Making My Wedding Dress! (Part 1)

– Guess who’s getting married!? (wedding song music) (chilled house music) I am getting married, rather
too soon for my liking, and I have not got a dress yet, because for quite a few
years I have thought, if I get married, then I wanna
make my own wedding dress. And I just couldn’t
find the right pattern, until a few months ago, when I found this. This is a vintage McCall
pattern, from the 1930s, and it’s actually a
reproduction of that pattern, made by this lovely person here. Because it’s a reproduction I am hoping, fingers crossed, that it will have some updated instructions
for the modern sewist. Because I find vintage pattern
instructions so confusing. Anyway, this is probably going to be a several part video series, because first, before I make my actual, finished wedding dress, I am going to make a mock-up
in a different fabric, so that I can make sure
that I have it down pat, and can make any alterations before I cut out my really
nice wedding dress fabric. So, I have had a peek at it, and the paper pattern in
here is just one giant sheet, from which I have to cut
out all my pattern pieces, so, let’s throw this on the
floor, start cutting it out, and let’s have a chat
while we’re down there. This is just the instructions. So, they look like the original
1930s instructions to me. This is the pattern. (upbeat 1930s music) Just keeps going and going. It is safe to say that at this point I am feeling just a tad overwhelmed. All right. Get my wrists nice and limber. Time to cut a lot of paper. ♪ Cutting out the pattern
and we’re gonna get married ♪ Well, this is infuriating
slow, so, for you guys, you get a time-lapse. ♪ It’s time for another time-lapse song ♪ ♪ I’m worried it won’t be
as good as the first one ♪ ♪ Oh, what’s that, the first one you ask ♪ ♪ Well, friend, that’s a video
that was uploaded in the past ♪ and you would have memorized
it and sing it every day if you were a true fan of this channel. ♪ A time-lapse is useful, don’t you see ♪ ♪ So you don’t have to
sit through hours three ♪ ♪ Of me doing something that
is really quiet prolonged ♪ ♪ Instead you get a cool
time-lapse and a time-lapse song ♪ ♪ I am done ♪ So I started cutting the patterns out on the thick line there, and then that became far too tedious, trying to cut it
perfectly out on the line, so then I just cut roughly around it. Anyway, so when I do use
this to cut out the fabric, I’ll just put this down,
flat, on the fabric, and then I’ll go over
the thicker outer line with my rotary cutter,
hoping that will work. Anyway, these need ironing
before I do anything else. ♪ Ironing some paper with no steam ♪ ♪ I hope it doesn’t catch on fire ♪ I’ve just got a song in my heart today. All right, I successfully did that without starting any fires. Now I’m gonna lay the pieces out, so that I can see how many we have, what we’re dealing with, how much fabric it looks like I’ll need. All right. So, we’ve got the front pieces, the side piece, the two
straps, and the back pieces, and all of these need to be cut out twice. Twice. Yep, I foresee a lot of cutting
fabric out in my future. (cellphone keys tapping)
(outgoing messages whooshing) (incoming message tinging) Oh look, it’s me, (laughs)
cutting things out. Oh, my hair grew so long. Instead of cutting things out yourself get your friends to do it for you instead. – Hello, I love to snip. – So, I’m actually not
forcing Fiona to be here. – Let me out. – She is here of her own free will. We kind of struck up a deal. Fiona is selling the most adorable cross-stitch
dress up doll patterns. Some of the outfits look like Mario and Princess Peach. (laughs)
– No they don’t. Don’t get me for copyright, okay? Don’t tell people that. – Some of the outfits are generic princess and generic overalls, with red t-shirt, and they’re very cute. And there’s some other really cute outfits that go with it as well. This would be such a good gift for anybody who loves
cross-stitch in your life, or for you to stitch up yourself, and make as a gift for
a kid, for Christmas, or an adult, honestly, because I had so much fun playing with it. – I love to snip. ♪ Now this is Fiona’s time-lapse tune ♪ ♪ Who is making quick work
of this fabric all strewn ♪ ♪ What a great friend to help me ♪ ♪ What a show of mateship ♪ ♪ In Fiona’s own words ♪ – I love to snip. – Teamwork makes the dream work. I’m just laying the pieces out ’cause it helps my brain figure out how I’m gonna sew them together. This is all the front pieces of the dress and this is all the back pieces. The fabric I’m using for the mock-up is just this cheap second hand fabric that I literally have so much of. I have this uncle who
once had this company and he was getting rid of
a whole lot of fabric rolls that were in his basement. Long story. Anyway, it’s so good to be using it up and this pattern needed about
five meters of this stuff. Most importantly, I know this fabric doesn’t
shrink when you wash it, which is good, because
I couldn’t be bothered pre-washing it. I actually do want this
mock-up to be wearable, if at all possible, so I am doing it in a fabric that I would actually love to wear, and also it is basically the same shade as the color of what is going to be my
final wedding dress fabric, which is, drum roll please.
(drum roll) This fabric here. So with the mock-up I’ll be
able to get a really good idea of what my final piece will look like. Okay, less bitchin’, more stitchin’. (sighing) These instructions, y’all. (mimics crying) Why do you have to go and
make things so complicated? I guess that everyone,
(clearing throat) well, everyone raised as a woman in the 1930s, knew how to sew, so the instructions
don’t hold your hand all the way through, and they assume they
know what you’re doing. Rude. I need that hand-holding. You can’t just spring
“make underfacing” on me. All right then, what did I say before? Less bitchin’, more stitchin’. Yeah. Okay. Psych, I gave up on it for the day and I went swimming instead. Next day. So, interestingly, according
to the instructions I need to start with a finishing. Specifically I need to finish the neckline with “mitered bias underfacing”. However, the instructions
on just how to do that are very sparse. They assume I know how to do that already. Never done it in my life. Luckily this isn’t the
1930s, and Google exists. After absorbing many a
tutorial from the internet I’m going to show you how
I applied bias binding to a corner. Also, I’m going to assume
some basic knowledge of how to apply bias binding here. Oh, by the way, this hairstyle here, yeah, that’s not a fashion
thing that I’m trying on. I mean, like it kind of is. This isn’t the final product. I’ve got these hair rollers in ’cause I’m currently setting my hair, so that I’ll have beautiful,
voluminous, bouncy curls. Mm, yeah. So, yeah. Step one, get some bias binding
that kinda sorta matches. Good enough for the mock-up. For the actual wedding dress I’ll probably make bias
tape from the actual fabric. Step two, pin the bias
binding right sides together, to the right side of the fabric, as you normally would to the first edge. Step three, when you’ve reached the corner fold the bias tape like I’m
doing with my fingers here, folding it at like a 90 degree angle. Some extra bias tape fabric
will be folded underneath in order for you to make that turn. Then pin it in place, and continue pinning the bias
tape on, up the other side. (upbeat 1930s music) Step four, now it’s all nicely pinned on, it’s time to sew it in place. Sew on the ditch made in
the bias tape to apply it, starting at the edge we pinned, then when you get to the corner, sew until you reach the ditch on the tape on the second edge. Leave the needle in the
fabric, lift the presser foot, and pivot, so that you’re
going down that second edge. And then, keep sewing. Looking good so far. Step five, cut notches
into the seam allowance, making sure not to cut
through the stitches. This will make the neckline
look as neat as possible when it’s folded over. Step six, flip the bias tape over to the wrong side of the fabric. Press with an iron, so
it’s all flat and crisp. So that there’s no visible stitching on the right side of the fabric, a lot of blogs told me to
hand-stitch the bias tape down on the wrong side. But I actually don’t care. At least for the mock-up, I’m just gonna sew this
baby down, with my machine, and then maybe, for my
actual wedding dress, I will slip stitch it so you can’t see. Future Annika, when you’re rewatching this to make your wedding dress, don’t be lazy, slip stitch the neckline. Lazy folks, step seven is to stitch the bias
tape to the neckline, on the wrong side, with
your sewing machine, just like I’m doing here. Mitered corners achievement unlocked. I’m so proud of this. Look at it. Look at this mitered corner. She’s beautiful. Now I’ve gotta make some pleats. I am now transferring
the marks for the pleats from the pattern piece, to
the back of this front piece, using carbon transfer
paper and a tracing wheel, which looks like this. This part was easy. All I had to do was fold the
fabric at the solid line, and bring it to the dotted
line, pin it in place and then repeat that, so
doing it twice on each side, and then baste the pleats into place. I also had to make the same pleat on the center of this piece and then the instructions
soy to tack this in place? After 10 minutes of confused Googling, about what the difference
between tack and baste means, I realized tack is the same as baste. Why have you used two different terms for the same damn thing? At this point I think these instructions are just trying to trip me up. Another note to future Annika, don’t be lazy at this point, hand sew this on your
wedding dress fabric. Past Annika’s just gonna
use her sewing machine. Now the fun begins, and I actually get to start sewing the dress pieces to each other. That is, when I can find the actual piece I’m meant to join this to, because there’s a lot here,
and they all look the same. Again, the instructions
for this are real sparse. They really just says, “Sew
lower front to upper front”. I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that that means sew it
right sides together. And look how nicely those
two pieces slot together. Of course, this is garment sewing, and so they’ll need to be
attached right sides together, so I’ll just flip this over… (groans) Now, those two edges
don’t go together at all. How do I sew two reverse
zigzags to each other? Okay, cool, cool, cool. This pattern is my nightmare. It was then that I decided to leave the project alone for the day and come back to it
tomorrow, with fresh eyes. Oh, and, by the way, this is
the final look with my hair. Not at all sewing related, I
just wanted to prove to you that I was actually doing something with those rollers there. So, ran away yesterday, when
I realized what I had to do for this dress. I have to sew a bunch of inset seams. Now, I haven’t really done
a lot of inset seams before. I’ve been putting off learning. But I guess now I kinda have to. (sighing) So this afternoon, I spent a few hours learning and then having
fun practicing inset seams, which is something no
one has ever said, ever. Anywho, I got progressively better at it. This is kind of what we’re
aiming for, with the dress, but with the same fabric
on both sides, obviously. So for the uninitiated, an inset seam is synonymous to torture, and it’s where you take a piece of fabric that has an inside corner like this, and try to sew it to another piece that has an outside corner, by sewing it right sides together. You see how this gets tricky? As you can see, my
wedding dress has not one, not two, but three of
these corners in a row, which is a lot for someone who has never done this technique until today. Nonetheless, let’s freaking do it. With a chalk pencil I marked
out the seam allowance on both the right side and
the wrong sides of the fabric on the two seams that
I’m gonna be attaching. I also made a cross where the two seam allowances
intersected at the corners. That cross is important,
because it’s the point at which I’m going to leave
my needle down in the fabric and then turn. This needs to be precise. So, I started by just pinning
that first seam in place, and then sewing it normally. When I reached the corner, I put my needle down through
that cross, at the corner, and leaving the needle down,
brought the presser foot up and swiveled the top
piece of fabric around so that the next two edges line up, matching up the notches
as closely as I could, and then I can start
sewing down the next seam. I sewed down this side, until
I got to the center of it. Then I secured my stitches, and I took the dress out from
under the sewing machine. I flipped the project around,
so that I’ll be continuing from the same spot, just on
the other side of the fabrics. And then I repeated what I did before. Sewed down to the chalk
cross on the corner, left the needle in the
fabric, turned the fabric, pulled the top bit of fabric over, and then continued sewing
to the middle of that seam, and switch. Then repeat one last time. I hope that mad sense, ’cause it was really
freaking complicated to do. The seam was then pretty
funky to press open, but press it open I did, using
one of these, a tailors ham. I love the name for them, which really helped me out with pressing these
weird corners properly. (sighing) I did it. (laughs) look at this. It’s so good. I am so happy, ’cause
I honestly didn’t think I was gonna be able to do that. And I think that’s
probably the hardest seam of this dress, fingers crossed. So, next step. Let’s see what minimal
instructions it has for us. It says, step three,
“Sew back to side back”. So that means this part’s gonna be left
aside for the moment. Next I laid out the back piece
and the two side back pieces. Then I pinned this right side back on, right sides together with the back piece, and sewed down it’s length. Then I pinned the other one
on, right sides together, but leaving the top part open and unsewed, as that is where the hook and eye closure will eventually be going, and sewed down it’s length. And now, to this back
and side back section, I am adding the two side pieces. Ooh, and look how much
fabric we’ve got down here. This dress is going to swish. Let’s have a chat while
I pin these, shall we? I think that this is one of
the most fashionable outfits I’ve ever worn. Nah, they’re just my pajamas, I’m not getting out of my pajamas today. It’s 35 degrees and
incredibly smokey outside, so I’m not leaving the house and I’m not gonna get out
of my pajamas today either. So, I just posted something to Instagram that said that I’m starting
work on my wedding dress, and a few people commented that making your own wedding dress is bad luck. Thanks guys. Well, I can’t say that
I believe in bad luck. I believe that the universe
is chaotic, and random, and often quite unfair,
but I am not at all a superstitious person. But just to demonstrate the differences between me and Luci on this, hey, Luci. – Hmm. – I’m gonna open an umbrella
in my YouTube video. – [Luciano] (laughs) Oh, don’t do that. – Hey, Luci. – [Lucian] It’s bad luck. (laughs) – Hey, Luci.
– Yes. – I hope my head explodes. – [Luciano] Okay, but say
you don’t mean it. (laughs) Oh, you’re torturing me. Say you were joking. – I was joking. (Annika laughing) – [Luciano] Please don’t
open an umbrella inside. – Anyway, after learning about this, I was interested to find out what other superstitions
there were around weddings all around the world. There are a lot. Finding a spider on your
wedding dress is considered, some websites said bad
luck, some said good luck, and well, I live in Australia,
the home of spiders. I mean that’s probably something
that’s just gonna happen. Another one is have a
cat eat out of your left, left, it’s important, have a cat eat out of
your left wedding shoe. That is good luck, apparently. So, if you’re not gonna
make your own wedding dress for luck reasons, you also gotta let a cat
eat out of your left shoe. It’s also super disgusting. Now, one that still seems
to be big in America, from what I can tell, the groom shouldn’t see
the brides wedding dress. Now, obviously I’m just talking about very heterosexual weddings here. But (laughs) this one is
definitely not gonna happen with me an Luci. This dress is taking up an
entire room of our house, and I can’t just be to Luci, “Hey, you can’t go in
one third of our house “for several months”. Plus, I am really excited
about making this dress and with all of my projects,
Luci’s usually the first person that I show, ’cause I get
really excited to show him and he’s so supportive of me. He loves seeing the things that I make. And that’s why we’re getting married. Okay, I’ve pinned this together. Let’s take it over to the sewing machine. ♪ Doop de doop doop doop ♪ That’s me, sewing these seams in place. Also, I didn’t mention this before, but for the mock-up
I’m finishing each seam just using pinking shears,
and then pressing them open. For the actual wedding dress I’m probably gonna do something a little bit more fancy, ’cause I really don’t want
the seams to fray on that one. Okay, folks, I think that’s
gonna do it for this episode. Otherwise, at this rate, I’m not gonna get a video
out for several months. Pattern’s a lot harder
than I was anticipating. As is becoming abundantly clear, this dress is more of a
marathon than a sprint. So, we gotta pace, we
gotta conserve our energy, because we still have a long way to go. Now, stick around for
some post video bloops, but right now, I have
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like wet toilet paper. – Oh man, Luci. – Hello, did someone replace
my paper water bottle – Ugh.
– with a pile of slops? Of papery slop?
– This is not gonna work. (Luciano laughing) Thank you to this episode’s sponsors, Squarespace for helping to
make this video possible, and to my amazing Patreon family, I literally wouldn’t be able to make
these videos without you, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. Oh, and I also have new merch. This bag rules, literally. There’s a ruler right there. I’ve also got this pin, which
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down below the video. I’ll see you all for Part Two, where hopefully I can get this
dang mock-up dress sewn up, and I can start working on
the actual wedding dress. Stay crafty. Mwah. – Another website I wanted to do is Jeff Goldblum’s Golden Blooms, So, this would be a business where we sell bespoke flower bouquets
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