Wedding Dress Having One Created
Q: I am getting married in a few months, and my friend has offered to make my wedding dress. Any hints for me in having the wedding dress made?
A: The most wonderful thing about your wedding day is that you can incorporate your own tastes and styles into the event. You don’t have to buy a wedding dress simply because it is a traditional style.
If your friend agrees to make the wedding dress for you, then you’re already on your way to saving money…especially considering that you’re looking towards the more elegant (and expensive) type of dress. You first need to get a specific idea of what you’re looking for. This can be accomplished in a manner of ways. You can check the bridal magazines to find a style that fits what you’re looking for. Check the bridal stores in your area to see if they offer anything that you’d be interested in…just make sure that you bring your friend along…so that she can see it as well. Take advantage of the fashion clothing design books that your local library offers…and once you’ve decided on the design features that you prefer…try writing a small summary of those features. Perhaps you’ll decide that you like a specific collar style, fabric choice or hem length…write it down and you’ll be better prepared when you go to the fabric store.
A fabric store can seem daunting if you’re used to shopping off the rack, but it doesn’t have to be. If you remember that the salespeople are there to help you, you’ll be able to find anything that you need. Find out where the patterns section is…and start looking through the pattern books. You don’t have to limit yourself to just looking at the wedding dress section, you can also look through the prom dress selection and at regular dress patterns. Believe it or not, Simplicity Patterns also has a site on the web. You can peruse their on-line pattern books…look at their “Style” book for wedding dress and formalwear patterns. Consult your list (summary) every once in a while. Once you’ve found a pattern or two that you like, write down the pattern numbers (which you’ll find in the pattern book and on the pattern itself), ask a salesperson when the next pattern sale will be occuring then wait until the sale is running to buy your pattern.
When the pattern sale comes around, it’s time to bring your friend along. Show your friend the pattern/s, and ask if she/he feels comfortable sewing it. If your friend does feel comfortable, it’s time to move into the fabric selection phase. Consult your friend…and the salespeople at the store to find out what fabrics would work best with pattern. You may have to go to another fabric store to find what you’re looking for, but it’s also wise to ask to see the upholstery fabric. Sometimes you can find a “bridal” fabric that is also used for upholstery of some type. Guess which is usually cheaper? Whichever store you decide to buy at at…ask when their next sale on that fabric will occur. It never hurts to ask, and usually results in a fair amount of savings. Buy your fabric on sale if at all possible. Also check your local phone book to find out if there’s a local fabric warehouse. Another good idea is to buy an extra 1/4 yard of fabric…in case you find that you need extra length in the hem or sleeves or extra fabric anywhere else.
Once you’ve got the fabric, you’re ready to have your friend start sewing. Now, if your friend is experienced with making wedding (or formal) clothing…you can ignore this next suggestion…if he/she isn’t then it’s a good idea for her/him to sew a “practice” wedding dress…using a cheap fabric such as an inexpensive cotton or muslin. You’ll have to be fitted every once in awhile (it depends on how close the pattern size is to your size) to make sure that the dress fits your proportions correctly…the sewing is up to your friend…and you’ll have to trust him/her if you go this route. For your attendant’s dresses…you follow the same steps as you did for your….