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« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2008 07:45:11 AM »

I made my wedding outfit, and a wedding dress for a friend. You can do this dress. The hardest parts will be fitting the back, since it's essentially backless, so do a practice one, and doing all the silly little buttons down the back, because I hate making cording. However, I think you can buy pre-made in bridal departments of fabric stores. You can skip the buttons and use an invisible zipper, if you want.

Definitely check out this website and others for tips, and check the library and bookstores for special books on making bridal attire.

Finally, it looks like you're going to need a fairly poufy petticoat, so allow time to make that as well, if necessary.

Best wishes!

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« Reply #41 on: August 05, 2008 08:25:40 AM »

The bust form is a great idea!

I made mine out of duct tape and it does not take long if you have a little help.
« Reply #42 on: August 05, 2008 09:02:52 AM »

I do have a vintage dress form; it has helped with other projects to see how the fabric lays on a body.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2008 09:07:37 AM by mirthgoddess » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #43 on: August 05, 2008 11:17:14 AM »

The pattern you have found is lovely, and doesn't look too complicated.  But as someone mentioned, nice lace is very expensive and can be difficult to work with.   And you will probably want to get the nicest satin you can find, which will be pricey as well.  Still, probably cheaper than buying a nice dress, especially since you also will not have to pay for alterations.

The difficulty with commercial wedding dresses, as you probably know, is that you usually have to order them in advance so if you do decide to give up on making your dress, you need to find a replacement in time to order it.  A few years ago, I bought my dress at this store, and yes it is the cheesiest web site ever, but they have crazy deals on dress samples in stock so if you run out of time or energy and just need a good cheap dress fast, I recommend it as a backup.  They have a lot of non-strapless dresses.  Also David's Bridal has some off-the-rack dresses.

You can buy your crinoline (if you want one) on Ebay, you can get great deals, and save some time.   Good luck, and congrats!

« Reply #44 on: August 05, 2008 12:41:13 PM »


I have to say i saw this pattern the other day when browsing through the vogue website (I'm stuck in pre-engagement limbo atm - he's asked my dad but hasn't bought the ring yet and apparently can't propose without it?!) and LOVED it... I'd make it strapless but it's just such a lovely cut. My mom made her dress and though very 70s, still beautiful, and she's also made about 6 ballgowns in the last ten years so I'm hopeful that with my creative flair and her very strict and precise sewing skills we can come up with something beautiful for about 80.

I think you should go for it as long as you have someone competent to help - cos however good you are at sewing, when it comes to making your wedding dress you don't want any extra stress! Good luck, post pictures of your practise run! Smiley

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« Reply #45 on: August 15, 2008 07:11:08 AM »

Slight update:
First of all, thank you everyone for your opinions, advice, encouragement and warnings. I received the dress pattern and have looked it over thoroughly. I'm excited because the construction looks fairly easy, and I definitely feel like I can tackle it and succeed!

One modification question (and maybe I should put this in the sewing discussion thread): I am thinking of adding a colored sash at the waistline, probably in whatever shade of blue I decide on as one of my wedding colors (Right now am leaning towards royal blue). I would attach it right where the bodice attaches to the skirt, and would probably tuck the ends under before inserting the zipper, so that it would just define the waist, but not tie or anything. Would this look good with the style of dress?
« Reply #46 on: August 28, 2008 08:34:59 AM »

OK, so last night I started the muslin of my dress. I have only made the bodice so far, but here are some pics of what I've done, as modelled by my dressform.



front with sleeves added:

back with sleeves:

« Last Edit: August 28, 2008 06:48:58 PM by mirthgoddess » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #47 on: August 28, 2008 09:53:35 PM »

I really love that neckline. What a beautiful dress it is going to be. Good for you for taking this on! Everyone will be amazed and you'll get exactly what you want and quite a memory! Congrats!

Oh, and I think a blue sash would be lovely with this dress. But, this is coming from the girl with the green band and corset added to her wedding dress!!
« Last Edit: August 28, 2008 09:54:56 PM by *MAR* » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #48 on: August 31, 2008 01:15:32 AM »

Pretty! I don't know why, but I just love the back soooo much. You've just <i>got</i> to wear your hair up to showcase it Smiley Oh, I just looked at the pattern, and I love the back even more! I love covered buttons on bridal gowns. Mine doesn't have any.
I think a sash might look a little funny, but it could just be because I can't picture it. This is a mockup though; why not try it on this dress and if you don't like it, you can scrap the idea when you do the real thing?
Anyways, good job so far. You know none of us can wait for more pics Smiley

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« Reply #49 on: September 05, 2008 07:41:09 PM »

Hey gals!  I put together the skirt of the muslin today. I haven't sewn it to the bodice yet, it's getting late and I don't want to disturb the neighbors upstairs with my machine. But I did pin it in place so that I could see how it looks, and so I could post pictures to show you all...

So, here it is.

So far I'm loving it. Smiley And of course it will look better when it's in a sturdier fabric.

Messy apartment, sorry!
« Last Edit: September 05, 2008 07:42:06 PM by mirthgoddess » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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