Wedding Dress Construction | Part One | Inspiration

McCalls 6646

 

Hi Everyone! A lot has happened since I last wrote (over a year ago). In a nutshell, I got married to my handsome best friend last year in July and in August of this year we welcomed our little baby girl, Elsie. She is such a joy!

Before the wedding , I promised you guys a look at how I made my wedding dress. Now I’ll keep that promise! 🙂 Every Friday, look for the next post in this series.

Learning Curve

Sewing my own wedding dress was one of the most challenging and exciting projects I have ever tackled. I learned so much through the process and relied heavily on two Craftsy classes in particular:

The Essential Guide to Sewing with Lace : This was the first class I purchased from Craftsy. I had purchased some beautiful guipure lace off of eBay and was absolutely petrified of cutting into it and sewing with it. As I watched Alison Smith teach about lace, I began to feel much more confident, although I found it quite humorous that I happened to pick one of the most difficult laces to work with! Alison is really an enjoyable teacher and is great at making techniques approachable and understandable.

Couture Dressmaking Techniques : After gaining so much from the course on sewing with lace, I purchased Couture Dressmaking Techniques. This class, again taught by Alison Smith, specifically addressed other areas that I needed to understand to construct my dress, such as boning, underlining and lining. It goes with Alison’s course Couture Finishing Techniques .

Inspiration

The look I wanted for my wedding dress was based on a sweetheart neckline underneath a full lace bodice. Very much inspired by 1950’s illusion dresses. I wanted it to be floor length with the top layer of the skirt in chiffon. I also found some gorgeous Juliet veils and determined I wanted one in that style. Check out my Pinterest board  to see what inspired me!

With this in mind, I went searching for a pattern that I could use and modify. I found McCalls 6646.

Wedding Dress Construction: I used McCalls 6646 to start my dress.

Neither the skirt or the neckline fit what I wanted, but both of those could be changed. I mostly needed a pattern for the fitted bodice and lace overlay, and this one fit.

Next Time

Next time we’ll walk through the beginnings of the dress and the creation of the bodice in particular. See you next Friday!

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