(Closed) Never sewn a dress before – can i make my wedding dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
421 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I would say no, don’t try to make your own.  Maybe you could find a local seamstress who could make it for much less than retail.

Post # 4
1007 posts
Bumble bee

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Post # 5
13888 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you can’t dedicate a lot of time to this and you have no experience sewing, then having your wedding dress be your first project sounds like a terrible idea.

Post # 6
5155 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I do not recommend your wedding dress be your first sewing experience. DEFINITELY NOT YOUR FIRST PATTERN MAKING! You can’t make a pattern before even knowing sewing and pattern basics. I don’t know many people who don’t have tons of experience sewing with patterns before they start even attempting their own patterns.

And it will take a lot of time because it IS your first sewing experience. Anyone who remembers their first sewing project of a simple skirt or pillowcase can tell you this.

The dress may look simple, but that does not equate to being simple to pattern or sew. It it very fitted, requires experience with clean seam lines, as well as scalloping edges and buttons now. 

I think you are greatly underestimating the work and difficulty involved precisely due to your lack of experience. I’d save up the money for an experienced seamstress to make that dress.

Post # 7
1682 posts
Bumble bee

That dress you showed us will show ever mistake or lack of symmetry. The reason they are so expensive yet so simple is because you have to be skilled to make the fabric lay so nice without any beading lace or design to camouflage. Please don’t do this to yourself.

Post # 11
1980 posts
Buzzing bee

I think you should take a step back, breathe, and research. Research seamstresses, research the process, research pre-owned dresses, research fabrics and pattern making and more. I think you will see very quickly that your “simple” dress requires an immense amount of expertise and time.

There’s a good lesson: You can have something done well, have something quickly, or have something cheaply. You can only pick two.

Post # 13
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Can you? Sure. Should you? No.

Look, that dress looks wonderfully simple right? But its simplicity means that even one miniscule error will be glaringly obvious and throw the whole silhouette off. 


Post # 14
1699 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

If you don’t already sew, now is definitely not the time to start! That dress may look simple, but it is definitely not simple to make. If you love those silhouettes, why don’t you try a similar dress on then if you still love it on, consider a custom made gown or alterations with a good seamstress. 

Post # 15
1183 posts
Bumble bee

Sounds like a daft post but I’ll reply like it’s real. 

No. Formal wear and bridal gowns require a whole new level of skill. I’m a reasonably good (but slow) dressmaker but I didn’t even consider doing the alterations on my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses because whilst it would probably have been good, it wasn’t worth the risk. 

Just get it done custom or buy a sinilar dress at outlet and get it custom altered. 

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