My Handmade Wedding Dress

Photos by Stella Photography

My husband and I… (do we still get a cheer for that?) got our wedding photos back from the photographer recently and I’m excited to be able to share the finished outfit with you all. It truly was a labour of love with its fair share of road bumps along the way, but absolutely worth it.

Photos by Stella Photography

In my most recent vlog, part 4 in the series, I share how I answered the question “should I make my own wedding dress?” as well as a good few photos and a final round up of the patterns I used.

You can find the rest of the series here:

Part 1 – The Inspiration

Part 2 – The Fabric Haul

Part 3 – The Process

Part 4 – The Reveal

The big twist in the tale (spoiler alert) is that it wasn’t actually a dress in the end. I decided to go the non-traditional route and made Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet, paired with the Ogden Cami by True Bias with a cropped lace overlay for detail.

Photos by Stella Photography

My biggest pieces of advice for anyone who’s planning to make their own dress are make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Despite planning this dress for four years, I was still sewing the morning before the big day!

Photos by Stella Photography

Don’t underestimate the fact that you might hit some speed bumps you hadn’t planned for. I knew sewing with silk charmeuse was going to be difficult because it moves around like nobody’s business, but I hadn’t anticipated that it would tend to tear.

Photos by Stella Photography

And finally, don’t let anyone pressure you into giving up. I found a lot of people, especially people close to me, tried to talk me out of making my dress. Throughout, I had to remind myself that their worry is because they care about me, but at the end of the day it’s just a dress and as long as you’re marrying the person you love does it matter if it’s hemmed? (I’m joking! It was totally hemmed.)

Photos by Stella Photography

Have you made your wedding dress/out fit? Is it something you would contemplate doing in the future? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Photos by Stella Photography

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  • Kathryn on

    you both look fantastic – what an amazing wedding dress! you made the right decision and looked fabulous

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