Handmade Wedding Dress: Part 1 - Inspiration

Handmade Wedding Dress: Part 1 - Inspiration

The road to our wedding has been a winding one, for sure. We have set dates, postponed dates, picked locations, dropped locations only to circle back around to our original locations. It has definitely been a bit of a mind swirling ordeal, which is why I haven’t talked much of it since I mentioned Arlen and I were even engaged.

But we have finally nailed down a date and location and teeny-tiny, micro guest list and now I realize that… there is not much time left to actually make the wedding garments for both myself and Arlen- eeep! So, as soon as we had a date set in stone I worked backwards to figure out all that I needed to get done with time to spare. 

Over the next few months, I will be putting together a weekly post sharing the progress of both my wedding dress and Arlen’s suit every Monday. It is my hope that by sticking to a schedule I will in fact get these two items done in a timely manner (and not be sewing the day of our wedding when I hope to be simply relaxing and enjoying the weather!)

Today, I wanted to share with you all a bit of the inspiration behind my dress. This has ALSO been a long, winding, back-and-forth kind of adventure. It started with a dress I had a dream about years ago, morphed into an idea Arlen had envisioned, and then finally settled to a place of perfection given the timeline, fabrics, and overall aesthetic I am after. 


Across the board, however, a few themes kept popping up over and over again. These are all items I intend to bake into my final dress in some way, shape, or form. 

The first is that my dress will NOT be a traditional white. I have always known that I wasn’t a white dress kind of gal and settled very early on for the idea of a French-Grey-Leaning-To-Blue color.

The next element I have always wanted (and is something I am known for wearing on the daily) is a low back. Everyone has their favorite features about themselves, and mine has always been my back. I am not sure if that is an odd thing to admit, but it’s true - I like my back a lot, even if I hardly ever see it! So a low back is a definite MUST!

I also found through trial and error that I was really drawn to a structured bodice that defined my waist. Generally, I gravitate to fit and flare dresses, primarily because they suit my waist to hip ratio, but this added element of a structured bodice is a newfound obsession! Maybe it’s because I am getting really into bra making or because I have always had a secret love-obsession with corsetry and how beautiful it is on both the inside and out. 

The final bit I am unsure about is the skirt. I am torn between doing a hip hugging, trumpet style dress or a floaty bias cut skirt that wisps around in the wind. I love both styles for different reasons. Maybe if I somehow combine the two….

So, those are my thoughts on my dress! This is always the most fun for me - diving in to inspiration and mashing all of the ideas together. It’s also really cool to look back once everything is physically completed and see how close/ far from the original concept I have gone. 

Next time, I will be back with sharing Part 2: Fabric + Supplies. For some reason, both my fabrics and supplies are giving me a tinge of anxiety that I am hoping to overcome. Does that ever happen to you, too?

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I’m exactly the same over the fabric and supplies! I’ve been working on a design since March for mine, knowing it would take me an age to develop all the ideas into one dress, and I think I’ve finally got there! I put off buying the fabrics for weeks, telling myself I was waiting for payday, but in reality it was anxiety over whether I’d change my mind before the day! I can’t wait to see your progress posts, it’s going to be stunning 😊


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