How to Make a Bridal Gown Without a Pattern

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How to Make a Bridal Gown Without a Pattern
Keep all eyes on you in a gown that truly suits you. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Many brides know exactly what kind of wedding gown they desire, right down to the hemline type and the post-ceremony bustle. However, if you don't want to wear the same dress as any other bride, consider designing your own gown. Your one-of-a-kind wedding dress will draw attention all on its own. Whether you decide to eschew patterns to create the most original dress possible or you simply want to incorporate your own vision into your wedding day, creating your own gown results in a special look that is all your own.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Muslin
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric pen
  • Wedding dress fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Fastenings
  • Embellishments

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    Take your measurements and record them. Keep these in mind when you cut out your gown's pieces, as the numbers will help you make the correct adjustments to the fabric to fit your shape. Incorporate your design idea by drawing out estimated gown pieces onto muslin fabric.

    Size the pieces based on your measurements and mark the outline using the fabric pen. Keep the gown slightly bigger than it needs to be, particularly if you want to add seams, drapes and pleats to your gown.

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    Create a mock-up dress by cutting out the gown's pieces to create a large tube in the general shape of your planned wedding dress. Pin the gown around you and adjust all the details that you want in the fabric's shape, such as princess seams, gathering at the waist or the shape of the hemline. If you want a two-layer gown, ensure that your mock-up includes this. All of the planning, details and adjustments are done to your dress at this stage, making it very important if you create a wedding gown without a pattern.

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    Stitch your mock-up together using a wide basting stitch and mark all of the gathers, pintucks and folds that you make with the fabric pen. Try the garment on and adjust the shape until you are happy with the detailing and fit of the gown.

  4. 4

    Take the mock-up apart and use the muslin pieces as a pattern layout on your bridal gown's fabric. Pin the muslin to the final fabric and cut the gown's pieces out. Replicate the detail markings of the muslin mock-up onto the fabric.

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    Sew the gown together and finalise the detailing. Reinforce stitches around the places where the gown will be the tightest.

  6. 6

    Cut out a lining, keeping to the same shape as the inside of the wedding dress. Sew the lining and gown together at the neckline, keeping the right sides together. Flip the lining inside to create a finished edge around the top edge of your gown.

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    Insert your gown's fastenings into the back or left hand side of the dress. These fastenings range from zippers to corsets, so select the type of fastening that best suits your gown's look.

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    Hem your gown and embellish it to your taste.

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