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« on: March 23, 2006 05:04:58 PM »

Hey all.  So I have a question for all the bigger girls in this forum.  I'm getting married in October and I'm having a horrible time trying to find a gown that will fit me on my budget.  There is a seamstress in my hubby-to-be's hometown (where the wedding will be held) that I was going to have make a dress for me, but none of the pattern companies make a dress I like in my size.  And I've fallen in love with several only to find they didn't come in my size.  So has anyone made a plus size wedding dress or had one made for you and where did you find the pattern?  (I can give my measurements at another time if that would be helpful)  Thanks gals!
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006 05:48:05 PM »

Congrats on your wedding!
I got married last July and I am not tiny LOL
I went to a clearance rack at a bridal shop in our city and looked for something that caught my eye!
It turned out the only one that I "kinda" liked was a size 6 hmmm only 12 sizes to small....
So I made the back into a corset and added some panels to the back to make it fit... I also changed the sleeves and added more beading...
heres a pic... (if it works...)

Sorry its kinda big...
Anyways... I do not have a before pic right now, but it was a size 6, and I am a 18 in street clothes...
I just hope that it will be resellable when I get around to cleaning it etc, seeing it has been altered etc.

I think the best thing to do is look at styles you like, then go to dress shops see if they have a similar style and work from there,
Or you can get it made, just that tends to end up costing ALOT more, then buying and altering a previously not wearable dress...
If you need help with anything let me know I would love to help you out!!
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006 07:16:46 PM »

Hey!! great job with the dress! it looks AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006 10:54:07 PM »

You don't look a size 18. I'm a size 18 and no way I look so gorgeous!! Smiley Gah I have such body issues lol
What a beautiful job you did. I am totally inspired to do the same if my fiance and I ever actually get married...
I think I live in the movie "A Long Engagement" sometimes hehe
Beautiful.
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2006 11:17:44 PM »

I have to second JennyBeanie's suggestion.  I found a dress at a $99 dollar sale at David's Bridal.  Even though I bought it from a store, it still needed to be altered (it fit in the chest, but too big everywhere else).

Good luck and remember that all the pattern books have a Special Occasion section.  Anything you like can be made in creme or white.

Oh, and before I forget, I also made my own veil (they wanted $100 for the veil I liked!!!)  I got a base veil from Hobby Lobby (less than $20) and some creme double face satin ribbon and hot-glued it to the edge.  Easy!
And my friend liked my veil so much, she used it as her "something borrowed" in her wedding.  Yay for recycling!
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2006 02:48:56 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2006 03:00:09 AM »

I think JennyBeanie's idea is a great one. And JennyBeanie your wedding photo took my breath away...just beautiful! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2006 11:01:53 AM »

Thanks for that guys.. made my day!!
I agree definately make a veil if you want one...
they are super easy and theres tutorials online everywhere...
and play with different fabrics too... I had one made out of chiffon like the sleeves seeing it was a more celtic look...
and SO easy... they are most often done by hand and I did a veil a month ago for a friend... took under 1 hour to make!!!
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2006 12:41:03 PM »

I just got married less than a year ago (May to be exact) and used this web site: http://www.plussizebridal.com/    I can't recommend this site enough!! I was definitely on a budget too (we had a tiny wedding) and I was very frustrated in trying to find a dress-- nothing fit, and I didn't like what I saw at David's Bridal.  (My Mom will testify that I was not pleasant when trying on about a million dresses!  I hate trying stuff on!) 

My dress cost a bit more than I would have paid on the $99 rack, but I didn't have to go to a store-- just gave them my measurements and they shipped it directly to me, and if you can believe it-- it fit PERFECTLY when I put it on.  (not bad for something you find on the internet without trying it on!)  I also ordered a bridesmaid dress from the same site several months later for a friend's wedding and again had a wonderful experience!  They have a great variety and everything was shipped very promptly. (And no, I am not affiliated with them in any way-- this is a recommendation from personal experience!)

Congrats i_heart_duckies!  Smiley  I hope you have a wonderful wedding day and a lifetime of wonderful married days after that!  And best of luck in finding your perfect dress-- you'll know it right when you see it! 
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2006 12:45:15 PM »

JeannieBeanie, I love your dress!!!!  It looks beautiful and so do you. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2006 04:22:54 PM »

Talk to the seamstress first. She might not even work from patterns, so you'd be able to bring magazine clippings of dresses you like and say, "this skirt, that bodice, these sleeves." Bridal shops will alter a dress to fit you, so don't despair if you can't find a perfect fit off the racks. I'm not sure how it works for discount dresses--maybe they charge extra for alterations.

You'll need to see the dressmaker at least three times, probably more, so it might be more convenient to find someone local. Good dressmakers tend to be expensive, but you might get lucky. My husband's wedding suit was made by a phenomonal tailor who had recently emmigrated from Russia and had very reasonable prices because he wanted to drum up business. (It worked--no way could we afford him now!) Ask around at fabric shops; they'll know if your town has one of these hidden gems.

Is the seamstress in your hubby-to-be's hometown a friend of the family? If so, I would advise against using her, especially if she'd be giving you a personal-favor discount. My stepmother made my wedding dress, and I ended up making compromises for the sake of family harmony. The dress was lovely, but not really what I'd had in mind. If I had it to do over again, I would have hired a professional or just shelled out the bucks for the dress I wanted in the first place.

You might also consider looking in the classifieds for used wedding dresses, or check consignment stores.

Congratulations and good luck!
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2006 02:21:17 PM »

Thanks every one for your helpful posts.  The seamstress does work from patterns, which, to tell you the truth made me a little nervous.  The only reason I was really considering that was because I fell in love with this dress:  http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V1944=x&TI=20003&page=9 (I hope the link works as I've never posted a link on here before)  JeannieBeanie I absolutely love your dress.  Beautiful pic too, gotta love a guy in a kilt.  lol  Anyway, my measurements are about an average of 4" off of the biggest size for that dress and I have super long hair which I inted to wear down, so that dress wouldn't work anyway.  Why have such a dramatic back when I'm gonna cover it up with the wild animal I happen to call my hair?   Cheesy  I definitely plan on making my own veil and the hair pieces for my bridesmaid, my hubby2b's "woman of honor", his "groomswoman", and the flower girl
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2006 05:45:44 PM »

I got married last july and I bought my dress from davids bridal.  It was on sale for $600 I loved it so much but that was what we were planning to spend.  I would suggest checking out bridal stores when they have sales because some times you really catch good sales but if not you can also try your local china town and see if you can find some chinese ladies to custom make a dress.  They do really good work for really small amount of money.  I know on ebay you can get it done from people in china (my friend did it). Here's a pic of me in my dress



I'm a size 20, but in the picture I was about 4.5 months prego, but we lost the baby unfortunately, but the dress really was loose around the tummy.  It was a tube top dress with a lace jacket (which also lead out to the train) and it had bell sleeves and beading.  I loved it.. it's too bad you can wear your wedding dress daily! I would!
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2006 10:09:15 PM »


I totally had the same problem... I'm a size 16 or 18 with boobs to match, so trying on wedding dresses was hell.  We got married at the court house but I still wanted a decent dress, you know?  My mom and I went to David's Bridal when they had one of their big sales and struck out with the wedding dresses, but I found a less traditional old-fashioned number in the prom dress section that was on sale for $50.  It was my style, fit really well and didn't need to be altered size-wise.  I know most people want a "real" wedding dress, but you can totally find some stuff in the formal section that looks just like the average traditional white wedding dress for less $$ and could probably be altered a little bit to fit your style for not very much more.

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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2006 03:14:57 AM »

http://www.fashionpatterns.com/

Great "ample" patterns!!  inexpensive and really really tailored for those of us in the size 20+ range.  I have made 2 of her patterns for myself, and they are easy to follow and shaped perfectly!  no more huge in the boobs and tight in the butt!!!!

They even have a wicked pretty wedding dress right on the front page. 

Also, Vogue/simplicity  usually has some fairly nice patterns that come in sizes, I have found them right up to sz 32 on the website, but if you find a seamstress that specializes in "ample" folks, she can usually alter the pattern to fit you.  I alter patterns for ample folks (like myself) for my mom's business, and here's what I can tell you from experience:
***Most patterns at JoAnns etc come up to at least a 22.  please choose a pattern that comes at least that big, because there are all sorts of little piddly details that are SO much different if the pattern isn't considered "plus size."  I had a lady ask me to alter a size 6 pattern to fit her size 24 daughter.  ain't happenin. Roll Eyes***

Remember that we're all shaped a little differently.  What looks good on the hourglass-shaped pattern model isn't necessarily gonna look good on ol' barrel-shaped me, LOL

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« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2006 06:56:17 AM »

Your dress looks beautiful!

That is something I would wear you look like a 50's glamour girl!

mon congrats!
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2006 08:13:56 AM »

i posted pics of a couple i've made... i wish you got to get married every five years so i could choose a new dress Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2006 06:09:20 PM »

wow Jeanie Beanie how awesome was your dress!!?? Everyone looks fabulous! I lucked out 8 years ago when I got married and found a dress in the JCPenney catalog!! I had my bridesaid dresses made by a  mother of one of my sisters friends. everything was simple. I did how ever make my own viel and it was super easy! I just used hair combs and glued on white flowers and then velcroed on the tulle part which I hand sewed on the satin ribbon. it was nice because I could have removed the tulle part and just kept in the flowers. I have no good pics to show or I would.  Tongue
Good luck, and I have to also say that I like purlgurls idea about looking at things other than bridal, I did that too...
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2006 05:00:35 PM »

I like the dress that JennyBeanie posted. It's similar to mine, but the sleeves on mine were split on the bottom and sheer. It was a lovely dress, and we got the fabric and pattern at walmart, believe it or not! I'll try to find some pictures.

Oh, and a tip: Don't be afraid to wear a strapless. Because my sister in law wore one, even though she's as large as I am. (Size 18.) It looked BEAUTIFUL on her, fit her perfectly.Smiley Hope you find what you want.Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2006 08:30:01 PM »

Oh my gosh purlgurl, I LOVE your dress.  I'll be making a trip to David's Bridal in about a month, so hopefully I can find something.  I'm not picky really.  Wedding dress, prom dress, doesn't matter as long as it's white (or red cause I love the idea of that lol) and it looks good.  
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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2006 12:26:29 AM »

I actually found my flickr address, and put the photos on photobucket so I don't have to worry about remembering the stupid address.  Grin Grin

ANYWAY....



The picture makes me look washed out and yuck, but here it is. (My mommy and I<3) My husband's grandmother made it for me! This was her 3rd wedding dress! (Lucky to have a seamstress in the family!!)



You can see abit more of the detail on the front there. *edit* maybe you can't. But I like that picture!:P

It's an empire waist, and the sleeves don't meet at the bottom, but they flare out like a bell sleeve. I like the way they're attatched at the top. I think that his grandmother put alot of detail into it that was'nt in the pattern, just to make it special.

(OH, by the way... the veil and tiara, as well as the flowers... were all bought at hobby lobby. If you can find someone with a talent for things... food, flowers, sewing, whatever... see if they can help you. Trust me, it makes a difference in the cost of things. They might charge very little or nothing, and it's really more cost effective than pro's.)
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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2006 12:23:18 AM »

As someone who has working in a bridal shop, I thought I should probably caution those of you who go to David's Bridal. They're known for for buying "seconds" from the manufacturers.  That means those dresses were rejected by other retailers as being flawed for some reason or another.  I'm not saying they all are, but just be careful.  That being said, if you get a dress from a good place with an inhouse seamstress, they should be able to alter a dress up 1-2 or down 2-3 sizes without stressing the material too much (for those who are crafty, but not necessarily up to the task of rediong a complicated dress).
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« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2006 01:38:28 PM »

Here is the site I bought my wedding dress from 3 years ago. I ordered it online, it came and fit me PERFECTLY. I altered it a bit to add some small sheer cap sleeves (using the free scarf) and to remove the roses, but the empire waist was quite flattering. It was a prom dress, but I liked the price and I got it in ivory. No one knew it wasn't a wedding dress at all! I was a size 20 at the time. This pic of it in royal blue is horrible, but it really was beautiful. Plus, it has gone down in price to $69!

Hope this helps! Good luck!

http://shopshop.com/Prom_Dresses_G1116.htm

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« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2006 02:11:43 PM »

I'm surprised someone hasn't mentioned www.beautypluspower.com.  They are a search engine I believe its called and have links to several plus size clothing retailers.  They even have a formal/bridal section.  At least possible source of inspiration.  Congrats on the wedding btw.
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« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2006 04:13:27 AM »

I'd go with the idea of ordering from that site.  WHen you take your measurments, find an experienced seamstress...or go to a bridal shop as an interested shopper and ask them to measure you (they might).  When the measurments are taken, be sure and drop your arms (will make your bust bigger).  Look straight ahead, head up and stand with both feet planted on the floor straight ahead.  You'd be surprised how much this changes your measurments.  It doesn't change so much in the size 3 and size 5 customers (they don't have much to change) but as the sizes go up, it makes all the difference in the world, even with a size 12 customer. 

I don't know if they charged the girl but I had a customer from Colorado have her measurements taken and sent to me in Oklahoma.  The measurments were taken at a bridal shop and they were perfect.  The girl came for her one and only fitting at 2 in the morning (flew in) and it was perfect!  All I had to do was add the hem!  I do not know if she paid for the measurments but if she did it was worth every penny!
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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2006 12:04:30 PM »

Thank you all for posting links to such great sights.I am getting married next year and have been worried about where to find a pattern to fit me.I am going to help one of my friends make a dress for me.My main problem is that I don't want a "normal" wedding dress.I want more of a 50's cocktail dress  with formal fabric.Mid-calf,lots of Tulle,with a tight busty bodice.I have what I want in my head and now it's just a matter of getting it out of there and on my body.
Any suggestions on sights for patterns are greatly appreciated!!!!!
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« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2006 04:59:46 PM »

I went very non traditional for my wedding last summer. I am so not a gown person - I look awful in them. We decided to have a small wedding in Niagara Falls but I still wanted something special. My maid of honor & I both ordered our outfits from http://pardesifashions.com/ and I can't recommend them ENOUGH. They were WONDERFUL! I am a 26/28 & a 44DD - I'm also 5'4" - almost impossible to get something off the rack. They worked with me, helping me take my own measurements, making suggestions about what might look better & even suggested shoes (I found a pair of thong sandals @ TJ Maxx for $2!!!!). When my 1st outfit arrived there were issues with fitting - I got on the phone & they got a new one made & sent to me directly from India in less than 2 weeks. They were fabulous. I was comfortable & I felt beautiful. Pardesi makes all sizes but will custom make something for any size. My entire outfit, complete w/shoes cost me less than $200. I'm including the flowers, too (I made all the flowers including small favors for all the lady guests myself w/silks from AC Moore for under $75).
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« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2006 06:14:07 PM »

you are a beautiful bride. 
And your groom looks so happy.
Congratulations and best wishes for many years of happiness

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« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2006 07:23:47 PM »

I'm surprised someone hasn't mentioned www.beautypluspower.com.  They are a search engine I believe its called and have links to several plus size clothing retailers.  They even have a formal/bridal section.  At least possible source of inspiration.  Congrats on the wedding btw.

I don't want to hi-jack this thread or anything...But I just wanted to say thank you for posting this site.  I had bever seen it before but I love it!  Thanks....

Anyway, I just bought my dress at David's Bridal.  It was $500.00 but they had an awesome sale rack!  (I'm a size 24 by the way)  I actually bought 2 dresses off the clearance rack for less than $75.00 for our honeymoon.  One of the them was ripped at the seem but it was only $20.00.  I will easily be able to fix it!  So to make a really long story even longer...lol...I agree, check out the sale racks at bridal/formal stores.  It may be cheaper than you expect.
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« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2006 08:28:51 PM »

Good luck finding a dress, sweetie!

I, too, am getting married in October.  I TOTALLY lucked out.  There is a boutique right here in atlanta that specializes in plus-sized wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and intimate apparel. 

http://www.silverliningplus.com/

they have an awesome selection for a small shop, and their customer service is fantastic.  My dress is beautiful - I can't wait to wear it!  Of course, this only helps if you are in atlanta.  I know they will ship, though, so maybe you can call in an order if you see something on their website you liked?

also, I have a friend in CA who makes gorgeous wedding gowns - I almost had her do mine, but the logistics for cross country fittings were too much for us.  If anyone is in CA - around san francisco, and would like a gorgeous custom made bridal gown - plus sized or otherwise - let me know and I'll share the info.  I know she's SWAMPED with orders now - I only wish I had pictures of her dresses to show!
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« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2006 06:05:50 PM »

JennyBeanie
your husbands kilt tartan looks like my family tartan! Smiley
I wore a sash over my shoulder with my family tatan on it with my wedding dress.  My brides maids all matching shalls as well Smiley

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« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2006 09:52:28 AM »

I just wanted to add my bit to this thread - I got married last November (2005) and I decided to have a blue wedding dress. I found a wonderful dressmaker who had experience in making Historical ands theatrical costumes and treated myself to a full length corset (BTW do this at leased six months before the wedding so you can get used to moving/eating/etc in a corset). My 'dress' is actually a skirt and jacket combination based on a 17th century riding outfit.

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« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2006 10:08:32 PM »

DOn't know if you got married yet, but I got married October 2004 and had my dress made by http://www.dressbuilder.com. I just put my measurements in the order form and they custom made my gown. It fit beautifully! And I got so many compliments on it! And I think my dress was only a bit over $300. Way less than the $750 one I was going to get at a bridal store! I got the colors on the right: http://www.dressbuilder.com/allure.html

Hope this helps and your day is magical!
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« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2006 01:30:03 PM »

Eeewwww, looking for wedding gowns SUCKED for me, I was a size 16 at the time (now a 20) and my girlfriends were all 1500 miles away.  I finally got sick of the horrible size selection and snotty size 6 sales girls and gave up until I decided to go a different route.  I found a pattern I liked (actually NOT a wedding dress pattern), took it to a local seamstress and had her make me an absolutely gorgeous two piece wedding outfit for under $150!  I highly recommend going the local seamstress route.  Alot of patterns you find in plus size can be turned into wedding dresses with the right fabric choice, trim, talent.

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« Reply #34 on: August 25, 2006 10:39:14 PM »

I just wanted to add my bit to this thread - I got married last November (2005) and I decided to have a blue wedding dress. I found a wonderful dressmaker who had experience in making Historical ands theatrical costumes and treated myself to a full length corset (BTW do this at leased six months before the wedding so you can get used to moving/eating/etc in a corset). My 'dress' is actually a skirt and jacket combination based on a 17th century riding outfit.
Sorry the photo is a bit blurry (mums hand kept shaking)
Your dress is so beautiful!
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« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2006 12:45:24 PM »

Ooooh.  I feel your pain.  After a terrible experience at a bridal salon (um, no I can't see how the dress fits when all you have is a six), I went to a seamstress from a friend's belly dance studio with a pattern that was close to what I wanted. She did a great job, was really affordable, and dug the costume-ey aspects of the dress. She wanted to drape pearls from the dress all over my arms, and now I kind of wish I'd let her.  If you're going to hire a seamstress, this would be my advice: go to another big girl; we know what looks good, and there's no harm in supporting each other, right? Also, get the best fabric you can afford. Somebody local is good, because you might need a few fittings.


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« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2006 01:16:34 PM »

You were absolutely LOVELY!!!!
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« Reply #37 on: August 28, 2006 02:44:42 PM »

tilliev, you looked stunning! What a gorgeous dress!
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« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2006 04:39:02 PM »

Thanks! I'm tellin' ya, it's all in the fabric. That was some super-heavy silk I bought in at a place in the Oakland's Chinatown called Silk Road, and it felt amazing.  All in all, with fabric, fittings, underskirt, and the seamstress's time (she also made a mock-up muslin version ahead of time as a pattern) the dress ran under $400; much better than the insane prices in the stores!
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« Reply #39 on: August 29, 2006 11:09:48 AM »

Thanks! I'm tellin' ya, it's all in the fabric.
Shush, girl, no it isn't. You look radiant!
But that is some seriously gorgeous fabric.
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« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2006 02:36:28 PM »



1. A wedding dress can be 2 pieces. Much easier to fit. Find a killer top and then have a simple skirt made.
2. Get the best fabric you can afford.
3. Cleavage. You got it, sugar. Flaunt it!

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« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2006 06:25:53 AM »

I agree with the two piece dress. Much easier! And cleavage is something to be so proud of! Cheesy Always bare enough to look sexy, but leave enough hidden so you don't look straight out of the trailer park wedding series! Zaftig--- I tried to follow your link to look at your dress but I couldnt  Cry Cry Now, could it be cause your in the UK and I am in the US?Huh should I put .uk or what Huh Any ideas? Anyone? Cheesy
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« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2006 08:08:21 AM »

Try this one, d.
http://www.thedarkangel.co.uk/catalogue.php

Edited to say: BTW, Zaf... the dresses there are lovely! I may have to steal some of their design ideas. Which one was your wedding dress?

Edited again to say: Their male models aren't bad, either! Rowr!
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« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2006 08:33:13 AM »

Thanks Dragonflower! Cheesy And, those dresses are sooo gorgeous. I think I might steal too lol. Just for my use though. Shipping on those would be atronomical I bet. LOL Cheesy
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« Reply #44 on: August 31, 2006 09:24:12 AM »

No worries mate! (My aussie personality is taking over shhh... dont tell her I told you.....that boomerang hurts) Cheesy Grin LMAO They are gorgeous dresses and suits! OMG I want em I want em I want em. I loooovveee the Alchemy dress! How beautiful! And you purchased one that could be worn aside from a wedding! Props Zaftig! Props! Cheesy
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« Reply #45 on: August 31, 2006 11:31:42 PM »

My beloved had his wedding suit from there too and he looked GORGEOUS (of course) in it much tastier than their models  Wink Wink Wink only thing is, he shaved before our wedding so only looks 13 yrs old on the photos!!

My dress is the Alchemy one. I have wore it out twice since  Grin Velvet ROCKS lol

oops I .com'd when I should have .co.uk'd
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Velvet does rock! And nothing better than men in velvet! (rowr again! Cheesy )
The Alchemy dress is lovely! I'll bet you looked stunning!
Oh, but Zaf, in the States it's illegal to marry 13-yr-olds! *snicker* You crazy Brits! lol
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« Reply #46 on: September 02, 2006 05:04:17 PM »

I agree, David's Bridal ROCKS for all sizes.

Actually, I went to a local bridal shop and asked what they had in my size.  After a good fitting, I ended up with this for about $300 including the alterations!

These pix are funky stretched out weird, and you really can't see the beading detail all over the skirt part, it's a beautiful dress!!!


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And I couldn't find gloves that I liked to cover my hairy hands, so I dolled up some fingerless ones from David's:




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« Reply #47 on: September 26, 2006 06:24:08 PM »

Wow I haven't been on here for awhile...  So the wedding is the seventh and my aunt made my dress.  I'll post pictures once I have some since the dress is in Ohio and I am not!  Here's the pattern she used:
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5003.htm?tab=evening_prom_bridal&page=1

The sleeves and drapey thing across the front didn't work out but it's ok, I love it anyway.
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