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How to Make a Wedding Dress from Start to Finish

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step 2 Fabric shopping

This gave me disproportionately extra pleasure than it likely need to have done. I love love love searching fabric and craft supplies. In fact, when a craft save (Ultimate Craft in Camden) opened up that was once on my stroll to work, I ended up poking my head in virtually each day.



The solely actual trouble is that fabric can be expensive. Particularly bridal fabric like lace. Luckily I stay in London the place you can locate distinctly an awful lot some thing if you seem to be challenging enough. 

After a bit of web digging, I observed Goldhawk Road.  What a genuine gem for sewers! Once you exit Goldhawk Road Underground Station and head East, there are about a dozen cloth and haberdashery retail outlets lining each aspects of the road, all packed to the rafters. And the high-quality bit: they’re moderately priced.


I was once a bit frugal and didn’t come away with whatever too extravagant. In complete it value me £111. Just in case, I sold extensively extra cloth than I would want (there’s likely sufficient left over to make any other dress). 

I bought:

  • Plain cotton in white
  • Polyester chiffon in ivory
  • Guipure-type lace in ivory


I say Guipure-type lace as the suited Guipure lace is very pricey at about £90 per metre. Mine used to be about £25 per metre. I suppose the distinction is hand made versus computer made. Along with this I additionally had some less expensive fabric (possibly muslin) at home.



Making a toile (or muslin)

The first issue I did used to be to make a pattern. I had the strapless bodice sample from Tanya’s e book which I traced onto pattern-making paper so that I wouldn’t have to reduce up the original. I made a mild alteration to the neckline which I desired to be a “gentle” sweetheart form (not positive if there’s a right time period for this). 

Using the affordable cotton, I examined out the sample through making a toile, additionally referred to as a muslin. This is a check garment made of affordable cloth which you can use and attempt on to see if the sample works for your body, so if any adjustments want to be made you don’t quit up destroying your proper fabric.

Seemed to in shape exceedingly well! The skirt was once a 3/4 circle skirt. I determined that this may be a bit too full so for the real costume I ended up doing a 1/2 circle instead.

Making the bodice

The horrifying part: stitching the proper dress. Now that I had examined out the sample pieces, I reduce out the bodice pieces. To provide it first rate structure, I used 4 layers (from outdoor to inside): chiffon, white cotton, white cotton once more (for attaching boning) and muslin. Alison Smith’s e book goes into some element on how to make a strapless bodice, and I loosely accompanied this method.

For the boning, I used Rigilene polyester boning. It consists of skinny strands of plastic held together, however on occasion an character strand can stop up poking out and rub towards the skin. To give up this from happening, I held the give up of the boning over a lighter till the strands simply started out to soften and fuse together, a useful trace from one of Alison’s Craftsy classes. Then I used a nail file simply to clean out any lumps at the end. Worked a treat, even though cautious no longer to burn it like I did initially.

After stitching the boning to the 1/3 layer, I tacked all 4 layers collectively by means of hand. Then it was once time to sew the portions together. I introduced a line of continue to be stitching to the neckline to maintain it in shape. I additionally notched the seam allowances at the curve of the 
princess seams. At this stage the interior of the bodice appeared like this:



Rouleau loops

I was once struggling to determine what I desired for fastening the returned of the bodice. The best way seemed to be the usage of a hid zip. But my Mum persuaded me in opposition to this as she stated it’s volatile if the zip breaks. If a button pops off, it’s no huge deal as there are different buttons conserving the bodice securely in place. But a zip breaks, and all of a surprising the bride is core of interest for solely two reasons! My sweetheart's father is a vicar and he in reality noticed this manifest once. 

Luckily it was once earlier than the bride entered the church, and anyone was once in a position to sew her returned into the dress.

So buttons or a lace-up back? I determined to go for the lace-up, as it can assist clinch in the waist. Plus I wouldn’t have to fear if I received or misplaced a few kilos earlier than the massive day as the gown would be adjustable. I’d viewed Alison make rouleau loops in her Couture Finishing Techniques direction that I referred to earlier. It regarded like enjoyable so I concept I’d strive it out. 



Attaching the lace

This was once the trickiest bit. And this was once additionally when I realised that I must have waited till the lace was once on earlier than stitching on the rouleau loops. Did no longer suppose this through.

I secured the strapless bodice to my costume shape and hand tacked it in place. Because it had a bit of stretch to it, I made positive to stretch it over a bit as I didn’t favor it to quit up sagging, mainly round the neckline.

Now for fixing my preceding mistake with the rouleau loops. Luckily, the lace was once forgiving and I ended up snipping the lace up to the loop and becoming it thru the gaps between the loops. I then straight stitched throughout all the bits of lace to keep them in location on the reverse side. Not ideal, however the quit end result regarded enormously neat.


I wanted to connect two different portions of lace to cowl every shoulder. But it would want to be executed as seamlessly as feasible so that it would appear like simply one piece of lace. After matching up the lace as excellent as possible, I pinned the portions together. Now got here the complex bit. Using a tearaway cloth stabiliser under the lace, I used a small zigzag sew to sew the portions together, following the line of the lace and warding off the holes. The stabiliser stops the lace from being pushed down into the bobbin compartment. And then I simply cautiously reduce off the extra lace and ripped away the stabiliser.

So what to do about the neckline and sleeve holes? By this factor I nonetheless hadn’t determined precisely what to do. I desired some thing easy however elegant. The kind of lace I used to be working with didn’t clearly lend itself to the kind of unfinished edges neckline of some of the clothes I’d been browsing. But I desired to end off the edges as delicately as possible.

As the chiffon was once semi-transparent, I determined to use it to make bias binding. This was once pinned into position, the front and back:

Once once more the use of the tearaway stabiliser, I machine-sewed one part of the bias binding. I then reduce away the extra lace to supply a easy edge.

To end it off, I hand-stitched the different aspect of the bias binding. I was once clearly thrilled with the result:

At the back, the ends of the bias binding had been tucked in and completed off by way of hand.

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In comparison, the skirt was once very straight forward. I used the chiffon, backed with the white cotton

After continue to be stitching the waist, I hung up the skirt for a number of days. This used to be due to the fact the weight of the material can make it stretch out over time, particularly on the bias. And as you can see here, that’s what happened:
This is the place it eventually felt like a wedding ceremony dress, stitching the skirt to the bodice!

The returned of the skirt was once sewn together, with a hole at the pinnacle for getting the gown on and off. Small snaps at the pinnacle had been used to shut the gap. It wasn’t mainly properly finished, however I would be including a waist sash and tying a bow with it at the again which would cowl it up anyway.

To get the size right, I had a buddy assist me pin up the costume as soon as I was once carrying the shoes. I cherished the Making the sash

The closing thing to the dress: a rouched waist sash. I desired the sash to be incredibly distinctive from the relaxation of the dress, so selected an ivory satin as it has a sleek look. The rouching used to be created with the aid of stitching perpendicular to the sash size the use of a lengthy sew length, and then pulling the give up of the thread so that the material bunches up together



I located that the rouching didn’t continue to be the way I desired it to look, and stored transferring about. A bit like a mattress head look, it takes a bit of cautious positioning to produce an “organised mess”. So to preserve the folds in place, I pinned them in a random fashion, and ironed over them to make it stay.

Finishing touches

The ending touches had been to connect a lining to the bodice, and add a piece of cloth to cowl the lace-up area at the back. I used the left over satin for this.

The different component was once a petticoat to bulk up the skirt. I took the lazy choice for this and offered one off Amazon for simply £15.99. Perhaps I’ll attempt and make one at some point.
Are you planning on making your wedding ceremony dress? Planning some thing bold for your subsequent stitching project? 


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