How to Make Your Own Wedding Dress
By far, the most exciting, fun and often tension-filled decision a
bride has to make is her choice in wedding gowns. Many brides forego
the traditional off-the-rack shopping for a dress they can feel is
uniquely their own and more reflective of individual taste and
personality. There are many ways to make your own wedding dress.
In addition to the desired finished product, you must consider the
budget, time limitations and the amount of personal input you are
capable of contributing when planning how to make your own wedding
dress. Realizing your own vision can be infinitely more rewarding than
simply fitting into a premade dress on your big day.
If you are a skilled and experienced seamstress, your approach to how
to make your own wedding dress will be very different than that of
someone not skilled in clothing design and production. Even with
experience and skill, it is a good idea to look through established
patterns and designs for ideas or to use as a base for a wedding dress
with your own flair added to it.
Even the most skilled seamstress may want to consider a second pair of
eyes and hands in the project. Not only is it a considerable amount of
work but it can also be extremely stressful to have the most important
garment you will ever wear entirely resting in your hands.
There are many other ways to contribute to making your own wedding
dress if you cannot perform the actual construction or sewing. The
first step to be taken is to find a design you want. Most fabric and
hobby stores have catalogs through which you can browse to find the
dress of your dreams. There are also some really cool tools online that
can help you easily design your own wedding dress.
The next step will be to locate the suggested material or find the
color and texture of fabric you desire. The most crucial step in this
process will be to find a seamstress to perform the actual construction
and fitting. The actual labor involved in making your own wedding dress
will be the most expensive element of the process so budget
accordingly. This element may require you to interview several
Always ask to see a portfolio or samples of completed work in order to
fairly judge whether or not the candidate can handle the project. You
need to set a timeline with milestones or checkpoints where you and the
seamstress will evaluate the progress. You can find a lot of fun and
fulfillment when you embark on making your own wedding dress. Just be
sure to properly plan the making of your dress so that you finish on
time. Also, don't forget that once you are finished with your
dress you can also make your own veil and bouquet.