One of the things I truly enjoyed about planning our wedding was having my sister make my dress. It gave me something to talk about with people who were obviously more into wedding planning than I was. My sister isn’t professionally trained as a seamstress. She made my niece and nephew’s intricate Halloween costumes for years as well as two authentic 19th Century dresses, however. I knew she could handle my much simpler design. I was proud that she could do something so amazing and, in the end, I was proud of myself for having come of up with the design for my homemade wedding dress.
My Homemade Wedding Dress
My inspiration for the dress silhouette came from knowing a few things I wanted and not seeing it anywhere. I was in a friend’s bridal party a few years ago. She had fabulous bold pink, peep-toe designer shoes that nobody ever saw because her dress covered them up. I thought that was devastating, so I decided that whenever I got married, I would have fabulous shoes (more on that here) and a shorter dress to show them off. I also knew that I didn’t want strapless because my body shape doesn’t do it justice. Still wanting a slightly seductive part to my dress, however, I opted for an eye-catching back.
After searching for a bit on Pinterest, I showed my sister a few options. We decided this plunging, lace-lined back would be the most comfortable for me and the most doable option for her. From there, she offered me samples upon samples of materials, laces, and stitching options. That part was rather stressful for me. Luckily she was very patient as I sorted through all of the choices. We had a fun time making this dress together and I LOVE the way it turned out. Here are some photos of my wedding dress and a few other fun details of the look…