Post # 1
I’ve been looking everywhere for vintage style bridesmaid dresses and am having alot of trouble finding anything budget friendly in fall colors that would work with my bridesmaid’s various body types. So now I’m considering sewing them. Some of my friends and family think i’ve gone off the deep end and are ready to have me committed. I’m already going to cut a woodblock and press all the invitations and am canning 150 jams as favors and making all the decorations/floral. I’ve been sewing clothes since i was about ten… so going on 20years now, but I’ve never fitted one on anybody but myself. Has anyone ever done this? Did it turn out ok? Is this a completely ridiculous notion?
P.S.- thinking of using this pattern: Butterick B5708 (rated easy)
Post # 3
If you’re an experienced sewer and give yourself enough time, it should be fine. the way that pattern is made it seems pretty easy to fit
Post # 4
What is your budget for Bridesmaid or Best Man dress?
I think other people just think that you are trying to fit too much DIY when it is just you. You just need to take a serious look at if you can get all of this done without stressing yourself out and not really enjoying getting married. (I’m getting this attitude too about crocheting all of the flowers for my wedding even though it’s more than two years away… people.. lol)
Post # 5
I would only do this if:
1. The bridesmaids fell into the pattern sizing – ie, no plus sizes!
2. You make a muslin prior to sewing the actual dress.
Two of my bridesmaids sewed their own dresses, and it turned out great! My mom also made the flower girl dress and her own dress, and I made my petticoat and veil.
ETA: I wish I could have done the canning as favors! But by the time I thought about it, I had run out of time!! Your wedding sounds like it will be awesome!
Post # 6
I would only do it if none of the BMs are over a B or C cup. Fitting a bust is the biggest pain in the you know what. I’ve had to completely re-draft patterns to get them to fit correctly through the bust, and it’s a nightmare!
Post # 7
I would just be super careful with sizing. As a fellow sewer, i know that pattern sizes are a bit… wonky sometimes. Either they are way off from traditional sizes or the measurements don’t always come out right. But as a felow DIYer I say go for it! I am sewing all my flower girl dresses and a dress for my jr bridesmaid as well as making my own ring bear pillow (yes that’s bear, not bearer. My nephew misheard and now thinks he is going to be a bear). Just give yourself plenty of time and try and find a pattern that is pretty but still kind of simple. Oh and since I had like a year, I made a mock of the flower girl dress with some extra fabric I had just to make sure the pattern was doable and there weren’t issues, so I didn’t make mistakes on the expensive dress fabric. Since you are doing so many projects this may not be an option, but it really helped me!
Post # 8
Thanks for the advice y’all !!!
I think I’m gonna give it a shot. Two of my girls are more or less my size (just one is taller and one is shorter), but my third girl is plus size which I’ve never sewed for before and makes me nervous especially with @pharmy comment about the difficulty of fitting a larger bust. I’ve got 9 months though so if it doesn’t work out we can always buy something i guess 🙂
@CrochetLulu I love that your nephew thinks he’s gonna be a bear!!!
Post # 9
I would do it, and have thought about it too, so no I don’t think you’re crazy! 🙂 Do any of the other BM’s sew as well? Maybe you could team up with someone to help you out. Or you could always take the pattern to a seamstress and have her price it out how much it would cost.
Post # 10
I hope you dont think i am thread-jacking, but this is just to show you it IS worth doing, i began making my bridesmaid dresses yesterday, and although far from finished…..i have got this far already in just one day.
My wedding is also Vintage, and this dress was so easy to get to this point, i cant even tell you. I still have another half days work on it yet but its been quicker than i thought it would be.. its made from non-shiney taffeta which is really nice feeling and has that all-important taffeta rustle, LOL, and lined with thai silk. so i chose pretty decent fabric, and they will cost me approximately £40-45 each to make. I am sure fabric could have been bought cheaper if i had chosen polyester taffeta though. I am undecided yet wether to add a layer of tulle to the outside of the skirt. and yet to decide if i want it to remain ballerina length or knee length.. there is no need for an underskirt either as the taffeta holds out pretty well with the skirt having box pleats. I bought all the netting etc to make a net underskit but it doesnt really need it so i am not going to bother.
I would definately say go for it, just buy enough fabric to do just one of them, and see how itgoes and if you find it easy……then go get the rest. and if you hate doing it then you only wasted one lot of fabric.
Post # 11
We made mine too. We based them off of Vintage Vogue V2962.
And modified them to be convertible dresses.
To me, it was worth it. The dresses only cost my girl $50 in materials and they were custom made for them, so no alterations. Plus, we all got to make them exactly what we wanted. Yes, it was a lot of time and energy but I think that as long as you start with enough time to spare, you’ll be fine.
Post # 12
@zippylef……i LOVE those dresses, and the red petticoats look amazing….
Post # 13
You girls are all so talented!! 🙂 That’s all.
Post # 14
@Crystal09: These look like they’re coming out great!
@zippylef: Love these- great job!