Monday, January 14, 2013

Bridesmaid dresses

I'm bridesmaid for one of my friends in April. Given the dire state of run of the mill "bridesmaid dresses", and the massive price of normal dresses that might be suitable for bridesmaids, I am considering making them. Fortunately it's only me and another girl who is a vaguely similar size... so perhaps it won't be too much work.

I loooove these silk tulle dresses and it's semi tempting to try to make something along these lines. 
willow
Willow
lanvin
Lanvin
   
What do you think? Does anyone have experience in making bridesmaid dresses or am I just asking for drama? Any idea where to buy silk tulle that isn't white/ivory? 
 

14 comments:

  1. I am coming at this question strictly as a person who sews bridal apparel for a living..... Most bridesmaids are not as excited about the wedding as the bride is... What I mean by that is that sometimes getting them to attend fitting sessions can be very frustrating. But, since this is for you and other person, you might be just fine i that area.... Just make sure you allot plenty of time so that you are not pressured at the end!

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  2. I think you should go for it! Just two dresses shouldn't drive you to the brink of insanity (when you get into 5-7 dress territory, JUST SAY NO). I make a few batches of bridesmaids' dresses a year and it can really be a lot of fun! From your inspiration photos it seems the payoff will be worth your sacrifice. :)

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  3. Oh wow, that Willow dress is gorgeous. I have a pattern in an old Burda Magazine that has a bodice with gathering that is kind of similar, I think it uses a georgette over a solid,the effect is very pretty, that dress has been on my to-sew list for maybe 4 years!

    I had a good friend who was bridesmaid for a bride who just asked her girls to wear a yellow dress of their choice so she asked me to make her a dress (I kind of felt pressured into it if I am honest) and I was so nervous, I shook the whole time while making it and saw all my invented flaws in every photo but she loved it and so did everyone else. I still have mixed feelings about that dress. I think I am a more confidant sewer now so I might do it again but they'd have to be a super close friend! Or my sister ;)

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  4. Silk tulle is wonderful to work with, but it is wicked expensive. It is normally only available in white and black, but it takes dye well. You can get a soft nylon tulle in lots of colors.

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  5. I loathe making clothes for anyone but myself and my man as I lack confidence with my skilss and am lazy to boot! You, on the other hand, are very good, si I reckon you would do a fabulous job! And it's only 2 frocks! Last wedding I went to had 5 bridesmaids!
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  6. Wow! They are gorgeous. My mum made the bridesmaids dresses for my wedding and they were gorgeous. It was probably a lot of work because I had 3 girls that she had to fit. My sister is getting married this year and I think she might be making the dresses again. It is so hard to find nice bridesmaids dresses in the shops. If you have the time I think you should go for it. With your sewing skills I am sure they will turn out amazing.

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  7. Your inspiration photos are lovely! I've made bridesmaids dresses once before; for my brother's wedding. The bridesmaids were me and the bride (my now sister-in-law)'s cousin, and I used silk satin, with lace on the bodices... I also made a matching truly adorable flower girl's dress. Good luck! You can get silk tulle at Fabulous Fabrics in several different colours :)

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  9. I love their playful take on this new trend. I especially love all the bright colored prom dresses from ycdress and dressesforbest

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  12. Wow! These dresses with silk tulle are perfect for a straight cut body. I loved your idea of sewing bridesmaid dress. I bought Maggie Sottero Bridesmaid Dresses with layers of cotton tulles for my two bridesmaids. It was wedding gift from my side to both of my lovely friends.

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  13. How did you go with this? I know it was a while ago! I need to get 4 bridesmaid dresses made in perth - do you have any recommendations? I am struggling to find someone!

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