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Silver_McAdams
« on: November 21, 2010 02:45:56 PM »

I am going to be married next September. A friend of mine offered to make my wedding dress, but I need to find a pattern. I am not completely sure what type of dress I want, but I am thinking of a knee-length dress or one that is shorter in front and longer in the back. I have been having some trouble finding any wedding dress patterns though, and would greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

Thanks!

(I hope I am posting in the correct forum...still figuring this web site out.)
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010 04:20:53 PM »

I've always adored this pattern, but it's not something I would wear, mainly because I don't attend any formal events that require an Oscar de la Renta gown!

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v2889-products-5418.php?page_id=947

It's out of print, so you HAVE to order it from the website, or try to find it on eBay, Etsy or similar online marketplace.

Here are two reviews of it on PattternReview.com, but you may need to be a member to view them (I am! It's such a great site Cheesy)

http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=39936
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=29333

And this Craftster also made one:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231286.0

Sure hope your friend is an advanced sewist, because apparently it's a bear of a pattern, but hey, what do you expect of couture?

You could always get a pattern for a non-bridal or non-evening dress and adjust it to suit your tastes. Here's a list of pattern companies you can browse:

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/ (definitely the highest quality patterns)
http://butterick.mccall.com/
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/
http://www.simplicity.com/c-144-patterns.aspx
http://www.colettepatterns.com/shop

OR! You can use a vintage pattern. Here's some of my fave vendors and portals:

http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/gownpatterns.html
http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/bridalpatterns.html
http://www.oldpatterns.com/master.html
http://www.vintagefashionlibrary.com/wedding___prom
http://www.momspatterns.com/inc/searchresults?s=formal&ss=formal&n=889234

Sorry to be so overwhelming with the options, but you are right to look now, as opposed to later! The sooner your friend gets started, the more time you two will have to go over the fine details of fit and embellishment. Just remember that the finished product is not reliant on the pattern alone. You have important decisions to make regarding the fabric type and colour/s and any trimmings/decorations. Best of luck, and congratulations Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010 07:17:32 AM »

Check out Marfy (http://www.marfy.it/eng/activenews.asp).  They have lots of wedding dress patterns.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010 01:41:41 PM »

You should probably go try on a few dresses at a bridal shop to get an idea of what looks good on you...I used to sew custom bridal dresses and I promise you that more than one woman did not take my advice that a style would be horrible on them...there was a lot of "do-overs" and tears...a pattern can be lovely in the picture...

Once you find something you like, find a pattern and modify it the way you want, but get the basic shape and style down first!  Most bridal shops are quite ready to tell you if something looks awful...

Remember that just about any dress pattern you like can be turned into a wedding dress with the right fabrics and embellishments!

Congrats and good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010 03:30:42 PM »

Definitely try some dresses on first whether it be at a bridal boutique (don't tell them you're having a friend make a dress and try not to take pictures) or a high end dress shop.  I had a ton of friends have their hearts set on a dress until they tried it on and realized it wasn't for them.

Think about it; how often do you see stuff that looks great in a magazine and when you put it on all you can say is "duuuuuude......."
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2010 04:48:35 AM »

Definitely try some dresses on first whether it be at a bridal boutique (don't tell them you're having a friend make a dress and try not to take pictures) or a high end dress shop.  I had a ton of friends have their hearts set on a dress until they tried it on and realized it wasn't for them.

Just be careful about who you take with you to try this.  I did this with plans to make my own dress and it turned into my mother and mother-in-law telling me how much better it was to buy than make a dress... let's just say it wasn't fun.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010 11:00:07 AM »

I made the dress for my sister-in-law, and we went to a large bridal store in San Francisco (we had to make an appointment, which I think is something most larger bridal stores do) so she could try on different dresses. There were no mothers or future mother-in-laws- just three bridesmaids and an artistic friend who all helped to give opinions on the various styles. We couldn't take pictures, but I brought a sketchpad and drew diagrams and kept notes on what was decided looked good or bad and what the bride liked.

In retrospect, I wish I had started with a pattern because I spent so many weeks on just fitting her instead of sewing (and I finished it just days before the wedding, and I was even sewing lace roses on the veil in the car on the way to the hen party). So I'd suggest coming up with the basic idea by trying on different stuff then looking for an existing pattern that comes close enough and altering it! Tongue
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Silver_McAdams
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2010 07:19:05 PM »

Thanks for all the input, everyone! I think I found a pretty good selection of patterns to choose from at a later date...particularly from the vogue patterns page. I am certainly going to go try on some dresses first though...probably with the person who is going to make it for me.
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