As ladies all have that picture of how we want to look on our wedding day. How our dresses should look like, which parts should flow, and which part should hold. We also know what looks nice and flatters our body shapes. Or we want that particular detail we saw in a magazine and for some reason can’t get out of our heads. But unfortunately, we just can’t get that when we walk into a bridal store. Worse still, we have to spend gazillion of hours trying to explain to the seamstress what you really want. But she isn’t convinced and instead wants to give you what is trending in this wedding season.
Well many a time we get into this spot and we pretty much have no option but to curve to whatever is available, because, “we do not have time.” Yes, Ugandans seldom hire wedding planners. (Did I lie?) so we do not have the luxury of spending the “whole day” thinking about the dress and dress alone.
But them there is that lot. Who do not cave who stick to their gut. And viola, they made their own wedding dress. I can almost see the frowned faces through the screen, but you will be as amazed as we were, slide through real quick and get fascinated away.
“The decision to make my own dress came from the fact that I didn’t want to carry a long, heavy dress all night. I broke my spine a few years ago, so carrying light is better for me. I decided to make a two-piece ensemble so that I could remove the weight after the first two hours. I have had a passion for sewing and designing for over 20 years. I have a diploma in fashion design and techniques, and I thought to myself, ‘Why walk on the most important day of my life in someone else’s design?’ I knew I could do it and I went for it, putting in all that I’ve learned.”
“I had lots of ideas for a dress I could make from scratch but this gown was so fantastic and it fit right into my ‘not buying anything new [for the wedding]’ rule since my best friend found it in a dumpster outside of the bridal shop where she worked. Of course I made it my own by altering it “I added loads of rhinestones, lace and beaded appliqué, trim and piping. I spent a lot of time making this dress my own and I absolutely love how it turned out!”
I love color and i wanted something i would feel comfortable in.At first, I was 99 percent sure I could do this. Twenty minutes into coloring, I thought I ruined my dress. It took a few days for me to regain confidence and work on it again.” She added, “In the end, the shock and awe of my dress helped me feel calm and confident. My colorful personality was shining through and everyone there loved it!
“I didn’t originally plan on having a crochet wedding dress, rather it began as a project to fill my idle bus time. As a young child I learned to crochet from my late grandmother so I thought it would be nice to incorporate this gift into my wedding dress.
“When I (finally) put the dress on, I was, for one, amazed that it looked exactly like what I thought it would look like in my head,”