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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 21, 2011, 08.53 PMby deneciepie

    I made my own gown, about a million years ago. I copied a friends’ Gunne Sax cotton midi into a satin a crepe concotion with sating braid trim that took a week to sew on! Gosh sure brings back memories! I’m sewing my daughters gown now. All real silk. Now to sew to corselet and start embroidering!

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    Apr 12, 2011, 11.11 AMby tilshmil

    I’ve been married 13 years and never had a wedding, just the Justice of the Peace for us. We plan on having a wedding one day with all our children in it and I plan on making all the dresses. I am glad there are some beautiful patterns here to choose from!

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    Apr 12, 2011, 12.49 AMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    I just finished making a dress. You can see it in my projects here for Justine Abbitt or at my blog sewcountrychick wher I have lots of tutorials and posts about wedding dress sewing and history. I ended up drafting my own pattern because we couldn’t find one we liked.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 12.35 PMby MsG1974

    Does anyone know of a pattern to make a dress like the Lanvin one on the right? I think it would make a great summer Maxi

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      Apr 9, 2011, 10.06 PMby gaviccaabri

      If you can’t find it, maybe you can use a jumpsuit pattern and instead of a pant make a skirt. Burda has a jumpsuit pattern but the top is not shirred. This one is shirred but it has no pattern. Hope you can make your maxi : )

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      Apr 20, 2011, 09.19 PMby michellebowden

      Oops, got the wrong dress for you. The one on the right is a basic straight ‘Tube. Just measure your fullest area, probably the hip area, add 8" and seam allowances. You may want an underlap for a vent to allow free movement, if so add 2" each side at back for this. To calculate for the length, stand in front of the mirror and run tape measure up to waist, letting the 1" end to the floor. Then you can read the FINISHED length. To this add 4" for the ’blousing’ abd run it up over the bust, at its fullest part, to the FINISHED position, and add turnings and 1" more to make a ‘self frill’ at the top. Happy sewing, Michelle.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 04.00 AMby notdeadredhead

    I’m about to get married in 2 months (Eep and Yay!), and I’m sad to say that I didn’t make my dress. However, I did get it 2nd hand, with the veil, for 40 bucks. Yay online Goodwill! X^D I can proudly say that I am however, making the bolero that’s going to go with it, and I’m personalizing the dress some. :^D

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    Apr 6, 2011, 06.33 PMby andreadi

    Well, I’ve been marries for 23 years. I made my wedding dress which had the whole front embroidered with pearls, briesmaids, head dress and bouquet. I’ve been using Burda patterns for years and years and sewing is my biggest hobby as it tends to relax me. the more intriguing the outfit is the better.

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    Apr 6, 2011, 10.29 AMby helenp

    If you’re thinking of sewing your own gown, just go for it. I know there seems lots to organise but a dress is so personal it is worth it. Its a great chance to make such an occassion really special. There are lots of patterns you can find something to fit your skills and even the most simple dress looks great in a dreamy fabric.

    I didn’t make my own wedding dress as I felt I was too busy. That’s 24 years ago & I still regret it. Though I did sew for my bridesmaids and ‘mother of the bride’, baked and decorated my cake and hand wrote all the invitations -no desktop printers in those days!! lol.

    A few years later, I sewed my sister’s wedding dress. She spent hours & hours & hours hand beading lace. It looked gorgeous. Plus we sewed bridesmaids & mum’s dress again. made an elaborate cake, invitations and flower arrangements.

    BTW My mum still has her wedding dress from 1959!! When my sister and I organised Mum & Dad’s 50th anniversary party we even managed to track down their whole wedding party!!! and replicated as much as we could from their day!!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 09.02 AMby Amelia Dowden

    Just finished my friends wedding gown. It was such a fantastic experience and I loved every minute making it. It was hard work and lots of stress but in the end it was worth it. Thinking now of making it my career to make wedding dresses!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 01.18 AMby sunshine3001

    Made my own dress and 5 of my 25 guest dresses too. Had so much fun, but a lot of stress too. It was my wedding number 2 and we went from a town hall wedding in Europe to a church wedding in my home country in Scandinavia. I had planned on a colored dress but surprised my future husband with a white dress (his first one). Did wear colored shoes and flowers in my hair. He loved it. Went window shopping with my good friend in Maastricht, Holland and we sketched up a dress from several we had seen. Bought my silk for the dress in Paris and made the dress with help w the fittings and the freshwater pearls on the vail from my awsome friends in 9 days. (my fiance was out of the country for that time). My advise, GO TRY ON DRESSES, even when you are planning on making your own ! I wish you well and try to enjoy every minut even if it seems overwhelming. CONGRATS…..

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    Apr 5, 2011, 07.59 PMby apierle

    Just finished my Bubble skirt dress yesterday :) Unfortunately can’t try it yet cuz of my big pregnant belly ;-)

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      Apr 5, 2011, 10.04 PMby inaida

      Congrats mom! :) we’ll wait ’till you can show us your skirt dress!

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    Apr 5, 2011, 04.26 PMby jd98

    congratulations! I also made my W dress (in my projects). I was worried too about changing my mind on the design so it was done kind of last minute (last 2 months actually). I knew what direction I was going and made the pattern myself by draping the toile to my “double” dress form. A few alterations here and there, hours and hours of handsewing later, I had something I would never have found in a shop and that fits me perfectly! To all who can, go for it!

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    Apr 5, 2011, 02.39 PMby bodicegoddess589

    I’m not even engaged or dating anyone, and I’d love to make my own dress. Already have a pattern picked out, too!

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    Apr 5, 2011, 01.45 PMby von-nation

    I would have definitely made my wedding dress if saw this feature! Maybe this could be a reason to renew the vows? But then it has only been 4 years since I got married haha.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 10.43 AMby ladyshape

    Who is the designer of the dress on the far right of the first picture? What an amazing cut.

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      Apr 5, 2011, 02.31 PMby alisondahl

      Alexander McQueen!

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