BERNINA DIY Weddings - My Wedding Dress

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo Vogue 2979 Link to website or photo voguepatterns.mccall.com/v2979-products-7971.php?page_id=186 What are you most proud of? I made my own wedding dress, but more importantly - it didn't look like I'd made it myself! I can't even begin to describe how happy I was with how this dress turned out. If I was to make it again (with all I've learned in the last two years since) I'd probably use some more refined construction techniques in certain areas. I probably would have made the corset a size smaller too, (I tried the dress on the week before the wedding & it was too big so I spent the week leading up to the wedding on a crash diet of hot chips & Mars Bars so that I wouldn't have to try & take it in). But all of that aside, I love my dress! What advice would you give someone starting this project? 1. Planning is everything! I had a full timing plan for the construction of this dress with drop dead dates for purchasing the fabric, finishing fitting etc. Where there was a new technique I hadn't used before or had failed at dismally before I made sure I included experimentation & technique refinement time in my plan. I also added heaps of time to complete everything. I didn't want to have to turn down party invitations or miss out on other aspects of my life just because I hadn't finished my dress. I should also add at this point that I'm an engineer in my normal day job & this kind of project planning is what I do everyday. I pretty much treated the dress like any major engineering project :S 2. Relax & don't put yourself under ludicrous amounts of pressure. I went into this project with the mindset, that as long as my husband-to-be showed up to the ceremony & I got married it didn't really matter what I was wearing. If the dress I was wearing looked half decent then that was just the icing on the cake. This really helped keeping my stress levels low & my mind clear when problems did crop up - it probably had the opposite effect on my mother's nerves though! I think the important thing to recognise is that things will go wrong & you'll just have to find a way to work through it. In a single day, my sewing machine broke, I pricked my finger with a pin & bled on the skirt & I had problems with the lace coat. When things go wrong - just go with the flow, at the end of the day there aren't too many problems that can't be fixed (some problems just cost more than others to fix :P)

What you will need

  • This was the dress I made for my wedding in March 2010. The dress is mostly silk duponi. The lace is an embroidered tulle

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