Sew your own wedding dress

More brides are choosing handmade for their big day, and making their own dress. It’s certainly a way to make it extra special!

Have you ever thought of sewing your own wedding dress? Here’s 7 things to consider before embarking on this sewing journey:

1. TIME-CONSUMING MAKE

Planning ahead is so important if you’re going to take on any bridal sewing project. The last thing you want to be is stressed so give yourself plenty of time. A special occasion gown is not a project that you afford to opt for speedy short cuts and of course, only your best sewing will do!

2. WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?

Sewing your own wedding dress isn’t necessarily an inexpensive option than buying a readymade dress. Bridal gowns require lots of luxurious fabrics, which don’t come cheap!

3. PICKING A PATTERN

To help you pick a design, visit a bridal boutique and try on dresses to help you decide what silhouettes, shapes and embellishments you like. Take photos if you can to inspire you when choosing a pattern. Once you’ve a good idea of what you want you can search for a pattern.
Look at the line drawings on the sewing pattern to help you decide, which elements you like. Check out the pattern sizing. Always read the construction guide and fabric recommendations before you commit.

TIP: If you are having trouble finding a pattern, try searching for special occasion dress patterns.

4. PICKING YOUR FABRIC

Refer to your pattern envelope to see what fabrics the sewing pattern recommends. Most common fabrics for bridal include Crepe back Satin, Dupioni, Jacquard, Silk and silk types, Shantung, Taffeta and Brocade.

5. A MUSLIN MOCK-UP IS A MUST!

On a garment so important – a toile or muslin is a must! Treat it as trial run and use it to make small alterations to make sure the garment fits you the best it can, as well as decide whether you need to make the neckline less revealing or shorten the sleeves.

6. KNOW YOUR SEWING LIMITATIONS

Even wedding dress sewing patterns are designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced sewers. Be honest about your sewing skills, tackling a bridal gown isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you’re a novice sewer, choose a gown sewing pattern that’s simple in design and doesn’t have too many pattern pieces. Practice any advanced techniques that you haven’t tackled before on delicate fabric scraps.

7. DUE CARE & ATTENTION

Look after your dress while you’re making it. Always wash your hands before touching the fine fabric and don’t eat or drink around your dress. Make sure your sewing area is clean and dust-free and when you’re not sewing make sure you place your dress in a safe covered place and preferably on a hanger.

OTHER ALTERNATIVES

Why not consider refashioning or upcycling a family member’s wedding dress or buying one from a charity shop?

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