Hi readers! As some of you know , I take bridal gown commissions from time to time when something interesting comes my way. While I’m not pursuing a bona fide business, I decided not to, I am working on something now that I’ll be blogging about soon!
I mostly end up drafting or draping my own pattern pieces for whatever I’m doing, right now it’s a refashion, but I do look at bridal gown patterns and even buy some at sales so I can read the sewing instructions which are a big help! Or for a Frankenpattern…..
I thought I’d put together a list of available wedding dress sewing patterns to save both myself and you, my dear reader, from the headache of scouring the internet. I’m not gonna lie, it’s slim pickens’ out there for the wedding gown sewing market and most sewing patterns don’t really reflect what’s in fashion this spring of 2016 in wedding dresses. Like mermaid gowns, and the return of the natural waistline. Empire waisted gowns are a bit dated, or maybe they are ready to make a comeback? But fear not. If you don’t know how to make patterns these patterns can be modified easily enough. And there are some great new designs this spring.
Also, if you look beyond some of the questionable fabric choices on some of the envelopes, you will see a world of possibilities! So let’s get started!
First off, we have a free custom fit wedding dress sewing pattern from Bootstrap patterns. Bootstrap patterns are fully customized PDF patterns. I just tried out the stretch dress sloper and was quite pleased with the fit. I only had to change it a little. I have a feeling it’s because I may have made a few of my measurements incorrectly,too This company looks very promising and you can’t beat the price!
A traditional look with nice bones and easily customizable.
Chic and very unique style lines.
Off the shoulder is a strong look for 2016. I’ve been seeing them a lot on sites like Brides.com.
New Look 6401. Only $4.29 ! A bit boring but great for one of those shotguns wedding s when you have only a week to make a dress! However the bodice seems a bit too puffy and gathered. What do you want for $4.29 though?
Burdastyle 6940. Simple, but pretty, and it looks easy to sew.
McCall’s 7335 Two piece dresses are a big trend this year, 2016.
McCall’s 6030 Empire waist gowns haven’t been in fashion for some time, but still, it’s a classic look . And hides a baby bump for those who may have gotten started in on married life a bit early. The puffy gathered sleeves are so wrong.
This is Butterick’s knock off of the dress Princess Kate wore. So pretty, but too hot for a summer wedding, I would think.
Butterick 5779 Very on trend with the bare skin lace applique over English net look. I like the sleeveless version.
Gertie’s new design Butterick 6353 has a detachable train which makes receptions so much more comfortable. No dealing with giant bustles. I could see this in silk taffeta. Not sure why they show it in this fabric here. It looks quite flammable! Detachable trains are a new look again. Just imagine this dress sewn in a 3D lace like the Naeem Khan version….
Butterick 5325. Another simple but pretty strapless dress.
McCall’s 5321 We have several bridal shops here in town selling this style of pick up dress. It’s popular around these parts! Kinda early 2,000’s though.
Butterick 5184 Another strapless pick up dress but with detachable sleeves. They do these sleeves at David’s Bridals when you want to add sleeves to your dress. There are no armholes so they’re just tacked on. This causes some gaping in the underarm area. I don’t recommend them.
Butterick 5710 A cowl neck gown. Sort of nineties! And nineties are so in again. I can’t tell you how many cowl neck bias cut tops and slip dresses I had in the nineties but it was a lot. Let’s not forget the prerequisite choker necklaces!
And here is another cowl neck from Vogue. V2965. I totally prefer this cowl version to the previous one. Not all cowls are equal! and it looks more thirties than nineties.
I much prefer the short sleeved version of Vogue 2979 to the long sleeved version which look almost monastic.. or like sister wives…I’m all for modesty but this is bit too modest.
Vogue 1495 No. Words.
Oh my goodnesss….. someone please put that cake frosting away!
OK I think I’ve shown you enough now.
I’m loving 3D lace and a natural waist.