Hi all! This thread is more for my organization than anything, but feel free to post comments or suggestions as I really do appreciate them!
My fiancee and I are planning to get married in August 2012. We've already been engaged for a year and a half and we've got a year and a half more to go. I knew right away I wanted to sew my own wedding dress (more dress for less money!) cause I love sewing, I think it will be more special that way, and we're both in university and will be paying off loans and trying to buy a house, etc etc...so low budget wedding!
This weekend I went to a bridal salon with my bridesmaids to try some things on. My purpose was to decide on a silhouette, maybe fabric, get ideas for details etc, but I put on this one dress (Pronovias 'Alce') and just about DIED, CRIED, and giggled my girly little ass off. It is absolutely, without question, the dress I want. With only very minor changes, it is PERFECT. (the images show it with straps, which we had detached because I didn't like them, and I also had an ivory 1" wide grosgrain ribbon tied just under the bustline- THIS is how it was perfect, so not exactly as the images show)
Downside? try $1760
Upside? I think it looks even better on me than on the skinny model
Yay for curves!
So my mission is to recreate a designer dress. Challenging? Probably. Exciting? Absolutely. Scary? You bet your ass. But I'm doing it. Progress won't start until the end of this semester, but I will update the thread often once I start.
-more noticeable without the straps, but the edge at the neckline and at the back is scalloped, and SO adorable
-the bodice is lace, blending into a light (very fine) tulle skirt
-all seams are barely noticeable, so the silhouette is very smooth
-the skirt begins to flare at the widest point of the hips
-my version will probably not have a train because I hate the way bustled skirts look. it will brush the floor equally in the front and back
-the commercial dress has a built-in bustier with an elasticized back (separate closure from the outer dress) which I will probably recreate because it helps the dress to stay in place and cinches the waist just a tad
-the back closure is a zipper, I may add a row of small buttons as well because they're just bloody awesome and I think they would suit the dress. I won't decide this until the dress is nearly complete though.
To accessorize, I'm thinking a birdcage veil with a simple fascinator. I don't know if it will go well together though, because they only put a regular veil on me at the salon. I will see how I feel about it later. If I don't like the birdcage veil, I'll stick with just the fascinator and no veil at all.
That's it for now.