If you are designing your own wedding dress no doubt you need to find a source for wedding gown patterns.You may be looking for a pattern that looks similar to a style you saw in a bridal magazine or when shopping for your gown.
Where should you look for patterns? One place to look for bridal dress patterns would be your local fabric store.
But before choosing a pattern for your wedding dress, you need to determine which wedding gown styles will look best on you.
The best way to do this would be to go and try on gowns at the bridal salon. After determining what styles look best on you, get pictures of the styles you tried on to take to the fabric store to see if there are bridal gown patterns that will match.
In the fabric stores you will find commercial patterns pictured in "pattern books." Once you find a pattern you would note the pattern number and then pull it from the pattern filing cabinet drawer.
If you are making your own gown... it will be easier for you to probably pick a gown and follow the pattern exactly. Sometimes you can mix and match the pattern pieces. You can change the sleeves or details by interchanging pieces from one pattern to another.
If you are using a dressmaker to make your gown... you should consult with the dressmaker before buying any fabric.
If you can sew pretty well, but don't possess pattern making skills... you may want to get a bridal dressmaker to design and make the pattern for you.
Don't forget to check out the evening gown patterns. You can transform those patterns into a beautiful wedding gown. Especially if you are having an informal wedding or beach wedding and you don't want a train.
Here are some sources for wedding dress patterns online.
If you are looking for vintage wedding dress pattern, then www.betsyvintage.com, is a source you might want to try. They carry a large selection patterns from the 1930's to the 1980's.
You can also check out bridal gown patterns here on Ebay.
If you are sewing the gown yourself the first steps to do...
Make a sample gown first out of muslin fabric or a cheap fabric, before cutting your wedding gown fabric.
I always suggest making a sample gown first out of muslin fabric or a cheap fabric, before cutting your wedding gown fabric. This way you can make adjustments when fitting the sample gown and not with your wedding dress fabric.
Now that you have made changes to the sample gown, you can transfer these to the original pattern or take the sample gown apart and use it as your wedding dress pattern to cut your wedding gown fabric.
Once you make the adjustments to the wedding gown pattern, you can cut the gown.
If you are using a local dressmaker...
Now some dressmakers don't make a sample gown.
But at the very least you should have a fitting in the gown before it is completely sewn. Discuss the process up front with your dressmaker. If she doesn't do any fittings, I would look for someone else.
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