So this post might not be for everyone, but give it a chance, you never know, you might amaze yourself!
I made my own wedding dress; I've made a few pieces of clothing before and plenty of other textile items like cushions and curtains and I consider myself quite creative but even if you're not, this is still something you can do (honest).
I made my dress without a pattern because I had a specific idea of what I wanted and because I've had some experience of making garments before I had an idea of how they were constructed. It took me a long time (around 4 months) doing bits here and there on an evening but it was well worth it.
A wedding dress can cost you anything from hundreds to thousands, the closest I found to the kind of simple bohemian design that I had in my mind cost £2500 which I simply couldn't justify spending, so I thought I'd have a bash at it myself.
I bought the fabric at wholesale prices and it cost me around £50 for the amount that I used.
Making it without a pattern was pretty hard and I probably wouldn't recommend it unless you know a bit about how dresses are constructed!
However there are some great patterns out there that give full instructions, here is a collection of my favorite patterns some of which could easily be adapted and altered...
The One Shoulder Dress from Burda Style
A simple and beautiful style perfect for a spring or summer wedding, this dress would work well made with layers of soft lightweight silk or chiffon.
The Empire Dress by Anne Klein for Vogue
Imagine this contemporary design made in an oyster silk embellished with a few beaded lace appliques (very Jenny Packham)
The Mini Lace Dress from Burda Style
This would be really cute for a casual city wedding, it would look particularly pretty with a coloured lining under a loose lace. This design would be really easy & cheap to make...
The Badgley Mischka Empire Dress
I love this statement dress but it would be a little more advanced than some of the other designs
The Empire Dress from Burda Style
This is the pattern I nearly used for my own dress, the shape is really flattering but I wanted sleeves. This design has the option of straps or a sheer back bolero style that gives sweet little cap sleeves. This would be lovely for a country wedding and would look particularly wonderful with a floral crown...
The 50's Pin Up Dress by Butterick
Of course if you can't handle the idea of making your own dress but would dearly love that bespoke handmade dress of your dreams, my top advice would be to shop local. Support local independent designers and boutiques check the directory for some beautifully handcrafted dresses
I would LOVE to see some dresses made by other brides so if you made your own dress or if you are planning on making your own get in touch!