What to Sew to Wear to a Wedding

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.

What to sew to wear to a wedding. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Butterick B6349, McCall’s M7350, Vogue® Patterns V1499

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.

What to sew to wear to a wedding. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Vogue Patterns V1502, McCall’s M7384, Butterick B6344.

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.

What to sew to wear to a wedding. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Vogue Patterns V1486, McCall’s M7318, Butterick B6129

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.

What to sew to wear to a wedding. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.
McCall’s M7047, Vogue Patterns V1474, Butterick B5987

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:

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Vogue Patterns V1447 Designer Dress in Downtown NYC

Vogue Patterns V1447 dress pattern by Tracy Reese.

Vogue Patterns V1447 dress pattern by Tracy Reese.

 

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This Tracy Reese dress for Vogue Patterns is the last of our summer on-location photo shoots. Can you believe our model Karen needed to return to her regular McCall’s job of art directing?! We shot these photos in the Chase Bank plaza across the street from our office. (Managed to get in a couple of shots before a security guard gave us dirty looks, forcing us to scurry away.)

Karen loves this dress pattern and we do too. The lace and the contrasting lining are a striking combination, especially when you make it in black like the designer did. You could sew it yourself in lace and mesh, or try it all in a lightweight brocade and not worry so much about the contrast lining. This is a great dress to wear to a wedding or summer special occasion.

To help you sew it, we took photos of the inside of it and posted them to our Pinterest board “Detail Photos: Vogue Patterns.” The inside is almost as pretty as the outside:

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Coming tomorrow: It’s Ebenezer Butterick’s birthday and we’re giving away stuff to help celebrate! Check back then…