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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
Are you going to a wedding this spring or summer? One of our Twitter followers suggested we write a post on what to make to wear to a wedding, and we thought that was a pretty good idea, since we’re heading into peak wedding season.
The biggest thing to consider when deciding how to dress for a wedding is what type of wedding it is. Most spring and summer weddings fall into one of these four categories: daytime informal, beach or casual, semi-formal, formal or black-tie. Scroll down for our pattern suggestions for each category.
Daytime informal wedding: Think sundresses in lightweight cottons, linens, georgettes and jerseys for summer weddings. Pants, especially wide-leg styles, look chic in silks and crepes; pair with a matching tunic top.
Beach or casual wedding: Sundresses or maxi dresses are perfect for more relaxed weddings. Again, choose lightweight cottons, linens, georgettes and jerseys for summer weddings. Jumpsuits and pants are also appropriate, especially when you go for a loose and flow-y look rather than tailored.
Semi-formal weddings: Cocktail dresses are in order here. Look for silks, shantungs, satins, laces and crepes, and allow yourself enough construction time in case you need to sew linings or more advanced details. “Black tie optional” weddings also can mean cocktail dress attire.
Formal or black tie weddings: Wear your dressiest cocktail attire (short dress) or opt for a long dress. Use the same kinds of fabrics as for semi-formal attire, but think about adding beaded trims or appliqués for extra glam.
Looking for more pattern suggestions? Check out our “What to Wear to a Wedding” pin board:
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 and Zlatko were married in Ann Arbor, Michigan on August 16, 2014. We are thrilled to have been part of their special day.