DIY “I Do”: 15 Wedding Dress Sewing Patterns to Make and Cherish

The search for The Dress can be a daunting task (there are even TV shows about it!)  There are dozens of stores to search through… but if you know how to sew, why not consider making your own dress?  Patterns are often offer variations, allowing you to create a completely custom look.  Plus, you can change the fabrics, embellishments, and make alterations as you wish.

Without further ado, here are 15 beautiful wedding dress sewing patterns for your special day.  I hope something catches your eye!

For the Classic Bride (Vogue v2788)

You’ll feel beautiful in this classic Vogue dress.  It has an empire waistline, princess seams, cap sleeves, and an optional train.  Can also be made sleeveless.  Sizes 6-22.

Pattern:  Vogue 2788

You’ll need: 5.5-6.5 yards of fabric, 6-8 yards of lining.  Zipper, buttons, lace.

Skill level:  Average/Intermediate

For the Belle of the Ball (McCalls M5321)

This dress isn’t actually a dress… it’s a skirt and bodice top.  It has a strapless top with boning, a sweetheart neckline, and a basque waist.  The full skirt on this dress will make you feel like Belle.  Sizes 6-20.

Pattern:  McCalls M5321

You’ll need: 12 yards of fabric, 14-16 yards of lining, 7-8 yards of 1″ wide horse hair.  Buttons, boning, zipper, and other notions.

Skill level:  Advanced

For the Bride with a Vintage Soul (Vogue v2965)

This dress has a simple, vintage feel to it.  Cowl neckline, empire waist and plunging back with train.  As a bonus, the dress straps can probably hide bra straps.  Sizes 4-20.

Pattern:  Vogue v2965

You’ll need: 4-5 yards of fabric, 3-4 yards of lining.  Zipper, bridal trim for optional contrast train

Skill level:  Average/Intermediate

For the Bride Who Loves Lace… and a Bit of Flounce (Simplicity 8329)

Lots of lace!  This dress features lace sleeves, a diamond neckline, a trumpet skirt, and an optional overlay of lace on the gown.  Can also be made sleeveless, or off-the-shoulder.  Sizes 4-20.

Pattern:  Simplicity 8329

You’ll need:  2-3 yards of fabric, 2.5 yards of lining, 1.5 yards overlay.  2 yards of lace.  Zipper and buttons.

Skill level:  Intermediate

For the Grecian Goddess Bride (Burdastyle #105)

This Grecian-style gown is breezy and effortless.  Perfect for a wedding on a warm summer day.  It has two straps in the back that is more flowy than a traditional train.  V-neck bodice and gathering.  PDF pattern.

Pattern:  Burdastyle 03/2017 #105

You’ll need:  8-9 yards of fabric, 3 yards of lining.  Zipper and interfacing.

Skill level:  Beginner/Intermediate

For the Princess Kate Bride (BurdaStyle #108)

Look and feel like a princess in this Burdastyle gown.  Satin bodice with overlaid french lace.  Wide skirt with deep pleats at the waistline, and french lace sleeves.  PDF pattern.  Sizes 36-44 (European).

Pattern:  Burdastyle 03/2017 #108

You’ll need:  2 yards of fabric with scalloped edges, 3 yards of satin, half a yard of lining.  Ribbons, fasteners, buttons and other notions.

Skill level:  Intermediate

For the Fairytale Bride (Vogue v2842)

Look like a fairytale in this strapless gown with optional lace sleeves.  Contrast bodice with empire waistline.  Asymmetrical skirt front drape with contrast godet.  Sizes 6-22.

Pattern:  Vogue v2842

You’ll need: 4-5 yards fabric, 3-4 yards lining, 2-3 yard contrast lace

Skill level:  Advanced

For the Royal Bride (Butterick B5731)

Look like a princess in this royalty-inspired dress.  Sweetheart neckline, bodice with overlaid lace, pleated skirt with train.  Long sleeves and neckline in pretty lace.  Sizes 6-20.

Pattern:  Butterick B5731

You’ll need: 7-8 yards of fabric, 2 yards of contrast lace, 12 yards of lining, 6 yards of 1″ horsehair braid, boning, bridal buttons, ribbon, and zipper.

Skill level:  Advanced

For the Bride who Loves Anthropologie (Simplicity 8289)

Whether you’re coming or going, this dress looks gorgeous.  Beautiful lacy back detail, lace bodice overlay, and optional tulle drapes.  Sew in white or blush for an BHLDN Anthropologie feel.  Sizes 4-20.

Pattern:  Simplicity 8289

You’ll need:  4-4.5 dress, 4.5 lining, 0.5 organza, 2-4 yards of overlay, optional 7 yards of tulle skirt overlay.  Zipper and buttons.

Skill level:  Intermediate

For the Classic Hollywood Bride (Vogue v2979)

You’ll feel like the epitome of grace in this dress.  It has a V-neckline with a high-collar, and contrast lace bodice and sleeves.  Sash waist and long train.  Size 6-22.

Pattern:  Vogue V2979

You’ll need: 10 yards of fabric. 1.5 yards contrast, 10 yards of lining, 9 yards Horse Hair Braid, 3 yards of ribbon, buttons, and zipper.

Skill level:  Intermediate/average

For the Sweet and Simple Bride (Kwiksew K3400)

Keep it simple and stylish with this sleeveless gown.  Empire seam, fitted bodice and optional train.  This pattern also comes with a lace bolero option.  Sizes XS-XL.

Pattern:  KwikSew K3400

You’ll need:5-6 yards lining, 5-6 yards fabric, buttons, and other notions.

Skill level:  Beginner/Intermediate

For the Sexy, Vintage-Loving Bride

This trumpet-style wedding gown is classic and sexy.  It has an body-hugging silhouette and a vintage-style sweetheart neckline.  Bonus:  the wide dress straps can hide bra straps.  PDF Pattern.  Sizes 34-42 (European).

Pattern:   Burdastyle 03/2017 #110

You’ll need:  3 yards, 1 yard lining, zipper, and other notions.

Skill level:  Intermediate

For the Elegant Bride (Vogue v1032)

This sweet and simple gown has an empire waistline, exposed back and small train.  Close fitting and elegant.  Dress straps are wide enough to hide a bra.  Sizes 6-22.

Pattern:  Vogue v1032

You’ll need: 6 yards of fabric, 0.5 yard of contrast, 18 yards of 45″ underlining, 6.5 yards of 1″ Horsehair.  Zipper, buttons.

Skill level:  Average/Intermediate

For the Sophisticated Bride (New Look 6401)

This dress has a classic yet sexy look with a deep V neckline and a plunging V-back.  Optional lace overlay, other back options available.  Would also look perfect in blush!

Pattern:  New Look 6401

You’ll need:  2 -3 yards of fabric, 5/8 yards of bodice lining

Skill level:  Intermediate

For the Show-Stopping Bride (Butterick B5779)

This dress has princess seams, long sleeves and a contrasting lace back for a majestic entrance down the aisle, and a jaw-dropping exit.  Sleeveless option as well.  Sizes 4-20.

Pattern:  Butterick B5779

You’ll need: 5.5-6.5 yards of fabric, 13-18 yards of lining.  Buttons, loops, and other notions.

Skill level:  Advanced

For the Unique Bride – Vintage Wedding Dress Sewing Patterns

If none of the options above look like The Dress to you, you can also go the vintage route.  While vintage patterns usually don’t offer photos of the design (only drawings), if you’re a lover of all things vintage, it can be a way to make your wedding completely you.

Mom’s Patterns

Mom’s Patterns offers a TON of vintage patterns.  If you’re a vintage lover, bookmark this site now.  There are options from the 1940s all the way up through the 1990s.  You’re sure to find something you love here.  Look under the “Wedding Bells” section.

Mom’s Vintage

Heavens to Betsy Vintage

Heavens to Betsy Vintage specializes in vintage patterns from the 1930s up to the 1980s, with select newer patterns.  In addition to 300+ vintage patterns from Vogue, Simplicity, and others, you can also find rare collaboration patterns, such as Carolina Herrera, Jessica McClintock, and Givenchy for Vogue.

Heavens to Betsy Vintage

So Vintage Patterns

So Vintage Patterns has almost 100 vintage wedding dress sewing patterns from the 1940s to the 1970s.  If you are interested in a vintage style dress, but nervous about resizing issues, check out their guide on resizing vintage patterns.  So Vintage Patterns also have collaboration patterns, including Christian Dior for Vogue.

So Vintage Patterns

Tips for Making Your Own Wedding Dress

Know what you want:  if you’re going to spend the time and money making your own wedding dress, you want to be sure you’ll feel good in it.  Before you buy a pattern and start sewing, try on dresses and look on sites like Pinterest.  This will help you figure out which styles and features you like, and which look good on you.  You can also get inspiration for combinations of fabrics, textures, and shades (for those who want to try off-white or blush tones).

Add up costs:  while sewing your own wedding dress can save you a lot of money, it’s best to do the math first.  Most patterns will cost you $10-30.  Use the yardages listed above for the dress you want to make, multiplied by the cost per yard of the fabric you want to use.  You should also factor in the cost of zippers, buttons, trim, thread, and other add-ons.

Give yourself plenty of time:  projects always seem to take longer than anticipated.  When you have an entire wedding to plan, the last thing you want is a stressful time-crunch.  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to shop for fabric, make the pattern and make any needed alterations.

Skill level:  sometimes, you can stretch yourself by working on sewing patterns above your skill level.  However, this approach might not be the best for a wedding gown.  You will want to look and feel great on your big day, so make sure you are choosing a design where you’ll be happy with the results.  If you see something you love but might be a little outside your skill level, you can find a tailor or seamstress to help.

You can always buy a sewing pattern, and look through the steps to see if you know how to do everything.  At worst, you’re out $10-20.

Say Yes to the Dress

So, did you find a dress you loved?  Which one do you plan to walk down the aisle in?

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