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.

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 Love Being a Part of Weddings

Bride (Allie) wearing the wedding gown she made herself using Butterick 5748.

This is something that makes us really happy: when brides sew their wedding gowns using one of our patterns. Allie of the blog The Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs just posted about making this dress for her recent wedding, and she used one of our patterns, Retro Butterick 5748.

Bride (Allie) wearing the wedding gown she sewed using B5748, a Retro Butterick pattern.
Here’s Allie twirling in her wedding dress, Butterick pattern B5748.
Bride (Allie) wearing the dress she made, B5748, at her wedding.
Love this photo of Allie and Greg!

I think it’s a fair assumption that the McCall Pattern Company (Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns) has dressed more brides over the years than any other pattern company. We love that we’ve been a part of this important day for so many women.

Vintage Vogue dress V1084 made into a wedding gown.
This bride’s aunt made this gown for her, using Vintage Vogue V1084. Dreamy.
vintage wedding gown patterns from the McCall Pattern Company
If you visit our “Vintage Pattern Catalog Pages” board on Pinterest, you’ll find more pins of our vintage wedding gown patterns.

I have a daughter and I sew, but she says I will not be making her wedding dress. (Mind you, her future wedding is still years away.) She says I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to sewing, and that if I did make her dress I’d be fixated on all the little mistakes in it that only I can see. My daughter knows me so well.

Would you ever make a wedding gown, for yourself or your daughter? Or maybe you’ve sewn one already and lived to tell the tale. Leave a comment here and tell us your thoughts on making a wedding gown. Thanks for stopping by!