Do you find yourself trying on dress after dress at a wedding rental shop hoping to find the perfect one that you want to be seen wearing in all of those timeless photos for years to come? Why drudge through a bunch of unoriginal, used dresses and take the chance of wearing the same dress somebody else has made their own memories in? Why go through all this when you can design your own custom wedding dress? Once that fits your unique personality and shows off your individual beauty!

I can teach you how to design your own wedding dress using dress sketches so that you can get the spotlight at the wedding party. All you need to do is pick up pencil and paper, also would be useful to use colored pencils and markers.

For now I will focus on the 3 most common fabrics wedding dresses use.

  • First you need to take a pencil and lightly draw out the basic outline of ho you would like your dress to look. It shouldn’t be so dark that it won’t blend with your finished rendering but it does need to be dark enough for you to see the lines.
  • Silk and satin are the mos commonly used fabrics, so here is where you need to imagine how the will look and flow as a dress. These fabrics, though light and airy, creates heavy folds where it falls loosely and billows, usually around the bottom of the dress and where it is not formed tight around the body. Next are the “returning”folds, which are normally seen around the crotches of pants and collar areas which more lightly overlap each other.
  • Finally you have many small and angular curves, usually around the waist and other areas meant to move and bend.

Now that you have the perfect design for your dress, it’s time to give your dress some depth and “glow”. In your wedding dress sketches you want to decide where you would like the shading to fall, such as under the breasts, around the waistline and where the material wrinkles and folds. There, you should use a very light gray which should, in turn, make your original original pencil lines more more defined. Take care not to add shading to all of your original pencil lines, only to the ones that would naturally be cast in shadow. The second layer of shading is done in a slightly darker shade of light gray and is focused inside the first shadow layer blending the white fabric into the center of the darker creases. Don’t over do it. Leave enough very light gray to blend the shadows naturally.

Finally, using a medium gray, slightly darker than the last, accentuate the creases. Try to use only short sparing lines in the deepest wrinkles and avoid outlining the whole dress again.
Now that you have your wedding dress sketches finished, you have just made the firsts step on your way to having your very own and unique custom wedding dress.

Rosie’s mock dress front by wildjinjer, on Flickr
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