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« on: October 13, 2015 10:18:33 AM »



I am incredibly proud of this project. Together with my mom and my best friend, we sewed a gorgeous wedding dress for said best friend's little sister, who has been like a sister to me for most of my life. It was a wonderful, stressful, fun, and did I mention extremely stressful project. It came out great, but there were many challenges along the way.

We used Simplicity 1606 as our base pattern, although it ended up with many, many alterations. We were originally going to sew view C, which has a lace overdress, but it never looked better than frumpy, so we eventually, with much cussing canned it. We ended up with a modified version of view B, and it was sleek, elegant and fabulous. We also sewed a red party dress version of view B for the bride to wear to the rehearsal, which she loved.



I learned so many new techniques for this project. But really, the same thing applies here as everywhere: Always, always PTSOOI (aka Pin The Shit Out Of It). Preparation is key. We took to calling this the 'iceberg' dress, because you can only see about 10% of the effort on the surface. Each seam was pressed, pinned, sewed, confirmed, pressed again, and hand stiched down. The linings were all hand tacked up so that they would hang right.

We finished the dress 3 days before the wedding (of course we did. that plan to finish a month ahead, what were we even thinking?). And even so, there was still a little sewing to do the day of, when the button loop stretched as I buttoned the bride in! Just had to tack the top closed. By the time I took it out after dinner, the loop seamed to have gotten the message and behaved itself.



Many more details and pictures on my blog! http://sarasewing.blogspot.com/2015/10/sewing-wedding-dress.html

If anyone is thinking about sewing a wedding dress, feel free to ask me questions! I've only really touched the surface here.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2015 02:28:00 PM »

well done. It turned out beautifully
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015 10:48:41 AM »

Very impressive!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2015 08:27:49 AM »

Very nice job
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015 09:17:37 AM »

Wow, great job on such a huge undertaking!
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2015 04:21:22 PM »

Oh I have a million questions lol. I love this. It's so beautiful. I want to sew my own wedding dress but I don't know if I'm capable. I've done alterations before, and made veeeery basic things like skirts with an elastic band.

I am very plus sized--size 24 on the bottom, size 20 on the top. I have a very small chest lol. I want to make a wedding dress that's very tulle-y and very airy and dreamy, maybe with sleeves, I don't know yet. Definitely empire waisted and a sweetheart neckline, and an low-ish back. Do you have like tons of experience creating stuff from scratch? I just don't know if I have high enough skill lol
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2015 09:58:15 PM »

Thanks to everyone who has commented! Cheesy

Ezhowell, sorry I just saw your questions! I wasn't getting notifications on this post for some reason. Good luck with your project! I think with your stated experience you should be able to sew a dress. Tulle can be a great fabric to work with! I haven't used it for many things, but I've definitely enjoyed it. I would take a couple days searching around pinterest and patternreview.com for styles and patterns you like, and keep in mind that any pattern you like can become a wedding dress (even a shirt pattern, just need to lengthen it!). Look for a pattern on patternreview that has good reviews and is rated as having good directions. I haven't designed many patterns from scratch (a couple skirts, etc), but I have done a fair amount of alteration of a standard pattern. I really like the Simplicity Perfect Fit line of patterns, because they give a lot of fitting advice (I'm not sure if they have any empire waists though). My biggest advice is to take the time to make a muslin (or two, or three) so that when you make the final dress you feel comfortable with the pattern and know where all the hard parts are. The dress you are describing sounds lovely! Also, getting a friend to sew with you can help a lot for motivation Smiley

Good luck! Please let me know if I can give more advice/help on a particular topic. I'd love to see what you do Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2016 07:46:16 PM »

Wow what a feat! I'm working on this task myself. It looks absolutely beautiful.
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2016 09:53:53 PM »

ezhowell, good luck! and thank you, hope your project goes wonderfully! (or went well, since i'm terrible at replying in a timely fashion!)
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