ivory, more gold leaning than beige.

 

Oh my gosh, all those tulle colours are going to look so pretty and romantic. Do you have coordinating wedding colours, too?

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ThaiL:  I agree with BalletParker…using different but similar shades of tulle will look so pretty, and your skirt will have a lot of interest and dimension.  Much nicer than all one color of tulle, which could end up looking kind of flat.  You could even use a very light shade of light grey in there too if you’re wanting to add some grey to the dress…or a silvery grey ribbon sash would look nice too, over the pink and ivory lace.  I know this isn’t the style you’re going for, but the color combination is nice:

 Also, maybe you could try using your darkest shade of tulle as the bottom layer, and gradually add lighter shades on top, with ivory being your outermost layer?  That could give a really pretty ombre effect I think, sort of like this photo, only reversed:

Of course you’ll have to play around with the placement of the different layers and colors to see what looks best.  Anyways it’s just a thought; might not work out as well in real life as it does in my head.  🙂

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Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I just want to pipe in a sewing newbie that you ladies are so incredibly talented!! Your dresses are beautiful and I’m in awe of your talent 🙂 Can’t wait to see your finishe dress OP!!

Post # 39
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Busy bee

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ThaiL:  omg! Nice work!! That dress is going to be absolutely stunning when it’s complete!! 

Post # 41
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ThaiL:  This looks so beautiful!!  I love it…it’s gonna look great!!  I know right now you’re probably just playing around with the lace to see what looks best…I really like how you’ve arranged it on the front and sides, so I would probably try to make the back look similar if possible.  I remember you saying that you’re using two different types of lace, which I think is fine since they look like they complement each other nicely.  The thing I learned with lace is that it really has to be strategically cut and placed on the dress so that you don’t see seams.  I had to cut apart hundreds of pieces from my lace fabric (trying to make each one look random in size and shape) and then place each piece on tulle and sew them down by hand.  Luckily you’re doing a tulle skirt, so you won’t have nearly as much area to cover with lace as I did (very smart on your part).  I would also fill in the thigh area with more lace…which you probably just haven’t gotten to yet but I just thought I would mention it.  The two white lines going down the front…are those covering seams or boning?  Or is it just part of the design?  Either way, I actually really like the placement because they will elongate your body and help to break up the lace a bit.  I really like where you’re going with this and I think it’s going to look incredible!!

So when I made mine…I started with the lining, like you did.  I made the bodice and the skirt separately; attaching them to make it into a dress was one of the last things I did.  I also have buttons down the back of my dress, but I didn’t use a zipper.  I HATE sewing zippers and mine always look like a hot mess, so I used those flat hooks and eyes, like you use on skirt waistbands.  Then I used buttons next to the eyes, and elastic loop tape next to the hooks.  The elastic loops fit over the buttons, but the hooks and eyes are what actually holds the dress together.  When I made my skirt, I laid a long piece of extra-wide satin on the floor, then a piece of chiffon over that, and then a piece of tulle over that.  I cut a hole through all three pieces to fit around my legs, and basted the pieces together around the hole.  Then I sewed all my lace pieces to the tulle layer (this took MONTHS), figured out the exact length for the skirt (with my mom’s help; I couldn’t have done this part on my own), trimmed off the excess fabric, sewed all my hems, and added my lace edging to the tulle layer.  I attached the bodice to the skirt and covered the seam with flatback pearls.  The last step was the “beading”…by this point I was way too tired of sewing to do any sew-on beading, but I glued on thousands of flatback pearls all over the dress, and also used tons of hotfix Swarovski crystals to add sparkle.  That was probably the most expensive part; I spent several hundred dollars on the crystals alone.  Once I had figured out what I was doing, it really wasn’t super difficult; just extremely time-consuming.  And I only cried like twice during the whole process!!  The first time my mom came to help me…she looked terrified!!  There were times I thought I wouldn’t get it finished in time, but most days it was fun.  And it’s very rewarding to have a dress that you made yourself.  🙂

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Here are some more photos of mine. ..my phone camera is horrible but I hope this helps at least a little. 

Post # 45
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ThaiL:  Thank you!!  I got mine from Amazon.  I used a mixture of 3 mm, 4 mm, and 6 mm.  To cover the seam where the skirt and bodice are attached, and the edge at the top, I used only 6 mm.  Mine were white, but they also come in ivory (they actually call it “cream”):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BUXG2IA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00

http://www.amazon.com/200pcs-Flatback-Pearl-6mm-Pixiheart/dp/B00BUXHSTW/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=118FZSWESTP61TC900W3

 

 

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