Wedding dress chatter

With spring arriving so did first wedding invites and one bride to be, pegging me to sew her dress. No, I haven't said yes to her.

I am so torn.
I do want to sew it, but I am working a full time job that is so very exhausting at times. Then it’s a white dress. WHITE. Sewing white can be a bitch, pardon my french.
Then there’s the details - where to cut (I don’t have a cutting table and I really can’t see myself lying out five meters of white fabric on my living room floor), how to sew, what materials to use and so on. Sourcing proper quality material at an affordable price can be very hard here in Estonia.
And then there’s me, second guessing my skills and fearing that I will screw it up royally.

So with weddings in the air, I took a look at bridal gown patterns.

We have the iconic Grace Kelly inspired wedding dress.


1, 2 and 3

Okay, that first one is Kate Middelton’s wedding dress to a T, but hers was so obviously Grace Kelly inspired.
Speaking of the young duchess and her big day. You also can make Pippa’s dress. Pattern can be found here or here.

If you are into Twilight and sparkly vampires, you can make Bella’s wedding dress. Pattern can be found here. Sadly this dress only works when you have a boyish lean body and very flat stomach.

Largest variety of bridal patterns can be found on BurdaStyle (in German and in English.) There are very traditional options and options that kinda leave you wondering what the heck were they thinking (example).

And then there are patterns that are not labeled as “bridal” but they would make a wonderful wedding dress.

If you’re not into beading and a lot of poof, this softly draped V-neck gown with a short train may be for you.

Or this one shoulder draped beauty

For a soft flowing vintage inspired wedding dress, try marrying top from the dress on the right and skirt from the dress on the left.

If your wedding is not a big formal affair that needs a full length gown, maybe a tea length or knee length dress is for you. 

Take a look at Collette’s “Macaron”. Dixie DIY made one for her special day and it came out oh so pretty! I think “Macaron” would look beautiful even with a full length skirt. 
Or if you like a bit of whimsy, why not By Hand London's "Flora" dress with contrasting embellished sash and skirt lining?


Now, if you have decided to make your own or someone else's wedding dress, here are some tips:
  • Timemanagement. Plan it. Sewing a wedding dress can be time consuming. Start at least 6 weeks before the big day. 
  • Figuring it out. Plan and write down the order in which you will sew the dress and what types of materials and notions you need. Buy them in advance.
  • Buy and extra zipper. 
  • Muslin. And then muslin again. Get the fit right on the muslin, mark all the changes onto paper pattern and then cut into your fashion fabric. A lot of silky fabrics don’t take pinning well.
  • Get a fitting buddy to help you out.
  • Learn the tricks. Learn how to insert a zipper, lining and boning before you start to sew your dress. Take online classes.
  • Wash your hands a lot to avoid any smudged finger and hand prints on your white dress. 
  • Clean and oil your sewing machine before you start. To get rid of any excess oil in your machine, sew scraps in plenty.
  • Learn from others. There are plenty of blog posts where people share their experience. Many of them share helpful tricks and tips, and photos of their gowns in the making. 
And now I have a big decision to make. Until the next time, 
Aunty Maimu.

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