That's right folks, you heard it here - my second ever wedding dress is MY OWN!
I have to be honest, I'm a bit of a fabric nerd. So when I said "yes" and had to plan out the "I do" I saw it as a perfect opportunity to drape myself in dupioni silk, (A type of less processed silk that has a beautiful slub in the fabric) and when I was able to find a silk blend in New York for a not-at-all-ridiculous-price the rest, as they say, was history.
Other reasons I decided to make my own dress:
- I love the wide V-neck style and did not find many wedding dresses with that neckline that weren't... ahem... a little too "va-va-voom"
- I'm constantly torn between a love for corset back and backless dresses. A combination of the two has apparently never before been attempted in the entirety of the fashion industry - at least none that I could find.
- I really wanted lace on my dress, but not a lace layer on top of my dress. I love texture and I loved the texture of my silk fabric, so I did an asymmetrical lace appliqué layer which is totally my favourite thing ever.
- Imma be completely honest, WEDDING DRESSES ARE TOO MUCH! There, I said it! I tried on dresses and talked with pushy sales people who said "this dress wasn't designed for sitting" - WHAT? No thanks (disclaimer, not all salespeople were pushy, it was about 50/50 in my experience). The idea that putting baby powder on your legs to avoid sweat or having to get help peeing because you're drowning in tulle was not at all attractive to me. The only store that had wedding dresses that were less than 3 layers of fabric was Klienfeld's in New York (but wait, does that mean the most expensive dresses I tried on were also the simplest? Yes, that's what that means). I don't think many of the wedding dresses I tried on were overpriced based on the amount of fabric and effort put into making them, but that's the main point, why are the only dress options so much DRESS that you loose yourself in them? My wedding dress was 2 layers of fabric and 1 stabilizing layer, with basic boning, and NO ONE NOTICED, also, I could pee alone, thank you very much. Rant over.
The end result of putting all of these likes and dislikes into a dress stew was a wedding dress that got me my favourite compliment "That dress is so YOU!" And it was, it was a dress that I made in my own personal style, it was comfortable and cool and I loved wearing it.
THE STORY OF A DRESS
It start with an inspiration, in this case, the lovely fabric, that I swear I only geeked out about a little bit.
So pretty - you may also notice that the silk is ivory and the lace is silver/white, I chose to do this for a few reasons: the lace would not be a full overlay so having it be a different colour would make it stand out a bit more, and it's a really cool dress trend right now.
Now that you're inspired it's time to make a design sketch!
The end design stayed pretty true to this sketch (even the hair!), the biggest change is that I decided not to add a lace trim to the hem. This picture also doesn't show a train, but that's because I didn't really know how to draw them.
The actual construction of the dress was interesting as it involved several challenges, such as the "just off shoulder" and the low back with the corset closure. The lace was all hand sewn on to the completed base dress
And after finishing the hem (surprisingly time consuming, and based entirely on finding the right shoes) the dress was done! And it wasn't done the day before! Yay! So organized.
Then add a red ribbon and some wedding day magic...
And there you go!
I'm really excited to be adding more of my wedding DIY projects to the blog this month, it really was an amazing day and I personally think all of the things I chose to do myself totally paid off and kept the costs down, so my wedding advice? Keep it personal, keep it YOU, there's no one to impress here but you.
Feel free to visit the website of my amazing photographer friend Clara to check out more pictures she's taken (basically a photographing genius) http://www.claracecilia.com/, and let me know if you're interested in custom work! As you can see I can make wedding dresses.