For as long as I had been in the sewing world, I have had a fiance. Finally, he would be my official husband (he’s my sort-of-husband right now, since we are really legally married) this May, when we finally have our wedding ceremony. The second most important part of being a bride is having a beautiful and fitted dress to wear on her wedding! (The most important part is to be surrounded by people she loves!) I sold out and bought a dress last year instead of sewing my own — it just seemed too intimidating to sew my own! (However, I am still itching to sew up a last minute wedding dress… we will see!)
Of course, the dress does not fit me perfectly — even though its a bridal size 0 (and they say that bridal sizes are smaller than street size!) and a petite (still 5 inches too long with heels!). Being a cheapo (and more because I deem myself as a decent seamstress), I decided to alter it myself instead of sending it to a pro, and oh boy, look at this explosion on my sewing desk:
As you can see, it is quite hard to work such a big gown. There are layers of fabric and tulle to be fought and struggled with; the hem is two layers of fabric sewn together without showing a seam on the outer shell — So I have to open the dress up from under the bust to get to the hem; I have to remove the beading from where I am sewing but tie the thread up such that the rest of the beads do not fall off… etc etc. Its just a huge headache and I am not sure if its worth saving 200 bucks! Also not to mention, on the inside of the dress, the seam edges are not sergered or zig-zaged, so they fray a little.
But I will not let another seamstress finish what I have started. I will hem it perfectly, I will take in my waist, and I will look nice on my wedding!
Readers, did you or will you make or alter your own wedding dress? Did you enjoy it? Did you do it for others? Should I make another wedding dress just for fun? Do share some pictures of your sewn/altered wedding dress if you want!