Five Handmade Wedding Gowns We Love

Have you ever made a wedding dress, for yourself or someone else? It feels like a daunting task, but these five home sewers were up for the challenge and we love their results. Scroll down and take a look!

This stunning wedding gown was made by Gillian W. for her niece. She used McCall’s M7154 from The Archive Collection. Gillian calls this pattern “challenging but doable,” and she recommends making a toile/muslin (or two) first, and then using only natural fiber fabrics, such as silk, for the final version. (From McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group)
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.

We love this two-piece wedding dress that Stefanie S. made for her daughter. Her pattern of choice was McCall’s M6893. “She wore the full top for the ceremony and pictures, then changed to the bodice overlay for movement later in the evening. It was exactly what she wanted…I’m a proud and happy mom!” says Stefanie. (From McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group)
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.

Kristine, of Couture By Kristine, also used McCall’s M6893 to make a two-piece gown for a friend. The bride declared it perfect and exactly what she had envisioned, while the groom said it took his breath away. Aww! We agree. Bonus points to Kristine for making this gown with less than two month’s notice.
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.

Karen B. pulled double duty for her daughter, first making her prom dress in 2006 with Vogue Patterns V2801 (OOP) in red satin and black Chinese brocade. Same couple, 10 years later! Wedding dress in 2016 is Vogue Patterns V8150 in red satin and cream Chinese brocade; the lace shrug is McCall’s M3033. We love how the color red is a clearly a touchpoint for this couple. (From McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group)
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.

Here’s another bride who eschewed the white wedding gown tradition. Cole S. calls herself a “playful spirit.” She used Vogue Pattern V1348 and Nicole Miller fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric Stores. “It’s super obvious that I’m still a first year sewist, there are definitely imperfections (puckered seams, etc), but I’m pretty pleased with the outcome, regardless.” Well done! (From McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group)
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.
Handmade wedding gowns on the McCall Pattern Blog.

7 comments
  1. Ah Ah ! I did my wedding dress too using a combination of 2 patterns : McCall’s M7321 and Butterwick 4827. It was a great experience I would recommand to any bride to be with a few sewing skills 🙂
    If you want to have a look at the result : https://marquiseelectrique.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/diycouture-faire-sa-robe-de-mariee-22/

  2. So enjoy the creativity in these blogs and the work of “regular sewists”.

  3. My mother made my wedding dress – it was absolutely one-of-a-kind, and perfect for me! I’m so glad she did, and only hope one day we can make my daughter’s dress together!

  4. I’m so impressed with women making their own wedding gowns! If I were getting married today I most definitely would and I I wouldn’t care a whit about whether it were perfect or not – just to wear something I made for myself on that special day would be glory enough. Hats off to these amazing women for their hard work and determination to express themselves on that special day in their very own special way.

  5. I’m curious if the pink bridesmaid dresses in the second picture are home sewn and if so what pattern are they? I’m making M7154 for my wedding and am having a hard time finding late 20s style patterns that are doable for the wedding party. These are perfect and I’d love to copy the poster if she doesn’t mind.

  6. The first two styles of gowns are simply beautiful. My favorite is the two piece. Thanks for posting–maybe when my granddaughters (age 4 and Twins due in February) are getting married my sewing skills will be at the point where I will be confident to sew a wedding dress! Currently, it’s dresses, burp cloths, “loveys”, and leggings!

  7. Love these modern gowns! Made my own, but drafted pattern for the circa 1880s-style two-piece wedding skirt and jacket. Wish I had been brave enough to choose a bright color for it.

    Have tried since to give it away to various public schools for their theater productions, but it just keeps coming back home to roost. (“We couldn’t possibly keep your wedding dress!”) Glad that I used a polyester satin for this one-wearing garment. It washes beautifully.

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