(Closed) making your own dress

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Post # 61
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Sugar bee

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ThaiL:  the pearls I used were in the 4-5mm range which was very small. I used freshwater pearls because with my dress it worked well to have pearls that were not perfectly round. Also think about what colors you would like. Since your dress is such a stunning shade(s) of blush you can play around with some pinkish pearls, or you could go with ivory. 

This is a lovely pink and they are flat sided so they are easier to sew (pro tip!)

http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/h207324cx

Rice pearls are fairly darn uniform in shape and the almond color would work very well with your dress. They are nice and rich. 

http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/h207886fl

These are more funky:

http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/h204781kx

I ended up picking my pearls by buying a bunch of diffrent strands and then choosing what I wanted in person. They have a great return policy so I sent back what would not work and placed an order for more of the correct pearls. 

I do not see what the big deal is about vow renewal vs “wedding- wedding.” I have always thought, you are in a wedding dress (or whatever), you want me here to be part of your special day- great! Count me in! If you want a long veil wear a long veil. If you want to ride down the isle on a parade float to Abba’s “Dancing Queen” than do it. If someone takes issue with it than they really do not need to be a part of your life. 

Post # 62
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Worker bee

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Ukulele4You: 
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ThaiL:  I will try to post some photos once my dress looks more like an actual dress and not just a pile of satin and tulle, haha. But it’s definitely going to be simpler than your gowns, it will be an A-line with a sweatheart top (currently experimenting with the exact look of it). I want it to look light and romantic, kind of like this:

Funny thing is, except for Fiance nobody around me knows I’m making the dress by myself as I knew people would just freak out and try to convince me against it. So now the wedding’s next month and oficially I still have no dress, lol.

Post # 63
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Sugar bee

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Rugla:  You can finish your dress. Just don’t let yourself become overwelmed! The sleves on the dress are devine. It looks like a modern Regency gown. Are you planning on a veil? Are you planning on the soft blush color? (Sorry for 20 questions, I just LOVE to see what other people are working on.)

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Worker bee

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Ukulele4You:  I love the sleeves too! That’s one of the reasons I decided to make the dress myself, I just couldn’t find anything I liked that would have them. So I’m definitely putting sleeves in. And my blush is a bit darker and more grayish, like this:

FI’s wearing a navy suit and I’m going to have a navy cardigan and shoes. No veil but I might make myself a little flower for my hair with the leftover fabrics. ๐Ÿ™‚

By the way, you’re dress is simply divine! If I had to make a second gown, it would definitely be similar to yours! I love that style and am so impressed with your skills! Great job!

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Post # 65
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Sugar bee

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Rugla:  What you decribed is why I made my second dress. I really wanted sleves (with my family you have to be modest) and could not find one. I fell in love with a dress on a LDS website and I showed it to my Mom and she said it would make me look like a nurse… so after that I decided to make one. The slightly greyish tone will look sharp with a navy suit. The idea of the flower sound romantic and whimsical. You could even make a bouquet using handmade flowers and work in a few to match the dress. 

Post # 67
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Worker bee

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Ukulele4You:  What a great idea for the bouquet, love it! I will definitely consider it if I still have time to make the flowers.

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ThaiL:  Yaaay! Blush is the new white! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 68
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Ukulele4You:  This is gorgeous!!  I love the color and the designs you did with the beading.  And it looks very light and comfortable.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Great job!!

Post # 69
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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ThaiL:  This is looking so pretty…now that you’ve added more lace it’s really starting to look like a wedding gown!!  And I love your veil inspiration photos…I made my veil also.  Mine is also an oval, cathedral length, with a blusher (so the comb is placed about 30″ from the front edge, and the tulle is gathered a little bit in the middle, where the comb is attached).  I used lace edging on mine, but only on the part that will drag behind my train, not all the way around.  And I agree with Ukulele4You…you should wear whatever kind of veil you want to wear!!  If you think you would miss it if you didn’t, I say do it so you don’t have any regrets!!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 70
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Rugla:  That is beautiful!!  I love light, flowy, airy gowns like that (even though mine is the polar opposite).  You’ll manage to get it done in time…I thought I wouldn’t have time to finish mine either, but I managed, and even have some time to spare!!  That dress would look beautiful with a matching hair flower…great idea!!  I can’t wait to see photos!

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Post # 71
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

ThaiL:  first time i’ve shown these to anyone. I hope they dont come out huge, i’m uploading them from my phone. Anyway, thats where i’m at. I’m thinking of adding a crazy long veil, as i decided not to go with a train. And then i can remove it for the reception. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 73
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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ThaiL:  thank you… I’m getting married at a brewrY. And in SA it’ll be in the middle of winter, so i’m going to have a shawl for after the wedding. I’m still deciding about adding more flowers, i’m not sure? Plunging neckline was a must, i never really show of my body and i have long sleeves so i wanted to add a bit of sexiness to it? Do you think its too lOw? I dont really have a colour scheme, my decor is just millions of lanterns and candles in neutral and metaluc colours. My inspiration was i just wanted sparkles, but always wanted a bigger swooshy skirt, so i made a mix of that. The pearls i got from my local fabric store, i’m a regular and they were so helpfu! I’m An alternative bride and everyone is expecting me to have a black dress, meh! And i just want to feel bridey, but i’m stoked it came out well, and i guess i’m even more stoked to surprise my guests. 

Post # 75
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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ThaiL:  thank you. I just need to shorten the sash so i can wrap it once, twice is way too chunky. Yay diy brides. Cannot wait to see how your dress progresses! x

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