Corinne’s Wedding Dress How To!

Corinne’s Wedding Dress How To!

Hey, Thread Heads. Well, I’m officially
a married woman, woo, and I wanted to share with you how I made my DIY wedding dress, just in case you were interested in making your own version of it. It could work for a prom dress. It could work for a wedding dress.
It could work for a costume. I’m really happy with how
it came out. There’s definitely things
that I would change about it now, knowing what I know now. It was totally a learning process, going through the steps
of figuring out how to make it. I had never made a corset before, so I had to learn how to make
a corset first. I actually made two versions
of the dress before making it
in the duchess satin that I used for the final dress. The fabric that I’d bought
for the final version of the dress was about $25 a yard. I bought my fabric
from this website. Again, it was $25 a yard, so when you’re practicing
making the dress you really want to use something
that does not cost as much. But let me tell you,
even when I used muslin to make a mock-up of the dress, I had that bridal feeling when I tried on the muslin version
of the dress. That’s how in love with it I was. I altered the pattern a little bit
before I made the final version
of the dress, and I totally shouldn’t have
done that because I didn’t have time to test out
the alteration before I did it
on the final fabric. I was literally sewing
the last button on at 6:00 a.m. in the morning, and we were leaving at 7:00 a.m. to get on the plane to fly
to where the wedding was, so it was chaotic. I really don’t feel like I
waited until the last minute. I mean, I spent a lot of time doing mock-ups of the dress
and figuring out the fit and the patterns
and even the skirt of the dress. I originally wanted to do
a fitted skirt that was more of a mermaid-type
situation, and it was really difficult. I couldn’t get it to look
how I wanted it to look, so I abandoned that idea
completely, and I actually ended up using
a circle skirt pattern to make the skirt portion
of the dress. And it worked out really great.
It’s actually super easy The hardest part about making
the dress for me was keeping the fabric clean, because you can get white fabric
dirty like that. So basically, what I had to do
was tape white paper down
all over the floor and do everything on top
of that white paper. So when I was cutting out
the circle skirt— and again, it’s a floor-length
skirt, so the circle was huge. You can learn how to make
your own circle skirt. It’s super simple. It’s literally you make
the big circle and then the smaller middle circle
where your waist hole would be. I have done a circle skirt tutorial
before, but there’s many circle skirt
tutorials here on YouTube. Actually, Secret Life of a Bio Nerd
just did a great one, so if you want to learn how to
make your own circle skirt, I would check out her tutorial. I also made a lining
using the same pattern, but I used a bridal lining fabric that can be found
at They have everything you need
to sew a professional garment. That’s where I got all of my
corset boning from, the steel
boning. I got all the specialty needles
and pins you need to sew satin and silk. You need really, really sharp
needles to sew that type of fabric, otherwise you’ll get puckering,
and no one wants that. You can always try to press out
puckering, but, for the most part,
you’ll always see a slight pucker if you don’t use the right needles
and the right thread. So you really want to take
those precautions because it’s really sad when you’ve
spent a lot of money on your fabric and kind of skimp on the needles and end up that being the downfall
of your garment. So make sure to get
the right needles. Again, has just everything you need. The hardest part about sewing
the skirt portion of the dress was hand hemming the bottom hem
of the skirt. It took about 12 hours. I sat here and watched
wedding movies the whole time
I hemmed it on top of my white paper.
I felt like a crazy person. It just took a really long time, but that’s how you kind of have to
do it with formal garments. You could just do a double-turn hem
and use the sewing machine, and now I’m kind of wishing I
would have done that because I literally got the bottom
of the dress so dirty. When stuff like this happens,
you really question spending 12 hours doing something. There is still twigs in here. Like, I literally have a twig
in the dress. That looks like a footprint. I’m pretty sure that’s a footprint. For the closure of the skirt,
I used an invisible zipper and a waistband, and, again, I’ve done videos on showing you
how to do that. You can watch my how to sew
an invisible zipper video to learn how to sew the zipper and how to sew a skirt waistband
to sew the waist band to the top of the skirt. For the corset top, I used
the method I show in my video on how to
create a costume corset. I do everything the same. I’m using an invisible zipper
in the back to close the back up, but instead of using
plastic boning, which I show in that video,
I used steel boning. It’s a little bit more expensive,
but I’m telling you it’s so much more worth it. Plastic boning only bends
like this, but steel boning bends
back and forth but also
side to side. It’s pretty remarkable. With plastic boning, you can have
some buckling because it’s not going to bend
the way that you need it to bend for the boning channels. For a very simple, straight-forward
corset or bodice top, plastic boning could definitely
work, but for something like this,
that you really want to define
your shape, you really want to use
steel boning. It is so much better. I got all my steel boning
as well, and they sell it
in different lengths, so according to which section
you’re putting that boning in, you want to make sure you know
which size each section of boning you’re going to need. This is kind of like what
the boning looks like. It’s really awesome because, again,
it bends this way, and that’s side to side,
and then obviously it bends
this way. So it’s pretty awesome. This stuff is really cool. And you want to make sure
that it has the boning enders, the little caps
on the end, because, otherwise, you could stick
through your fabric, and you don’t want that to happen. Another difference in the corset
that I made for the wedding dress versus what I show you to make
in my costume corset video is that for the lining fabric I used a cotil. I’m not sure
if I’m saying that right. I’m mostly self-taught, so I’ve never really actually heard
that word spoken to me, but I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced
cotil. It’s what they use
for ballet corsets, and any type of standard
real-deal corset is going to use this fabric. It’s a super strong fabric. It is crazy.
It’s super stiff. There’s no stretch to it. So basically, why you want
to use this is because then,
for your outer fabric, you can use anything you want.
It can even have stretch, really. But once you sew it
together with this lining fabric, that fabric is not moving anywhere. You are going to be—
there is not going to be any stretching
to the outer fabric. Between this fabric
and the steel boning, you’re not going anywhere. Cotil can be kind of expensive, but this website has it
for a really good price, so I would check that out
if you’re interested. Another little detail
that I really loved about the corset that I made
for the wedding dress is that I added black satin buttons to the back, and essentially I just
hand sewed them right through the lining fabric. It was the last thing I did.
It was so last minute. I couldn’t worry about being
all picky about it, so you can definitely still see
the stitching on this side, but they look so beautiful
from this side. I’ve always wanted to have
a wedding dress with buttons down my back. I just love the black satin buttons that I actually got
from a website called As Cute As a Button. So if you’re interested in finding
some black satin buttons, that’s definitely a good place
to get them from. Also, you need the little
button loops. You really don’t need
the button loops because I have the zipper,
and once it’s all zipped together it just looks like they’re buttoned because everything is so close
together-looking, but I wanted to make sure
that I did it right. And the way that I added it
was super easy. Before I put the zipper in, I just sewed it right along
the seam line of one side, but pointing this direction,
so it was like this. And then once I sewed
the zipper in, it went like that. And so it was perfect
and really easy to do, actually. I thought it was going to be
a lot more finicky, but it was super easy,
and I love how it turned out. For the black sash that I wore
around my waist, I just used some Petersham ribbon. Again, I’m not really sure
if I’m saying that right. Self-taught, never really heard
that word said to me before, so I’m going to say it
how I think it’s said— Petersham ribbon. Well, that’s it.
That was my wedding dress journey. I just wanted to share that
with you because I know a lot of people
have been wondering what the dress looked like
and how I made it. I really do hope that inspires you to try your hand at making your own
formal wear. It’s usually not as daunting
as it may seem at first. It’s always a lot more difficult
in your mind than it actually is to do. Everything is a step-by-step
process. As long as you do everything
in the correct order, then you can make your own
wedding dress or formal wear. Also, I’m really excited
to announce that I’m going to be showing you
how to create a new costume here on ThreadBanger every month, so I really need suggestions as to what kind of costumes
you would like to see. You know, a costume doesn’t
just have to be for Halloween. There’s all kinds of cosplay
events and Comic-Con conventions that people are always looking
for a good costume how-to. So send in your ideas, and also, don’t forget to send in
pictures or videos of your cozy, warm yarn project for our outfit of the day video. That will premiere at the end
of the month. You can email pictures to
threadbangerstyl[email protected] or post videos as a video response
right here on YouTube. All right, everyone,
I’ll see you later.

100 Replies to “Corinne’s Wedding Dress How To!”

  1. Awww bb Corinne! I am getting married in September and have zero sewing knowledge, so I bought a dress😂 but I wanted to watch this anyway! It’s a skill I wish I had🖤 there is a version of my dress that has buttons all down the back (different neckline and straps) but they told me i could buy the buttons and I am hoping my mother-in-law to be will be able to see them on for me!

  2. Here I am 2019 watching this because I'm pretty close to just saying "F- it" and making my own wedding dress if I can't find one that I like. I do love seeing the old youtube look in this video though.

  3. it’s so fun to see old videos!! everything seems so much more… calm… anyone else here in 2019🙋🏻‍♀️

  4. When I bought corset tops in the 80's (and wore them to school – that's right, kids, NO straps! Though probly a shirt over it) I had to pull out the plastic boning, 'cause it would buckle & stay that way, permanently.

  5. Its a beauiful dress but rather plain. Expected something more colourful for her but she does look so beauiful and happy.

  6. I feel like I am the only one who doesn’t find watching 2011 Corinne weird. She is not that different, she is just cursing more and seems closer to the audience now.

  7. I don't know why I came here after seeing the latest video but I guess it's just to celebrate how far you've guys have came as a couple. I'm so happy that Rob made it not only for the channel's sake but for yours as well, Corinne. Life has it's ups and downs but as strong as you two are you guys didn't deserve what happened. We love ThreadBanger and we can't wait to see many more years of this channel to come. Much love to you both, and happy 8 year anniversary in advance <3

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