(Closed) Sewing my own dress! Are you?

posted 12 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Making your own Wedding Dress?

    YES! No one eles could do it justice!

    No, but someone dear to me is making it for me!

    No, but I designed it and I am having it made by an industry professional!

    No, Shopping with your girlfriends for the perfect dress is one of the most important parts!

    Are you Kidding? I've had that Vera Wang picked out since I was 12!

  • Post # 3
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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