Wedding Dress, Sewing Stress

I received the Bridal Couture CD this weekend, and I've printed off a copy to make it easier to highlight key ideas and reference it while I work on the wedding dress. Reading this book fills me with dread, excitement, hope and fear.

The first stumbling block is not finding a pattern that closely resembles The Dress. So I bought a several patterns in the hopes of merging them into the style I want. (I also ordered Simplicity 5006 just in case I need a corset or corselet.)

I spent many waking and sleeping hours thinking and dreaming of different combinations. But every time I come up with a solution, I question how it will hold up. With at least four layers of fabric (lace, satin, underlining, interlining), wedding dresses can be quite heavy, even the slim ones. I get the feeling that making my own wedding dress will have more to do with engineering than sewing. Steel boning may be used to defy gravity in a way that is akin to a suspension bridge!

I know I'm asking too much from my mediocre, newbie sewing skills. Yet, I still want to make my own dress. I will have to be organised, detailed in my plans, meticulous, not rush each step and not be afraid to ask for help and advice. In moments of crises, I will just have to conjure Tim Gunn to incite me into "making it work".

There's also quite a few wedding dress sewing blogs that are keeping spirits up :)


  1. Hi there! So happy to hear you enjoyed reading about my dress. I spent a bit of time reading your blog & your post about shopping for dresses really hit a chord with me. I got married almost a year ago & went through the same thing! It wasn't helped by the fact that the wedding was about 4-5 months from the day I started shopping.
    I really like the dress you linked to it's really pretty! I've also made the New Look evening gown pattern you have there & I really liked it. It had a really nice line. I was thinking about your worries with the dress holding up & maybe you could try underlining the lace with a flesh or soft white coloured organza or something to make it a bit stronger & carry a bit more of the weight, (depending on the lace). I don't know if that would work or not, just a thought.
    Good luck, I hope all goes well & can't wait to see your progress, (I'm a sucker for wedding dresses).

  2. Hi Roarah! Thank you for your encouragement and advice :) I'm definitely planning on using some organza to toughen up the lace. I love your wedding dress, I was originally on using that Vogue pattern but I just thought the New Look one would be easier to make. I tried to search for your version of New Look 6401 on your blog but could not find it. Anyway, I think your corset tutorials are going to be super helpful for me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!



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