- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2009
PS. If you don’t want to read this terribly long dress saga, skip to the end to see the final version of my wedding dress!
I wedding dress shopped at least three times, with what I thought was a pretty clear picture of what I wanted….the only thing I wasn’t sure about was the neckline I was looking for. I always assumed I’d go simple strapless, but when I saw it on me, i wasn’t as wowed.
I kept finding little features of a dress that I loved, but never found the whole package. So 5 months before the wedding, I decided to order a custom made dress!
These were the inspiration photos I gave the seamstress:
Tried on by me here (about 6 sizes too big)
my mom cried when I came out of the dressing room like this, and I felt the most comfortable…so that’s how I decided on the v-neckline.
I wanted the neck and rouching to be the same on my dress, but the casablance had thin straps and straight backline which I hated!
Here’s the inpiration for the back:
Watching the dress come together was a painful process. It started out looking like nothing I wanted. My first fitting was a little disappointing, but I had to remember a custom made dress isn’t going to look perfect at the first fitting!
On the bright side, she nailed the rouching, body and skirt.
I asked her to lower and uncross the fabric in the neckline, make the *cherry tomato* coverage a little smoother and smaller, (Hello, righty!…you’re not that much bigger than lefty!), thin the straps. and make the back wider and lower.
Getting closer. The straps still weren’t thin enough and the top still wasn’t quite small enough (especially on my right side)
here’s the comparison from 1st to 2nd fitting:
At the second fitting I also picked a bustle. Because I chose a one point and my dress had pleats, I had a hard time keeping it looking how I wanted to on the wedding day:
Train and Bustle:
At the wedding, I kept having wings!
At my final fitting, just a week before the wedding, there were still some things that needed to be taken care of…like taking it in a good 3 inches!
Rather than have to come back and try again, my very patient seamstress fixed them on the spot. I don’t have any pictures of the third fitting, but here’s how the dress came out: I absolutely adored the final product and felt beautiful in it all day!