(Closed) DIY dress – where to find a good pattern?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@eakhmet:  Depending on the type of dress you’d like, there are a couple of possibilities.  If you’re looking for a modern dress pattern, then I’d suggest going to your local fabric store, looking through the pattern books and seeing if something strikes you.

If you’re looking for something more vintage, there are a couple of possiblities.  Check the costume section of the pattern books, there are often great historical style patterns there.  Also, look on ebay and at etsy – just type in “uncut patterns”  My gown was a vintage pattern from the late 80’s/early 90’s that was uncut and in perfect condition, and not very expensive either. 

Post # 4
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I made my jr bridesmaids and flower girl dresses (with help from my mom!).  I started out by showing the girls pictures to find out what they liked, had them choose a few, then tried to find patterns that were close to the dresses they chose.  

Beware- most dress pattern images are not very exciting!  It was too hard for me to chose thier dresses based on the patterns, that’s why I looked at dresses in stores, versus looking at the patterns themselves for inspiration.  

Vogue, Butterwick, Simplicity, McCalls are the most popular pattern making companies (I think I got them all…) They all should have bridal section, but most are limited to a handful of patterns.  Also look in the evening gown and dress sections….  (anything can be made in white, or whatever color of drss you want!) 

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitly start at the fabric store. They have books of the patterns they sell.  You can look at the actual wedding gowns in the book, but also look at the historical gowns and formal gowns as well. There are a lot of dresses that would make gorgeous wedding gowns if done in white.  Will you be paying for fabric etc?  You may want to take a serious look at prices for fabric.  High quality lace, satins, silks etc can retail at well over $15-$20/yard. Depending on the gown you could be looking at anywhere from 12-30 yards of fabric.  (12 yards at $15 is $180) Then you also have to factor in any beading, trim, zippers, boning, etc.  Making your own dress can be a big money saver, or a huge money pit, it depends on your taste, and the kind of gown you want. 

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