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Is anyone getting married any time soon? Are you making your gown? If so, read on and check out these brand new sewing patterns for wedding gowns!

While I was visiting Argentina with my boyfriend this past November, he popped the question— and we are to marry in September! Everyone keeps asking me what my gown is going to look like, and yes, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to design for myself, but I am not someone who can plan something as important as my wedding dress so far in advance. What if I change my mind? For now, I am collecting images, swatches, fabric samples and trims while my ideal gown materializes in my mind. My goal is to make it in the summer. For now, let’s get inspired:


















The images above are from Net-A-Porter’s Wedding Guide, if you like what you see, follow the link for more browsing.



And my personal favorite, Rodarte.


Sewing patterns for the bride:



1. Column gown

2. Strapless 3-tiered gown

3. Strapless 2-tiered gown

4. Ruschd front gown with train

5. Simple gown with tie

6. Sleek full-skirted gown

7. Modernist gown

8. Gown with sleeves

Sewing patterns for the bridesmaid:



1. Rusched front dress

2. Mod dress

3. Bubble skirt dress

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    Apr 5, 2011, 08.50 AMby ichigogirl

    Mmmm…. Alexander McQueen! And CONGRATULATIONS! How lovely! I look forward to pictures of what it eventually became (I guess you won’t post pictures before the wedding…? We’d totally understand, even though progress- and change of mind-pictures would be great fun to see). Good luck deciding, there are so many gorgeous options, aren’t there!

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    Apr 5, 2011, 06.36 AMby baka-pepica

    my wedding grow make me my granny …from burda to :) it is in gallery

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    Apr 5, 2011, 03.01 AMby kgallagher3

    I’m getting married in July and I wanted to make my own dress. I went to the dress store for inspiration and found the one! The sad part, I couldn’t make it on my own in time for the wedding, so I bought the dress and I’m making my going away dress and some goodies for the honeymoon.

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      Apr 5, 2011, 02.33 PMby alisondahl

      That’s totally understandable— taking on the task of making your own gown, plus all of the planning you have to do could be overwhelming. There’s always the bacehlorette party, showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinner— plenty of opps to make a nice new dress ;)

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    Apr 5, 2011, 02.49 AMby susanne2011

    I have been engaged for the last 1.5 years now, but got a bit freaked out with all the stuff that you are kind of forced into organizing for a wedding, dilemma’s like ‘what if I invite only part of my aunt&uncles, will the other ones be pissed off?’, and ‘how can I keep it all low budget’? My perfect wedding is a DIY wedding, kind of hippie style, where I make my own dress, my girl friends make the cake and decorations, my guy friends perform with their band and we have a big bonfire and camp out in tents. But that just does not seem possible in Northern Europe where most of my friends and family live (even though my boyfriend & I now live in sunny Australia ourselves). Aaahhh, it is all making me a bit depressed, all these choices and decisions to make. I wish I was such a good seamstress like you Alison, then I at least would not have to worry about messing up my dress…

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      Apr 5, 2011, 02.40 PMby alisondahl

      Oh I hear you! I never envisioned a classic “white wedding” for myself either. I am definitely part hippie, and picture my wedding as one big party with a DIY feel, great music, great food, great friends in a gorgeous warm & sunny spot. Now my “party” is turning into quite a real “wedding”. But I’ve realized that if you do plan a more traditional wedding (at least schedule-wise), then you have room to personalize it and focus on the aspects that are important to you…
      As for the gown, you could always find a local seamstress to sew up your gown if you’re afraid of ruining it, I can see myself doing that too— just for piece of mind, but we’ll see!

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      Apr 5, 2011, 02.43 PMby alisondahl

      P.S. We have invited a lot those questionable relatives figuring they will kindly refrain from attending! There are a lot of people to please, but at the end of the day, do what’s best for you & your partner, you can make the final call. I’ve always wanted a destination wedding! Maybe a small ceremony in Australia?

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      Apr 5, 2011, 03.03 PMby susanne2011

      Oops Alison, I accidentally marked your comment as inappropriate!
      It seems like you have similar ideas! I really really want a DIY wedding, even want to screen print my own invitations, have everyone bring food etc. We went to check out some places, but as soon as you drop the word ‘wedding’ everything goes up in price and you can’t bring your own food, no own bands etc. I slowly felt like being pushed into a traditional type wedding. Also I have a huge family and it felt so unnatural inviting relatives that I don’t spend time with at the cost of invting friends, just to keep the peace. So I just forgot about getting married for a while…
      Allison, would be great if you could share some tips with me/us after you got married, as I am so clueless and most websites only deal with traditional type weddings! Good luck to you guys!

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      Apr 5, 2011, 03.08 PMby susanne2011

      And if you do happen to want a wedding in Australia, I can help you with indie bands and nice locations in Perth… :)

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      Apr 20, 2011, 01.07 AMby notdeadredhead

      My wedding’s about a little over a month off, and I definitely recommend looking at business supply stores for printing your own invitations and what-not. My fiance and I used a lot of Avery products to make our own Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Thank Yous, etc. We’re also using a lot bulk companies like Oriental Trading (Double check reviews and stuff for quality with them) and Sam’s Club (plates, some tablecloths, and such). Mostly, we’ve been going places that have what we need, but not where people usually think of going for wedding stuff. However, I’ve had a few things I’ve really wanted a certain way from a professional, so I’ve gone to the regular source.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 12.48 AMby flutefish

    I’m having quite the dilemma about this at the moment, because I found a dress I rather liked in a shop, but I still have fantasies of making my own. I think making my own would be fabulous, but I have never made anything like an evening dress before, and the clothes I have made never quite seem to fit me the way I was hoping. Plus, there just aren’t very many patterns out there—I’d like something reasonably traditional but not strapless. Sigh. :(

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    Apr 5, 2011, 12.44 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Congratulations Alison! I got married in January and made my own dress (it’s posted in my studio), it can be overwhelming looking at all the gowns available and deciding what you like so by all means take your time. My wedding is well and truly over, I’m so proud that I made my own dress but I still can’t help looking at wedding dress ideas, haha, they are all so beautiful. I can’t wait to see yours ;) xx

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    Apr 5, 2011, 12.16 AMby daughterfish

    This is such a great feature! I wish it had been available when I got married! I would totally have made one of these dresses.

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    Apr 4, 2011, 10.17 PMby sewenggirl88

    Very timely, I just got engaged on Saturday and patterns and inspiration photos have been swirling in my head ever since! It’s tradition in my family to wear a handmade dress, so I’m definitely making my own (with the helping hand of my mom too!). I hope you continue to post about your ideas as you make it.

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      Apr 5, 2011, 02.39 PMby bodicegoddess589

      Best. Tradition. EVER.
      What a cool one to have!

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      Apr 5, 2011, 02.45 PMby alisondahl

      Congrats!
      My mother made her wedding gown, and her bridesmaids’ dresses herself too. When my sister was married a couple years ago, I made her gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses, our mother’s dress & the flower girl’s dress! It was delightful seeing all of the pieces together, but quite stressful beforehand!

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      Apr 6, 2011, 01.17 AMby sewenggirl88

      That’s a lot of dresses! I think I might make some of the bridesmaid’s dresses, but my mom will definitely be helping out with the other and my dress. I’ve never sewn something as intricate as a wedding dress so I plan on taking my time and going slooow, even though that’s not as much fun lol! Good luck making your dresses, I hope you get some help too

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      Apr 6, 2011, 02.49 AMby caramia-made

      Oh wow that is such a great tradition!!! Best of luck to you and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! :)

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    Apr 4, 2011, 10.16 PMby carottesauvage

    Congrats on your wedding!

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    Apr 4, 2011, 09.57 PMby caramia-made

    I wish I had made my own wedding dress (but I only had 1.5 months to plan our entire wedding)… I think for our 10-year anniversary we should renew our vows and THEN I will make myself a new gown :)

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding Alison! All the best for you both in your future together!

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      Apr 4, 2011, 10.05 PMby alisondahl

      thanks so much! I will keep you up-to-date on my gown progress. you should definitely make an anniversary dress, even a low-key dress for the other yearly anniversaries!

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      Apr 6, 2011, 02.48 AMby caramia-made

      Yeah! That’s such a great idea!!! I’m totally going to make an anniversary dress – it could even be part of the traditional anniversary gifts theme… I just looked up the 3rd anniversay! Leather! Awesome! :D

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    Apr 4, 2011, 09.33 PMby janul

    I would love to make my own wedding dress! Sadly, I´m already married… lol.

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      Apr 4, 2011, 10.17 PMby carottesauvage

      the joys of re-marrying! Just joking :)

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      Apr 6, 2011, 02.48 AMby caramia-made

      @carrotesauvage – GUFFAW!!!! hahahaah

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