Making a wedding gown can be challenging, but for some brides it is the best option, because it lets them create exactly the kind of gown they want. With the variety of patterns and the online dress-designing software now available, every bride is sure to to find a pattern for a gown that suits her personal style and body type perfectly. Making a wedding gown from a unique pattern is primarily a matter of careful planning and some strong sewing skills.
- Skill level:
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Things you need
- Pattern from professional pattern company or online pattern making site
- Material of choice for gown (silk, satin, linen, etc.)
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Sewing needle
- Seam ripper
Research gown styles, and decide on the type of gown you want. As any bride-to-be knows, wedding gowns come in a range of styles and fabrics, and not every gown is right for every bride. Look through bridal magazines and check out bridal salons, making notes about what you like and don't like.
Select a pattern. You can choose a ready-made pattern from a company such as Vogue Patterns, McCalls, and Simplicity, all of which offer wedding gown patterns for a range of sewing skills. In addition, websites such as Wedding Dress Creator let you create your own pattern.
Purchase the fabric and the supplies you need. This fabric can be expensive, especially if you have a pattern that requires a lot of it. Plan ahead to shop the sales at fabric stores, and you can save a lot of money.
Create a “mock-up” version of the gown with inexpensive material, such as a lining material or a type of muslin. This way you can practice the pattern to see that everything fits correctly before you begin working on the final version of the gown.
Construct the final version of your gown. As you sew, pay careful attention to following the pattern, and be sure to give yourself a little extra room for trimming to avoid trimming too close and thus not having enough fabric. The fabrics used for wedding gowns tend to be delicate and thus costly, so an error could be expensive.
Add the finishing touches, such as beading or trim.
Tips and warnings
- Be honest about your own skills. Only try to sew a gown that reflects your abilities. If you want a one-of-a-kind dress but can't sew well, consider hiring a seamstress.
- Remember to buy all the “extras” you need, like thread, beading, lining fabric, etc. You don't want to have to stop in the middle of the project because you forgot something.
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