If you don’t have any sewing experience at all, making a wedding gown might not be the ideal project for a complete beginner. But if you have sewn various dresses before and all you can think of when you see a bridal gown is “I could make” that, then why not give it a go?
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In this blog post, we bring you a few dress patterns we found at the Minerva Crafts website. These dress patterns are by five different companies, including VOGUE and New Look. We will also briefly look over different types of fabrics and bridal gown embellishments.
Butterick Sewing Pattern
This beautiful gown with fitted bodice and lace back will make a gorgeous bridal gown
but could be also made in colour,
for non-traditional brides or for bridesmaids. The dress pattern is available in sizes 4-20
Burda Sewing Pattern
This gown can be made with lace sleeves, sleeveless or even strapless.
The skirt can be full length or knee length.
An underskirt gives this gown a full look.
Available in sizes 8-18
Vogue Ladies Sewing Pattern
This gorgoues pricess cut dress with close-fitting bodice looks very elegant when worn.
This pattern is by VOGUE – for the ultimate glamour look.
Available in sizes 18, 20 & 22
New Look Sewing Pattern
A relatively simple, yet very elegant bridal gown with many different back options.
Perfect for the bride, bridesmaids or wedding guests.
Available in sizes 8-18
McCall’s Sewing Pattern
If you are after something a bit more eye-catching, how about this wedding dress corset top and a skirt?
This dress pattern is perfect for all of you who want to look like a princess on your wedding day.
Available in sizes 6 – 20
Choosing Fabrics for your Bridal Gown
Fabrics that are popular choice when it comes to making bridal gowns are: Chiffon, Crepe, Dupion, Lace, Noile, Organza, Satin, Shantung, Taffeta, Tulle, and Jacquard. You can view a selection of bridal fabrics on Minerva Crafts website. Their product descriptions are easy to understand even for amateur seamstresses. Here are a few examples:
“Taffeta is a crisp, noisy fabric that rustles when you walk. It is used widely for full skirts, evening wear and party dresses”
“Polyester crepe fabric has a soft smooth finish and has a lovely soft drape. It is made of 100 percent polyester fibres so this fabric will not easily crease and it is machine washable and easy care and at a great price too.”
“Our faux silk fabric has the most wonderful texture and surface finish. It is made from polyester fibres but it still has the luxurious look of pure silk. On one side you have a matte, textured finished and on the reverse you have a shiny satin finish which also has this subtle texture.”
You could purchase segments of lace, lace motives or individual crystal beads, pearls and diamantes.
And then there are diamante buckles, beautiful sashes, satin bows, ribbon flowers, filigree ornaments, satin or diamante buttons and many different types of fabric flowers.
These lace decorations and beads could be white or ivory or could be coloured. For example, silver beads or off-white lace can give a bridal gown a vintage feel.
A Bespoke Headpiece to complete the Look.
If you like the idea of working in the wedding industry, turning your hobby into a successful business, read about our BH&J Pro online diploma course. We don’t offer any dress making courses at the moment but we think that you will love our jewellery making course. You will be using traditional wirework techniques when you sign up, which means that no specialised equipment such as a heat torch will be needed, you can use just a simple set of pliers following precise techniques. Learn more about this course >>>