Making your own wedding dress might seem like a bit of a tall order, particularly when every tutorial I could find on the interwebs starts with "find a pattern you like ...". I have a problem with that: I don't know how to use patterns. And unless you're in the fashion industry, or had a mother who showed you the ropes, I'm sure you find them daunting as well. So here is a wedding dress tutorial that doesn't require you to know how to read patterns! Scroll down to the "How to" bit for my instructions.
As for the under $100 dollars part, here's how much I spent (and what you'll need):
- 3 m of silk georgette in ivory, $66
- 1 m of silk satin, in ivory, $24
- 1 x Silk thread in ivory, $6.70
- 2 m satin ribbon in ivory, $1.40
- 1 x 35 cm zip in ivory, $1.70
Which is a total of $99.80! I already owned the gold belt I used with the dress, but a cheap option, that works really well, is a wide satin ribbon in ivory ($0.70 p/m).
I bought everything from Tessuti Fabrics, but had to visit both the Sydney city branch and the Chatswood branch to find the cheapest options.
When it comes to buying your own fabric you'll have to consider your needs. For example Louise measures 1.48 m from shoulder to floor, so the total length of silk georgette needed was 3 m to compensate for the hem. However, if she wanted to wear heels and have a train she would need to buy at least 3.5m of fabric. As for the lining, Louise has a hip measurement of 85 cm which means 1 m of silk satin (the fabric had a width of 1.55 m) was enough.
If you don't feel like making the lining (the trickier bit) as well, simply buy a type of silk which isn't as see through as georgette.
Here are my illustrated instructions for the entire process.
The finished product:
Words by Celeste Hulme, photos by Celeste Hulme and Louise Krynauw