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calista
« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2009 09:30:36 AM »

That came out beautifully! Wonderful job!

You don't have to answer this if you don't feel comfortable but I was thinking of making my own wedding dress and wanted to know how much you spent total to make yours..  

I think the cost largely depends on what kind of fabric you choose. My choice was SILK taffeta from the beginning. (Yes, I'm a fabric snob, when it comes to make a clothes myself.. I can't resist the beautiful deep and luxurious sheen that the silk fabric ooze out..Cheesy) Usually those medium weight silk taffeta costs about $25 per yard (54"w) from designer fabric stores in NYC. So I budgeted about $350 for the outer silk fabric.
And I estimated $100 for the SILK organza interlining, polyester lining, and other miscellaneous notions and trims.
So initially, I budgeted $450 for the material only. (thinking that the result would be like $5,000 dress. LOL)

However, very lucky of me, my friend who is in the high-end wedding dress industry gifted me 15yds of silk taffeta of the highest quality and 12yds of silk organza.
I end up only buying materials for the lining, petticoat, built-in bustier, and etc.
So I spent only about $50~60 on that dress.

Anyway, if you don't insist using silk taffeta like me Roll Eyes, the cost can be much lowered than $450.

Some people may say, "why would you make one if it costs that much? There are may dresses cheaper than that."
Well, how can you compare, right? It's made only for me, patterned exactly reflecting my body shape (32D of me), and exactly in the design I want in 100% SILK! Cheesy

Good luck with your dress, too!

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« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2009 01:44:35 PM »

Absolutely beautiful, and you would never know it wasn't professionally made!
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« Reply #32 on: June 21, 2009 07:28:05 PM »

Congratulations!
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« Reply #33 on: June 25, 2009 03:59:43 PM »

So gorgeous and so worth your time!  This is beyond fabulous.  I wish I was sewing when I got married so that I could have made my own dress also.  Hopefully you will have a girl who can grow up and wear the dress that her mom made.  Smiley

So true. Great job.
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« Reply #34 on: June 25, 2009 07:05:56 PM »

Props! I can't believe you MADE that gorgeous dress! Oh, and congratulations!
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« Reply #35 on: June 25, 2009 08:04:06 PM »

Your dress is absolutely beautiful. You did an amazing job. Your friend probably wants to hire you at her company now!
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« Reply #36 on: June 26, 2009 03:09:59 PM »

WOW! Beautiful  Grin
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« Reply #37 on: July 10, 2009 08:30:57 PM »

Congrats on an awesome job! You really pulled it off! You are so lucky to have a friend working in the Bridal Biz! Did she help you with any fittings? construction tips? You really could make some money. If you really want to get into this field, call local Bridal shops as an alterations assistant. The right shop owner will take you and train you. Then , when you know enough, you can start making $1000 for a custom silk Gown. They start at about $3000.00 for any thing silk. K
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« Reply #38 on: July 18, 2009 10:49:52 AM »

Simply wonderful
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calista
« Reply #39 on: July 23, 2009 06:58:18 PM »

Thank you all for wonderful comments  Cheesy

Congrats on an awesome job! You really pulled it off! You are so lucky to have a friend working in the Bridal Biz! Did she help you with any fittings? construction tips? You really could make some money. If you really want to get into this field, call local Bridal shops as an alterations assistant. The right shop owner will take you and train you. Then , when you know enough, you can start making $1000 for a custom silk Gown. They start at about $3000.00 for any thing silk. K

My friend didn't have a time to help me, but she gave me lots of helpful tips on using proper interlining, bonings, and etc. My mom and my sister helped me doing the fitting. Both of them have good sewing skills and helped me out a lot.
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