When should you make your own wedding dress? Only if you have good sewing skills!
If you make your own clothes, then you might decide to tackle designing your own wedding dress.
Those are the questions you need to answer. If you were able to answer yes to those questions... then you should consider making your wedding dress.
If you had any no answers... I want you to reconsider making your dress. Why?
If you don't have the skills to make your own wedding dress, or your are a busy bride who is short on time, or you haven't started planning well in advance of your wedding... you are setting yourself up for a lot of stress and frustration.
Planning a wedding adds stress in itself. But if you add the stress of making your gown on top of that... you are asking for trouble if you don't have the time to plan and sew the gown. What will most likely happen is that you will end up having to buy one.
So if your circumstances are not ideal to make your gown... do yourself a favor and buy your gown and consider having parts of it restyled if you want to add your personal style. This article "How to create your own wedding gown for something unique" will give you some ideas on how to restyle a bridal dress.
Another option would be to have a wedding dressmaker create your gown for you. You may be able to use a sewing professional for advice and possibly to help you with parts of the gown, like fitting it to you. Check to see if anyone is available in your community.
"But if you have the time, patience and skills needed to make your own wedding dress... then do it!"
There are some suggestions I am going to make to help you with your sewing experience.
After these steps you can go on to lay out and cut your fabric. Put your gown together to a point, leaving areas pinned together or basted. Now try on the gown.
When you make your own wedding dress you will not be able to pin yourself. This is where you will have to get someone to help you with the pinning for this fitting. Make adjustments and finish your sewing to completion.
When you make your own dress, try to complete your gown six weeks ahead of time. It gets hectic the last month before the wedding, so you don't want to have to worry about finishing your gown.
Try it on about two weeks before the wedding to make sure it still fits. Try not to gain or loose any weight during this time frame. Do a steaming of your dress a few days before the wedding. You can use a hand held steamer or arrange for someone to professionally steam it for you.
Give yourself a pat on the back because you have just accomplished something most brides don't get to experience.... you were able to make your own wedding dress!
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