By Kate O’DonnellTwo weeks after her husband and their newborn son were born, Rebecca Pritchard started searching online for an affordable way to decorate the occasion.
“I just really felt like I couldn’t afford to go on a date with anyone else,” she says.
“I knew there was no way I would have a great wedding for him.”
“I’ve always felt very lonely and isolated,” Rebecca says.
“My partner and I are very close.
It was hard for us to have a conversation, and I felt like there was nothing else I could do to be there for him.”
But then I thought, ‘Why not make a DIY wedding dress?’
“She bought an online business called The Bride Shop and started making custom wedding dresses online, from scratch.
It’s now become one of the top wedding dress retailers in Australia.”
People would say it’s a good idea to have some kind of craft on the wedding day, or just to make something different,” Rebecca explains.”
A lot of people said it’s kind of silly but I just thought it would be fun and a little bit more personal.
“So Rebecca decided to make her own wedding dress.
It all started with the DIY kit.”
It was a lot of fun, but we were really happy with it,” Rebecca recalls.”
The materials we used were pretty cheap so it wasn’t like we were using a lot, and we were very careful about how we did it.
“The process of making a DIY dress was a bit like making a wedding dress in the first place.”
To make a custom wedding dress Rebecca started with a simple sewing machine.””
It takes a long time to make a dress, but it’s also pretty fun to watch your dress being made.”
To make a custom wedding dress Rebecca started with a simple sewing machine.
“You just sew the fabric on, then you add a bunch of straps and you sew the skirt and you can see it’s ready to go,” she explains.
She then put the fabric through the machine a few times, and then finished with a finishing touch.
“And then we put it in the sewing machine,” Rebecca laughs.
“Then it was time to turn it into a dress.”
To make it a little more fancy, I put the skirt back on, and you pull the back of the skirt up and then you fold it back over and you take it out of the machine.
And that was it.
You can see the skirt, it’s finished, it looks fantastic, and it’s perfect for him, so it was perfect.
“The bride’s father-in-law was also in attendance.”
We have a couple of very close friends, so that was nice to be able to spend time with them,” Rebecca tells FourFour2.”
When he came out and saw the dress, he said it was pretty much his favourite dress.
It didn’t really feel like he wanted to wear anything else.
“He actually said that he wanted a dress with some lace at the top and a bit of a neckline.”
“He said, ‘This dress is pretty cool, but I want something else,'” Rebecca laughs, adding she also noticed that her father-of-three was enjoying the dress a lot.
“That’s because he loves it so much, he was so happy when I made him one,” Rebecca continues.
“After he made it, I was just like, ‘That’s what I wanted’.”
She says she decided to go ahead with the wedding because of the way the wedding dresses are made, and she thought that the DIY style would also be more accessible.
“So I was really happy that we were able to do this, because I’m not a big designer,” she laughs.
“If we made a custom dress, it would cost me hundreds of dollars, and that’s really not the way I want to spend my money.”
Plus I would love to see people making their own wedding dresses, so I wanted to make sure it was a little affordable.
We did have to make some compromises,” Rebecca added. “
If people are going to buy it, it is worth it, and they can really enjoy it.”
“We did have to make some compromises,” Rebecca added.
“We didn’t want to make the skirt too big, but he liked it a lot so we made it a bit shorter.”
“It’s so easy to make,” Rebecca continued.
“You just use a sewing machine, and just sew it on, but you can also just stitch the fabric and cut out the skirt.”
Or you can put it on and take it off.
“You can even choose the length you want to go for, and Rebecca says she liked the idea of having her own choice.”
They can really wear it whatever they want,” Rebecca said.”Even if