Tuesday, January 6, 2009

More progress on dress selection.

I've decided to make my own. I can sew, I can sew pretty darn well if I do say so myself. All the dresses I like are expensive. Like $400 or $500, which I know isn't expensive in the wedding dress world, but it's a lot when we have an $8000 wedding budget and plan to feed 300 or more people dinner, and honeymoon in Europe. Plus wedding dresses are almost always the dreaded POLYESTER, which not only means it doesn't feel as nice, but it means that I can't dye the dress after my wedding.

I was at Joann's purchasing last minute accouterments for my Tudor gown (inspired by this portrait of Elizabeth I, only green) and I noticed that McCall's patterns were on sale for $1.99. I paged through them and lo and behold, they had a pattern nearly identical to the dress I liked so well (the orange one from my this post).

Evening Elegance
The key differences are that I will have shoulder straps, and a more scoop shaped neckline, instead of the sweetheart. I was so stoked. I proceeded to buy clearance linen/cotton blend and the rest of the materials I needed and I will make a mock up, I can't wait! Look for pictures in a few months, I have other projects to finish first!


  1. I completely understand where you're coming from! Have you considered looking at bridesmaids dresses? I found my wedding dress, that is a bridesmaids dress, for $130. Your idea for making your own sounds fabulous...keep us posted on your progress!!


  2. I like the way you are thinking..! Well, I always prefer affordable wedding dress.

  3. I'm a huge fan of self-made dresses. I'm planning to make my dress, too. I bought the material for experimenting with neckline patterns this weekend. Yay!

    I think it's the best way to get exactly what you want without paying a small fortune for a dress that would probably need tailoring anyway.

  4. @lovestained
    I did consider bridesmaids dresses, but I think that I will be more likely to get EXACTLY what I want by making my own!

  5. @Mountain Girl

    My thoughts exactly, and if it's not exactly what I want, I have no one to blame but myself.