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Date: 1/5/13 11:34 AM

I am making bridesmaid dresses for my sons wedding but we don't really like any that are on McCalls, Simplicity or Butterick. Does anyone have a good site to find patterns that are more like what you can buy at wedding store? Please help!! Thanks!!

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Date: 1/5/13 12:10 PM

Seems like it varies from year to year. Some years I've seen lots of great options, other years there's not much. You might want to search the pattern reviews here to get some ideas. From the Home page, click on "Review Gallery" under the "Sewing Patterns" box, then filter the search category to "Formalwear". You can at least get an idea of what people are doing with current patterns, and if you find one that's not currently sold in stores, you might be able to get it off eBay or something similar.

What styles are they looking for in general, strapless, a-line, fitted, etc.?

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Date: 1/5/13 1:01 PM

from Simplicity for from David's Bridal

this to make this:

etc. Simplicity has the most designated special occasion patterns, but you can use regular dress patterns too; if a long dress is required, just add length or use a pattern from the same company that has a long skirt. Your fabric will determine the dressiness of the outfit far more than the pattern will.
Don't be limited by the patterns they designate as bridal party only.HTH

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Date: 1/5/13 2:24 PM


Vera wang dress
To create a dress inspired by it, you can try New Look 6123


For this dress you can try New look 6776

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Date: 1/7/13 3:54 AM

If you could post images of the kind of thing you're thinking of, it would be easier to think of possibilities. The styling in the pattern books can be hard to see past, but you may find one of them is actually the right shape or just needs some minor changes to match the dress you want, as sewcool and sewshable's examples demonstrate.

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Date: 1/7/13 10:57 AM

We are thinking something flowing with a top that has some sort of straps to it, nothing strapless. Nothing too tighly fitted in the lower part as one of them will be expecting. She likes some with design to the top and simpler bottom.
Thanks for your suggestions! Keep them coming!

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Date: 1/7/13 12:25 PM

I'm guessing you want an empire line for the top. Keep in mind that anything you find in the strapless category can have straps added easily. Sometimes it is just hard to see past the pattern. It helps to think in terms of the top being an empire, the skirt being flowy, etc. because then you can look at dress patrterns with an eye to what those details are.

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Date: 1/7/13 12:37 PM

Vogue 8360 satisfies the requirements, and would adapt well for your expecting bridesmaid this is pretty too M6508

also includes this view

you could do variations for each bridesmaid.
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Date: 1/8/13 3:40 AM

I am making my daughter's bridesmaid dress at the moment. My niece who is the bride, decided that because the bridesmaids vary so much in height and age, she would provide fabric and each bridesmaid has chosen their own style.

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