What to Sew and Wear to a Wedding This Season

Have you recently received a wedding invitation, but aren’t sure what to wear to the event? No need to panic. We’ve got just what you’re looking for! Below are our top picks for wedding guest patterns based on four types of weddings: beach, casual/daytime, semi-formal/cocktail, and formal. Note that many of these patterns can overlap into other categories, so don’t let that deter you from picking a certain design :). Happy sewing, and cheers to a fabulous wedding season! 🥂

Beach

Beach weddings certainly have their pros and cons. They tend to be more casual, which can be a relief, but external factors often play into things. For example, it would be a shame to spend all of your free time making a silk maxi dress that will get ruined upon walking to your seats in the sand. For this reason, stick to designs that are midi-length or shorter.

Another factor to keep in mind is the humidity. Instead of spending all night feeling sweaty and uncomfortable, seek out breathable fabrics that are light and flowy. Examples include: cottons, linens, and silks.

Casual/Daytime

Since casual/daytime weddings are typically more laid-back, it’s usually OK to show some skin. As a result, consider a dress pattern that hits at approximately knee-length. Feel free to experiment with different strap options as well. Some of our favorites include: sleeveless, one-shoulder, and spaghetti straps.

Alternatively, an airy button-front dress in a silky bold print would work well for this occasion. In fact, casual/daytime weddings are perfect for picking a really fun fabric print to show off your style. When it comes to fabrics, try searching for cottons, knits, brocades, and silks.

Semi-formal/Cocktail

Semi-formal/Cocktail attire weddings have a wide range of outfit options. Maybe you’d like to wear something more formal or you’ve decided that a plain and simple pattern is more your style. It’s even possible that your perfect pattern could be located in any of the other categories. It’s really all a matter of taste. Regardless of which pattern you choose, use the fabric and color to really elevate the garment. As you’ll see below, solid colors and/or shiny fabrics are especially common for such occasions. For this reason, consider using charmeuse, crepe, ponte, or taffeta for your design.

Formal

Formal weddings are often associated with floor-length gowns. Now, this doesn’t have to be the case, but it’s a great place to start. Since it is summer, however, try to limit the amount of excess fabric and gathering involved in the skirt. The less fabric, the easier it will be for you to remain cool and comfortable as you dance the night away. On that note, we also recommend choosing a pattern with short sleeves or sleeveless options, but this is completely up to you. Make this design even more special by using high-quality fabrics such as: lace, silk, satin, and shantung.

Hopefully this breakdown has helped you narrow down your decision. Although, if you’re still unsure of what to wear, there are plenty more options to consider at the following links:

https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/patterns/misses/prom-evening-bridal

https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/patterns/misses/evening

https://butterick.mccall.com/patterns/misses/evening

Now that you’ve had a chance to take a look at these designs, is there a clear winner? Let us know in the comments section below!

3 comments
  1. All of these designs are beautiful. Any suggestions for women who do not wear dresses? Like a nice blouse and fancy trousers? Coats? Jackets for cold weather in the southern hemisphere or up in the mountains? THanks.

  2. Is there any I can find out where to find some of the material that is used to make some of these clothes.

    1. Sure. What garments were you curious about specifically? We can always check with our Fabric Coordinator.

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