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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wedding dress DIY : making your own on: April 07, 2009 05:37:18 AM
Hi there,

I am getting married in November this year (wooo!) and I've always wanted to make my own dress. My mum thinks I'm nuts and that I should just cough up and buy one. There are some OK dresses around, but they all seem to cost in excess of 1000! Where as I'm sure I could make my *perfect dress* for under 200. For me the maths adds up to make my own, plus the fact it will be unique and I can have exactly what I want on it. But I think mum is scared that I will make a hash of it, and end up with something that doesnt fit properly or just looks naff. I'm a semi experienced dress maker, but definately not to professional standard. I am 5ft 7, and have more or less slim hourglass proportions - I'm not sure what would suit me.

Have any of you wonderful and wise craftsters made your own? How did it go? What snags did you hit? Do you have any recommended patterns?

Thanks for your help guys!

Rainbow Han xx
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help needed: Maternity Wedding Dress on: December 07, 2008 12:19:16 PM
Hi guys!
Well the big day was a week ago now, and I just thought I would add some pictures from the main event! I think you can tell the dress has been altered, as the bodice fits better! You can also just tell shes ballooned a bit (shes 6months gone!) but the dress design caters for that! You can almost see the corset lacing i did down the back on  the first photo- which makes it totally adjustable. It was a lovely day, and thankyou guys for all your helpful suggestions! Her mum used the rest of the green taffeta and lace that was left over, to make the Groom a matching waist coat and the older bridesmaid (her sister) a bolero and sash! The little bridesmaid (a niece) is wearing a store bought dress- but shes very cute! Her mum also made and iced the wedding cake (Yes those are star wars figures on top of the cake...), along with all the centre pieces and the bouquets and corsages! (shes a very talented woman!)

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help needed: Maternity Wedding Dress on: November 15, 2008 12:35:50 PM
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help needed: Maternity Wedding Dress on: November 13, 2008 10:12:34 AM
Hi guys!

thankyou for all your awesome suggestions. Their wedding is all booked for the 29th of November, and the dress is now finished! I went with this pattern in the end: http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5003.htm??tab=evening_prom_bridal&page=2

the empire line is a god send on this dress! great for pregnant tummy! I added a large box pleat in the front of the skirt to give more room around the tummy, and I made a size larger than I thought I would need, and then added corset style lacing up the back for a perfect fit. We went for a green taffeta shot with black for the under dress- which gives an awesome two tone effect. Thje over dress is black chatilly floral lace, which gves a bit of texture. I also added some green butterfiles to the front/bottom of the dress on the green under dress. I think the square/scoop neck line really suits her, and takes attention away from the bump (though with the big skirt, its hard to tell shes pregnant!). Here are some pictures of the finished dress from the second fitting- Though Im lacking back pictures of the lacing- I will add these when I get some! (which will probably be on her big day!)

lv han x

5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Wedding dress of the whimsical variety on: September 17, 2008 09:42:55 AM
sorry for the multiple posts! Here is another one which is similar!
han x
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Wedding dress of the whimsical variety on: September 17, 2008 09:39:28 AM
oh yes and if u want an acurate elizabethan corset pattern (also inclused 2 victorian patterns as well):

it is rankes as difficult- so would be a challenge!
han x
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Wedding dress of the whimsical variety on: September 17, 2008 09:36:40 AM
I know this one doesnt hav the sleeves- but its quite similar to the basic shape of the dress your were looking at- the sleeves could be customised (i think they are horrid at the mo!), and you could do the over skirt in an organza and pin parts of it up with corsages to get a similar effect....

han x
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help needed: Maternity Wedding Dress on: September 16, 2008 04:14:23 AM
HI there,
Ive made a few dresses now, so I thought Id be ready to make a wedding dress for my boyfiends sister. However, she is now pregnant! Which is great, but she would still like me to make her dress! She is quite gothic in her style. Making the dress shouldn't be too much of a problem, but I was astonished by the lack of any nice maternity patterns out there, let alone bridal ones. Oh yes! and she wants to get married in black and green- so Im starting to think ive bitten off more than i can chew!! I have been looking at a couple which I think would hide a bump, and that are large enough already (shes a UK size 18 I think):

The first ( View A on the pattern)  one is empire line, which I think would be good for hiding bumps- and has effectively 2 skirts which might drape nicely, and I could do the main dress in black and do the under skirt in green... has anyone made this one before? PLus Mccall's info on the pattern isnt showing up on my computer...

The second is really nice and very loose around the hips and carries on the gothic theme- but this one hjas a train where as the other one doesnt.It is princess seams all the way down which might not be as flattering. But this one goes up to a size 24, where as the first one goes up to a 22, which might be more useful with an expanding tummy...

so if any of you lovely people have any advice/experience on altering dress patterns for pregnant bumps or helpful insights I would be soooo grateful.

Thanks very much,

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: September 16, 2008 04:01:57 AM
Hey! Its not too hard, if you get a simple enough pattern and follow the instructions its ok! Choose your boning carefully tho, I found this aryicle helpful:http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Catalogue1/The_types_of_Boning.html

any way, here was my attempt at my firts corset-
 will make another one eventually, but am busy making bridesmaids dresses at the mo!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Here Comes the Dollar Tree Bride! (img heavy): on: August 20, 2008 08:07:11 AM
that is sooo beautiful, your such a creative person, with an eye for a bargain!I bow in awe of your talent!
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