So I got engaged in May whilst on our Disneyland trip for my birthday, and it’s been a whirlwind of activity and planning ever since – we’ve been looking at venues, thinking of catering ideas, and generally deciding on what we’d like to do – which hasn’t been easy!
However, the one thing I knew I wanted to do was to attempt to make my own wedding dress. I have a vision in my mind of how I want it to look – and unfortunately, I’ve looked through so many magazines, and there doesn’t seem to be something like what I’m after… Which justifies the craziness of trying to make my own!
So I thought I would take you on this mad journey with me – I like a bit of company whilst I’m working after all!
So the first thing I did when I started looking at dresses was to find a shape/silhouette that I liked. I’m not going to lie – the first dress I thought of was the 2015 Cinderella dress… You know the one…
Obviously this dress was far too huge and costume-like to be taken seriously.
I had a look through magazines to get a feel for what other people had done with their wedding dresses, and came across this design that I thought was just beautiful!
So I then drew out my design to give myself a bit of focus.
I know that I want a corseted top and a full skirt, to give the illusion of a smaller waist. And I’m thinking at the moment that I would prefer the skirt to be made from lightweight chiffon rather than tulle. I really like how chiffon moves when dancing and the way it catches the air. It also gives a nod to the fairytale Cinderella dress. I also know I want something in Blush, and I would like to incorporate gold into the design, whether it’s in findings, beadwork or fabrics. Within my dress design, I also wanted to give a nod to my mum’s wedding dress, that was also blush with an off the shoulder design.
For the corset, I’ve chosen to use a pattern called Zara by SewWardrobe. This pattern is great as it gives you so much scope for alteration and changing the shape of the corset to get exactly what you are after. It’s also brilliant as the creator of the pattern Alison Smith has also created an online Craftsy class that goes through how to make the corset – bonus! I’ve created a mock up out of my attractive spotty fabric, in order to ensure that I’ve got the right fit for the corset before making it out of my proper fabric.
I’ve already ordered coutil for the corset in white, along with boning and the rest of the findings from SewCurvy, however I’m still stuck on deciding which fabric to use for the corset and skirt, and am ordering samples from all over the place!
I’m so excited however to make this project – I’m hoping this enthusiasm keeps up the whole way through the process! We shall see…