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Topic: Holy Schmidt I Made a Wedding Dress (pic rotund)  (Read 30235 times)
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« on: March 23, 2010 08:41:51 AM »

Holy Schmidt I'm a featured project!!!!  Shocked
Would you believe this was my first ever Hot Topic?
Thanks everyone.


I am getting married in June. We just bought a house so the wedding will be low key and pretty much all DIY.

Several months ago a couple girlfriends and I had a couple margaritas (each) and went to the Alfred Angelo store to try on dresses. As you will be able to tell from the pics I am curvy. I have pretty broad shoulders a narrowish waist and a big ass. At the store nothing fit right and the only dress that came close was $1200. And really what I liked about that dress was that it was a simple satin. I dont want crinoline or itchy lace or beading that scrapes your arms or a dress that looks anything like a cupcake.

I should also mention that I am really only an intermediate sewer (if that). I can sew a mean apron and potholders but generally I dont sew garments from scratch.

I want my dress to feel like a classy 40s movie star and be comfortable and make me feel pretty. Is that too much to ask? Apparently no.

I found this Vogue pattern # V8358 and was enticed by the label very easy.

And while it was very easy it came out looking like this:
Yuck


The torso was too long as were the straps, and where it fell just wasnt flattering on my curves. I was going to chuck it, but I decided to experiment. And this is what I came up with.





note the big ass (beautiful but big)


I am really very pleased. And it feels so light and airy on. I will probably get those Spanks things just to smooth some stuff out Wink but I do feel pretty in it.

I need to hem it but I will wait till my mom comes to do that (mostly because she will know how). Anyway let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.
Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010 08:46:13 AM »

Look at you!!  I love the dress.  The modifications came out great!  And if you feel pretty then it's absolutely perfect!

Congratulations!  You look great!
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010 08:48:25 AM »

It turned out gorgeous in the end and you look great in it. I'm sure you could find a dress like that for about $1000 or more from someplace specializing in wedding dresses so awesome job!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010 08:55:32 AM »

That looks fabulous on you!

And congratulations, too.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010 09:05:07 AM »

Beautiful! Being a bigger girl myself (not so much curvy though, it's very unfair!) I'm seriously considering sewing my own dress, so it's always a relief to see another non-seamstress do such a wonderful job! 
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2010 09:10:16 AM »

good for you for altering that nasty pattern to your beautiful dress! When I got married four years ago, my mom made my dress too - and she had to alter the crap out of it - I'm swaybacked, pear shaped, and short. You look beautiful in that dress - and the simplicity of it suits you!
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2010 09:28:43 AM »

Absolutely beautiful!!!! The dress, and you!!! I agree with ShannonMB, if you feel pretty, then it's perfect! Congratulations!
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2010 10:17:08 AM »

Absolutely stunning! You did an amazing job & it's soo elegant!
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2010 10:27:46 AM »

Wow. Thank you everyone for your encouragement. I work really hard on having a positive body image and that has been especially difficult while wedding dress shopping.

Your kind words are really appreciated. I would kiss you all if I could.
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2010 10:33:13 AM »

Its beautiful Smiley  I really like how your changed the pattern Smiley
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