(Closed) Sewing my own dress! Are you?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Making your own Wedding Dress?
    YES! No one eles could do it justice! : (9 votes)
    28 %
    No, but someone dear to me is making it for me! : (1 votes)
    3 %
    No, but I designed it and I am having it made by an industry professional! : (5 votes)
    16 %
    No, Shopping with your girlfriends for the perfect dress is one of the most important parts! : (14 votes)
    44 %
    Are you Kidding? I've had that Vera Wang picked out since I was 12! : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    36 posts
    Newbee

    I’m making my own dress.  I’ve mocked up the pattern and am in the process of filling the muslin.  I tried on a 3600$ dress and loved it, but refuse to pay that much.

    I have the fabric, netting, boning, buttons, lining, everthing to do the dress including an internal corset and it cost 170$.  It is very time consuming as I am doing everything end to end with a lot of hand sewing, but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Post # 4
    Member
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I wish I had the skills to sew my own wedding dress. I had sewing lessons when I was young. for some reason, as I got older, the more sewing machines hate me.  I almost always break them. 🙁

    My mom made her own dress!  It was always a bragging point for me growing up.  

    Really cute choice, by the way!

    Post # 5
    Member
    25 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I had always dreamed of having my mother make my dress.  When I got engaged last fall we decided to hit a bridal shop to get an idea of a style I would a.) like, and b.) look good in.  I had looked at the pattern books at a coupld local fabric stores but didn’t see anything I was convinced would be my dress. 

     So, we went to the bridal shop and tried on a few dress.  I can’t say I had a dress moment with my dress, but there was one that was simple and elegant, for quite a bit less than I had imagine a dress would cost.  My mother and I both talked it over and decided it would be cheaper to buy the dress at that sort of cost.  So, based on that I made my decision to buy vs. have my mother make it for me. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    36 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I was going to make my own, then I got one for a great price at a bridal shop that was going out of business, now we’ve changed locations and it’s too formal. So, it’s for sale and I’m back to the drawing board.

    I will either make a dress similar to that pattern or I’ll buy a bridesmaid dress in ivory.

    Post # 7
    Member
    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Wow, what a challenge! I wish I could make my own!

    Post # 9
    Member
    36 posts
    Newbee

    @sansSerif  I haven’t taken any pictures…never thought to.  I spent the afternoon playing with the neckline.  One’s I’ve settled I will take a pic. 

    It’s interesting how few people appreciate a corset, most people llook at me like I’m crazy when I say I’m building in a corset.  Nothing better to push up the ladies and such in the waist!

    Post # 10
    Member
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @sanserif — I have that pattern!!  I bought it to make a Black cocktail dress.  I did "b"  and I love it!!  Great choice!

     

    For the poll I choose "designing but having a designer make it for me"  If I trusted myself to make my wedding dress, I would make it myself, but I think it’s just too stressful of a task for me to take underway.  So I’m having someone from Etsy make my dream dress! 

    Post # 11
    Member
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m making mine too!  I am (gulp) making my own pattern.  I majored in costume design, so I think I can handle it but somedays I think I must be insane!  I’m still in the mock-up phase.

     

    Post # 13
    Member
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @SanSerif  There’s no shame in commercial patterns!  I’ve certainly wished for one at times.  My diy guilt is that I’m basing my dress off a picture of a vintage dress and not using an original design.  I totally would have expected myself to be the working other way around (designing the dress and altering a commercial pattern).

    Post # 14
    Member
    36 posts
    Newbee

    @sansserif  There certainly is no shame in a commercial pattern.  It will give you easy guidelines without starting from scratch.  Cut the pattern in muslin and give yourself 2 inch margins on all sides, then trace in the original cutting lines.  From there you can fit it to you until your heart is content.

    I choose to make my own because I know how to and choose to spend the time to do it (this is hugely time consuming), not because it makes me better than a commercial pattern. 

    Give yourself credit for what you are doing, don’t diminish your talent and effort by saying that you are copping out.

    Post # 15
    Member
    1022 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @sanserif – I also had to make a few changes to accomodate "the girls" but it wasn’t too difficult.  I just added about 1 extra inch on the top of the pieces.  Piece of pie. 🙂

    Post # 16
    Member
    48 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2009

     I always dreamed of having my dress made for me, but that was out of my budget so I went mass market….maybe I’ll try to make my rehearsal dinner dress.

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