Handmade Bridesmaids Dresses: Part 2 (The Pattern)


Women of my mother’s generation learned to sew at a young age. Many knew how to at least stitch or mend. My mother is verrry good at making clothes, and actually created a lot of the outfits that my sister and I wore as children. I love expert hand-made craftsmanship, especially fine tailoring and couture. So, I’m really excited that my mother is going to construct the bridesmaids’ dresses!

Bridesmaid dresses can be tricky. I know that I want ours to echo the lines of my bridal gown, including the v-neck and long, flowing fabric. And I want them to be somewhat timeless…and flattering. Nothing too ostentatious or dramatic.

So when my mother and I went to G Street fabrics the other weekend, I browsed through the pattern books and saw a bunch of new and vintage dress patterns. The best ones seem to be by Vogue.

The great thing about constructing the dresses on your own is that you can modify them however you like! The pattern we’re interested in is a newer one (but it could easily be vintage). And it has three different design variations on the same deep v-neck dress. It can cross in the back or tie around the neck like a halter. I prefer the former, as my dress also crosses in the back. There is the option of a shoulder sash detail that looks ridiculous, so I will not include it. I’ll have my mother raise the waistline so it’s more of an empire shape, and also bring up the v-neck, so it’s not so revealing. Here’s a picture of part of the dress pattern envelope (it’s Vogue pattern number v7521, for those who are interested):

I ordered the pattern online last night!

Where do you go to find great dress patterns?


Mrs. Perfume

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May 2015
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    mooreshugar 103 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:31 pm

    that is an AWESOME PATTERN!!!

  2. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:36 pm

    I love how flowy it is! And I agree about craftsmanship and the meticulousness of handmade articles.

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    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:37 pm

    Those dresses are going to be gorgeous!

  4. peeptoe Member
    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:40 pm

    That pattern looks divine! I can’t wait to see them completed!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:44 pm

    Oooo I love that pattern, especially with the changes you are making! I can’t wait to see how they turn out :)

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    kylydia, Guest @ 12:45 pm

    I really wanted to make my bridesmaids; dresses, but was intimidated by the very different body types they have.

    Yours will be gorgeous, it seems!

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    Susan, Guest @ 12:50 pm

    My mom made that dress for my prom in 2001! It was amazing! She made the one that’s in orange on the front of the pattern. It fits really well, but I would recommend using double stick tape- I had an incident with the front of the dress :)

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    kitten 868 posts, Busy bee @ 12:59 pm

    so pretty! i wish someone in my fam had sewing skills! my mom doesn’t even iron!

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    Laura, Guest @ 1:15 pm

    would your mom sew one for me as well if i pay her?

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:41 pm

    that pattern looks really nice. i can’t wait to see how the dresses turn out!

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    misscookie 795 posts, Busy bee @ 2:12 pm

    I can’t wait to see the finished dresses!

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    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 2:57 pm

    I love Vogue patterns, I can spend hours at Joann’s browsing their patterns. The pattern you chose is awesome, I can’t wait to see the dresses :)

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:47 pm

    Ooh . . . it looks like something that would look tres chic on Angelina Jolie. Love it.

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:50 pm

    Those dresses are going to be FAB!

    Shoulder sash aside, I think the pattern as-is is great, too! Can’t wait to see the final product with the alterations – I love empire waist silhouettes!

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    powderpuff 882 posts, Busy bee @ 8:44 pm

    Ooo, looks like it’s going to be gorgeous!!!

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    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 9:14 pm

    Beautiful pattern! My mama is also an expert sewer. I’m actually very, very sad that I moved away before she had a chance to teach me. Did your mom teach you?

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 9:49 pm

    Thanks, all, for the nice words! Hopefully they’ll turn out great! Moms is so good at this sort of thing! I hope my BMs like the dresses!

    @Susan: No way! I’m going to tell the BMs that they’re wearing prom dresses! Thanks for the tip on the dress tape!

    @Miss Kitten: I don’t iron either! But I can sew on a button.

    @Laura: I don’t know! Email me if you’re serious, and I’ll ask her.

    @Miss Spring Roll: You are so talented and crafty!! Is there anything that you DON’T do??

    @Miss Hot Cocoa: I’m not sure if any of the BMs is as chic (read: as rex) as AJ!

    @Mrs. Sea Breeze: Moms is like an Asian Martha Stewart! She did TRY to teach me to sew…but all I can really do is mend and sew on buttons.

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    meganleigh 35 posts, Newbee @ 12:22 am

    My mom and Grandma (her mom) sew a lot, too! They’re both quilters, but Mom made my sister and I clothes growing up and special dresses for holidays. She sewed my sister’s wedding dress three years ago and is sewing mine for this summer! My dress pattern is also a Vogue pattern but we found it at wonderful Joann’s for 50% off. Your BM dresses look like they will be gorgeous!!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 6:50 am

    i’m really excited to see how your wedding turns out, Ms Perfume! you have a rather coherent theme / style going for you!! Awesomeness! 😀

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 9:49 am

    @meganleigh: I love that she’s going to sew your dress! Such a wonderful personal…very personal touch! Maybe there’s someway you can let us see it!

    @mrspaetz: Aw, thanks, Mrspaetz!

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    A Seafoam Cliche » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 2:33 pm

    […] me. I had good intentions with their dresses. As you may recall, I’m having my mother make the BM dresses using this pattern, and even found (what I thought was) the perfect […]

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    Reception/Getaway Dress: Which Shoe? » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 12:32 pm

    […] while back when I got the pattern for the BM dresses, I picked up a retro fifties-looking swing dress pattern just for kicks. I […]

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