A “Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding”

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.I recently received this email from a reader:

Hi Meg and everyone at McCall’s blog and Instagram,

I was wondering if you might be interested in featuring my wedding on your social media or blog sometime. My bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses were all made by my mom and my aunt using McCall’s/Vogue Patterns/Butterick patterns. I’m calling it my Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding!

Mary goes on to write:

Three of my bridesmaids had pattern V8789, two with view A and one with view B (that dress was made by my aunt). The fourth bridesmaid had a dress which combined the bodice of V2902 with the skirt of B5882. In the course of preparing for the wedding my mom made “practice dresses” (wearable muslins), and bridesmaid #4 decided she preferred a simpler neckline than the original B5882!

My own gown was a two-piece affair—the skirt was adapted from V2962 and the top was B5935—it had just the simple scooped neckline I was looking for, though making a corset in crepe de chine was certainly a challenge!

All of the dresses came out beautifully and I got lots of compliments on our simple yet elegant look. The dresses were comfortable all day long and were great on the dance floor (we had folk dancing at our reception, both contra dancing and dances from my husband Zlatko’s native Macedonia).

Thanks for publishing great patterns and having an inspiring social media presence!
Yours,
Mary Wessel Walker

I am a total sucker for wedding stories like this, where family members pitch in together to make things happen. I was the maid of honor for my sister and I sewed all the bridesmaids’ dresses. At the rehearsal dinner I met the best man for the first time, and we ended up falling in love and getting married. (Still married too!) So of course I had to share Mary’s story and her photos here. Enjoy them, and if you have a special wedding story please feel free to share it with us in the comments section.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary's "Totally McCall Pattern Company Wedding," with wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses sewn by Mary's mother and aunt using our patterns. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Mary and Zlatko were married in Ann Arbor, Michigan on August 16, 2014. We are thrilled to have been part of their special day.

All photos by Peter Matthews.

We’ve been sewing since 1863.

18 comments
  1. Beautiful bride and wedding party!

  2. Lovely!

  3. This is awesome! Great wedding party!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Great story…. although it’s not clear if the bride sewed her gown, I love it when the bride sews, crochets or knits (!!) her own wedding dress. Very cool that the bridesmaids’ dresses were sewn too. No easy task!

  6. Totally awesome story and beautiful dresses. Amazingly I have made all the Vogue Vintage patterns she used for dresses for myself. Not fancy ones more day dresses. They are fabulous patterns.

  7. Thanks for the kind words, everyone!
    My mom made my (bridal) gown as well as the bridesmaids dresses. I’m not that experienced of a garment sewer and am happy to have the gown continue the tradition where she made my prom dresses, Easter dresses, etc.
    The patterns are awesome–to me it’s cool to see that they can be very casual day dresses or fancy bridesmaids dresses depending on the fabric! I think the smooth green broadcloth cotton we used gave these dresses a formal/elegant look. It’s obvious, but we all wore petticoats to acheive a more vintage look, and that would make a difference in how formal the dresses appear.
    Thanks again! – Mary (bride)

  8. What a lovely story! Congrats to Mary and Zlatkos! It’s really cool to see these patterns adapted to a more formal occasion. Great inspiration.

  9. Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing

  10. BOTH wedding stories are amazing!!

  11. Congratulations! I love that the bridesmaid dresses are each different and the style fits each person.

  12. Oh how beautiful!

  13. So sweet! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love reading stories like these. Thanks for sharing Meg.

  15. Very nice. I love the green.

  16. Wonderful its nice to see, especially with the obsession with designer gowns not to mention the love that went into makinng each one. Bravo!

  17. What lovely dresses, and each one is very attractive on its wearer, no easy feat. The bride’s hairstyle is also very unusual and looks wonderful on her. My favorite part is the petticoats/shoes – what fun!

    Ceci

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