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Tips to Design Your Own Dress

Tips to Design Your Own Dress

Do you want to know how you can design your own dress? Whether you want to design your prom dress, a cocktail dress or your wedding dress, it can be done quite easily.
Rimlee Bhuyan
Do you love watching Project Runway, and wish that you too could design beautiful dresses for yourself? When you go shopping and don't find a dress that fits you or a design that flatters you, it is time to turn into a fashion designer and design your own dress. Contrary to what most people will tell you, for dress designing you do not require a degree in fashion design from a reputable school. All you need besides having an impeccable fashion sense is an eye for fashion trends, creativity, good observation, and meticulous attention to detail.

Designing Your Own Dress

Well, first thing that you should know is your body type, accept all its flaws and then think carefully how you can conceal them. The next step is to take a look at all the clothes you have in your wardrobe. You may have dresses that you have bought long ago but do not fit you well. A good way to start designing your own dress is to see how you can redesign these dresses and make it something that you can wear. Refer to latest magazines and see which dress designs are currently in fashion. The Internet also offers a wide range of possibilities to help you design your own clothes online. Your old maxi dress can be revived by just changing its design from flowy to structured. All you have to do is streamline the maxi dress by cutting out the extra fabric from the sides, so that it hugs your curves. Sew a satin ribbon under the bust and your old maxi dress is instantly turned into an empire line dress. After you have experimented this way, you can create some designs for a fresh dress.

Prom Dress
A prom dress design should be glamorous and romantic and you should design one according to your body shape and structure. If you are top-heavy, then prom dresses with a halter neck or an empire line dress will look excellent on you. If you have big hips and love handles, then the best way to design your own prom dress is to choose a dress that is fitted at the top and falls in a straight line from the waist. Stay away from anything overly frilly and voluminous. For those with smaller bust, the idea here is to create curves and the best way to do so is to go for lots of layers and pleats. You can also design your own prom dress with a sweetheart neckline, a boat neck or even a corset. A very trendy design for a prom dress is to opt for a beautiful origami dress or a one shouldered dress. Fabric choices may include silk, organza, satin, and lace. Choose dark jewel tones if you have an olive complexion, and pastel colors if you are fair-skinned. After you are done designing your own dress for the prom, the next step is to either sew it yourself or get help from a reputed seamstress. If you are not good at sewing, please don't attempt to do it as you might end up ruining the dress.

Wedding Dress
At first the idea of designing your own wedding dress might seem to be a crazy proposition, but there is no greater joy than walking down the aisle in your very own creation. Imagine telling your wedding guests that it is you who designed the beautiful gown. To design your own wedding dress go through as many catalogs and wedding magazines as you can, to get a clear idea of what you want. Decide whether you want a traditional all white pristine wedding dress design or a contemporary design. A good wedding dress design is to opt for a strapless wedding dress with lace details and a flowy organza skirt. If you want something more haute couture than go for a design that has a pearl and white jewel-encrusted bodice with a voluminous skirt made of tulle, and then hand sewn with white feathers. This design is sure to create quite a stir at your wedding. It is best to take the services of a professional seamstress for creating your wedding dress. Make sure that she understands all the design elements of your dress and if possible purchase all the materials for the dress. In this way, you can be sure that your seamstress is using the best quality materials and you can avoid any unpleasant surprises in the future.

Bridesmaid Dress
To design a dress for the bridesmaid, you need to choose a design that your bridesmaid can carry off. The best bridesmaid dress design that is suitable for all women, is the classic sheath dress or shift dress. A shift dress in silk or satin in a soothing color like lavender or wine is best as it is suitable for all complexions. If you want something more dramatic, why not go for an origami dress with pleats at the bodice and the origami detail at the skirt? Another dress design for the bridesmaid is a fifties style dress complete with a full skirt and floral design. There are many websites which will let you design your own dress online for a small fee, so you can take help from them too.

Remember for a design to be pleasing and attractive; it has to suit you. There is no point in wearing the latest trend, when it fails to make you look great. You can also design clothes for kids, according to your own style and adaptations. Designing your own dresses is sure to bring you lot of joy and pride.