I am DIYing a… what?!

Hello everyone!

So… I’ve been working on something secretly for a while. And today I am going to tell you guys all about it.

Since I am getting married soon, I am in need of something to wear to my wedding. Most people go into a gown boutique and walk out with their wedding dress (okay, so it is a bit more complicated than that), and I considered doing just that for one wise, intelligent, logical, sane moment.

THEN an idea occurred to me. That tiny creative, rebellious, and very un-sane voice: You know what I could do instead of buying a dress… Why don’t I make my wedding dress?

And you know, there is always that more calm and rational part of my brain (and well, a few well-meaning friends) that try to talk me out of doing difficult things: “That sounds stressful.” “Why do you want to put that kind of pressure on yourself?” “I know you’ve made lots of other things, but…….. a wedding dress?”

And they make a lot of sense, they really do. But NOPE. I never looked back.

The reason why I chose to make my dress is simple. I’ve loved arts and crafts my entire life. When I was five, I made stamps by carving out carrots with a knife (yup that was a legit art class back in the day in China). When I was eight, I made a book out of toilet paper to give to a friend for her birthday (my friend laughed at me, LOL.) I never made another TP book again (thank god), but as I grew older, I came to love sewing. I loved buying second-hand clothing and making them my own. I loved choosing patterns and fabrics. Most of all, I loved the feeling of taking an idea from my brain and making it come to life.

Making my own wedding dress just felt very ME. And doing otherwise is… well, not me at all.

Today I want to share with you guys some of the progress that I’ve made on my wedding dress. Right now it is still in the very initial stages. Because this is my first time making a gown, and because I wanted it to look awesome, I decided to start off by making a draft using cheap fabric, before going on to make the real thing. (That’s why there are lots of creases here, lol.)

I decided to go with a ball gown style, because this is the shape that looks best on me. I’ve also always been curious what it is like to wear a ball gown! As you can see, there is a structured bodice followed by a circle skirt.

(Because this is my draft version- You can see some of the markings I’ve made on the bodice!)

Here are some action shots: (And yup, that’s Zander coming in to steal my thunder.)

For my actual gown, I’m planning to have lots more layers in the bottom, so that it would actually poof up like a ball gown. But overall I am happy with how things are going 🙂

In terms of next steps, I’m going to get a bit more practice making a boned bodice using a stiffer fabric (which is more similar to the fabric I will use for the actual gown.)


What creative ventures have you been up to recently? What is the most recent thing that you’ve tried that is different or rebellious? Let me know if you would like more wedding dress updates!

54 responses to “I am DIYing a… what?!”

  1. It sounds like quite an undertaking, but if it’s you – go for it!

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  2. I can’t wait to see your finished dress. I really like the style.

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    1. Yay! Thank you for the encouragement 🙂 🙂

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  3. You are an awesome person Sophie! It’s an amazing project and I would love more updates!

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    1. Thank you Michael!! 🙂 🙂

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  4. thebookofjess7504 Avatar
    thebookofjess7504

    Oh my god! This is amazing! I do hope it’ll turn up great at the end and you’ll look like Cinderella at her wedding! Good luck!

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    1. I’m so glad! Thank you for the encouragement ❤ 🙂

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      1. thebookofjess7504 Avatar
        thebookofjess7504

        Aw you’re welcome! 💕

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  5. This is insanely impressive! I would be so daunted to start a project like this, but it seems like you’ve dived right in with confidence! 😀 I love how it looks so far, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like in its full ball gown glory! ❤

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    1. Thank you Margaret!! I’m so glad you like how it looks so far 🙂 more updates coming up!!

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  6. AHHHH WOW, I screamed (like, really. Oops). This is so amazing, Sophie, wow and it already looks so, so pretty so far. I admire you so much for taking on such a project and hope to see the final result at some point, I’m certain you’ll look absolutely stunning in it.Best of luck for all of it! ❤ ❤

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    1. Aww thank you so much for the encouragement Marie ❤ I’m glad to hear that you like how this dress looks so far! More updates coming up! 🙂

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  7. Oh my god this is AMAZING!!! I have the highest respect, because this is such a huge project! You can totally do it!! All the best luck with your project and I would totally love to see the finished product someday if you feel comfortable doing so ❤

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    1. Aww thank you so much for the encouragement Caro! It means a lot to me! ❤ More updates coming up 🙂

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  8. That’s amazing! Congratulations by the way.

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  9. Oh my god this is amazing Sophie! 🙂 ❤ I love that you are DIY-ing your own wedding dress, it's definitely very 'you' (what I know of you from having followed your blog for however long I've been following your blog). You seem like you're making great progress so far, I think the main thing is that you're happy with how it's going and it certainly seems like. I really hope you'll share some photos on the finished design, from how you've described it I'm sure it will be beautiful. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Beth for the super sweet and encouraging comment ❤ yes I will be sharing updates once in a while and definitely the finished product 🙂

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      1. That’s all right ❤️ and yay I’m very excited to hear that! I’m going to be looking forwards to more of these posts (and seeing the finished design too!) 😀

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      2. Yay!! Aw thank you 😀

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  10. OMG IM SO EXCITED TO SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT! this is AMAZING.

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  11. I think this is so amazing! And I wish you the best of luck!

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  12. I love that you are making your own wedding dress!! 😍 That makes it so special and it will be a really nice journey for your creating it. I am loving how it looks so far– the style is lovely and would love to see more!! Best of luck for it all!! 💕
    I alter some of my tops but that the most creative I have gotten with clothes so far!!

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    1. Thank you!! Haha it will certainly be a journey 🙂 I am glad you’re liking the style so far.
      That’s awesome that you do some diy as well. I would love to see some of your creations!

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      1. You’re welcome 💛 Yes I have three tops I have been meaning to get to soon so maybe I will take before and after picture and see how well it goes!! 😄

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      2. I would love to see the before and after photos 😀

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      3. Yeah I will do that when I finally do them 😂

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  13. Wow, kudos to you for wanting to make your own wedding dress! I wish you luck on making it! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Meghan!! 🙂

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    Louise Brady, Author

    This is such an awesome idea 🙂 I wish I had the skills to make my own dress too!

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    1. Thank you Louise 🙂

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  17. Eeee so excited to see all the layers that get added. Looks like the shape is coming along really well!

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    1. Thanks!!!! It means a lot coming from a fellow crafter haha 🙂 what projects have you been working on recently?

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  18. It is a huge project, but I have seen what you can do and I’m sure your dress will be fabulous. I think this is a fabulous idea. It is YOUR day and you deserve to have it exactly the way you want it. Congrats Sophie.

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    1. Aww this means a lot to me, especially coming from you Dominique!! I’m glad to hear that you think this is a good idea so far. I am a bit nervous but definitely excited about the next steps in this project 🙂

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      1. You will do a great job. You always do. Besides, you are highly motivated so your creativity will be at its best! Enjoy your trip by the way.

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      2. Thank you Dominique 🙂

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  19. A-Ma-Zing! Totally smart to make a “muslin” of your prototype before you decide upon the final draft. Are you keeping it all hidden from your fiance?

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    1. Yeah 🙂 I wanted to buy actual muslin however it would end up being pretty expensive since I needed 6m of the fabric! My fiance is seeing my progress from beginning to end haha. He’s the one offering reassurance when I get frustrated with sewing. With a small place it is really hard to hide! However we are not superstitious about the wedding dress so i think it is okay 🙂

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    creativelittlecwtch

    I’m making my own wedding dress too! 😁 Largely because I want a navy one but also because why not?! Good luck with yours!

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    1. Wow that’s so awesome that you’re making your own wedding dress too!! When is your wedding? What style are you thinking? And overall how has it been so far?!

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        creativelittlecwtch

        Hi Sophie, my wedding’s not until November this year but I guess I started planning my dress in theory around 2017 when we got engaged! 😆 It’s navy blue, ball gown, lace sleeves, and I want to add an interesting flounce detail on the back of the skirt, which I need to figure out! So far it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions from ‘I can do this, it’ll be fun!’ right through to ‘Why am I putting myself through this stress?! I should just buy one!’. 😂😂 How about you?? I’ve toiled the bodice and part of the skirt so far. Not sure whether to stick with the petticoat I bought or make one from scratch.

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      2. Hahaha I know what you mean, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for me too. Half the time I am loving how things are coming along and feeling proud of what I’ve accomplished, the other half of the time I am super stressed out and worried that it won’t go well hahaha XD
        I love your vision of the wedding dress so far. It’s great that you’ve already started drafting it, it sounds like.
        As for the petticoat of my dress, I cheated a bit and bought an old wedding dress from a second-hand store that I am using the petticoat of haha. I’ve done some research into how to make one, and it sounds like it could be very time-consuming. Also, skill-wise I don’t think I’m there yet! However I think it can be done if you put your mind to it, especially if you have a shape you have in mind that is different from the petticoat that you already own 🙂
        Best of luck! I would definitely love to hear updates about your progress!

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