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I'm going to be one of those people who makes their own wedding dress. The most important dress I'm likely to wear in my lifetime. And I'm making it.
I knew as soon as we got engaged that I wanted to sew my own dress but I had absolutely no clue where to start. I researched patterns online, I pinned like crazy to my Wedding Dress board on Pinterest and I went and tried on a whole bunch with my bridesmaids and my mum.
Doing all of this gave me a much clearer idea of what it was that I wanted but it didn't get me any closer to knowing how to do it. I hunted and hunted and hunted for the perfect pattern to bring together all the different elements in my dress and got a little bit overwhelmed by it all and just stopped looking. My brain, however, was obviously still mulling things over without me knowing it.
I had a wedding dress epiphany on the train some time ago. It may seem like such a simple idea but it suddenly occurred to me that making the perfect wedding dress wasn't about finding the perfect sewing pattern. It was about breaking my dress down into features that I really wanted to have and trying to frankenpattern that with some resources that would really, really demystify all of my fears of working on the most important garment of my life. And with that thought I was free.
Suddenly I could take any pattern at all and pick out features that I like and that I know will flatter me and combine those elements into my perfect sewing pattern. Not one made by a company but one made and altered and fit to my measurements and figure. I was now free to pick and choose and muslin the crap out of this thing.
So what am I attempting to make?
At the moment I'm leaning heavily on the idea of a bodice something like this.
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And a skirt something like this.
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I have this idea that since I'll be making an SBA on the cups of the bodice it should be slightly easier to muslin. I'm hoping to just pinch out some fabric like Gertie did and not need too many muslins. I hope.
So now I'm a little terrified of the skirt. I really love the idea of a tea length fuller skirt but with light, floaty fabric so it doesn't feel heavy. As far as I can tell the skirt on the left is a whole lot of circle skirts laid on top of each other whereas the one on the right seems to have layers gathered at the waist. Whichever way I decide to go with the skirt my biggest fear in making this dress is attaching all that fabric to the bodice. Eek! Technically it would seem easier for circle skirts as there's no added bulk of all those gathers but I'm hoping to play around with all that in the muslin stage.
So if you happen to have made anything similar to this kind of skirt or have any words of wisdom for me please leave me a comment - I promise to take all advice onboard! I need it.
Finally this dress of mine needs to be appropriate for a wedding ceremony most likely in National Park and a reception in our bush backyard. With a bit of bushwalking to get to some nice photo spots. Maybe this will give you a better idea of why tea length is going to be SO much easier for me to move around in - also I love this length.
I'll leave you with a picture of our backyard when we decked it out for our engagement party. We have intentions of doing a LOT of work to it over the summer so it will look spectacular for our wedding but it will give you some idea of what the whole shebang might look like.
So it's now 1 year to the day that we get married and I'm so ready to get started! I'm off to print off my pattern and order my muslin supplies so I can get cracking on my dream dress.
Wish me luck!