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Sewing Techniques for DIY Wedding Gowns: Mastering the Essentials

Updated: Jan 18

Do you have a vision of what your dream wedding gown should look like and can’t quite find what you’re looking for in the stores. Haven’t found a designer who shares your design aesthetic or maybe you have and they’re pricing just doesn’t work for your budget. No worries, if you’ve got time and A LOT of patience you can craft your dream dress yourself. In this blog post, we’ll focus on some key sewing techniques brides need to master when making their own wedding gowns.

Let’s start with some basics? Have you ever sewn a seam? At its simplest a seam is the stitch created to bring two pieces of fabric together as one and ultimately form the structure of a garment. There are a number of different seams and the type of fabric you’re using as well as the garment your constructing will determine the right seam for your project. Frequently in dress making a French seam will be used. Like most French things, beauty and elegance is synonymous with the French seam. It’s known for the beautiful finish it gives to the interior of a handmade (sometimes referred to as couture garment). One achieves a French seam by doing a plain seam twice. The plain seam is sown twice to hid the raw edges of the fabric. Instead of a seam allowance on the inside of the garment you’ll find a folded seam creating a perfectly finished edge for seams.

Step 1

Start with your two pattern pieces wrong sides facing each other. Sew your two pattern pieces together using a plain seam with ¼” seam allowance.

Step 2

Trim your seam allowance to 1/8”

Step 3

Flip your 2 pieces over

Step 4

Iron your seam flat

Step 5

Bring right sides together and using a plain seam sew a ½” seam allowance.

And here you have it a flawless French seam!

In crafting a wedding gown and many other garments you’ll also want to understand how to insert zippers or buttons, create gathers or pleats, and hemming. In this series, we’ll explore each of these techniques. Follow our blog to learn more and you’ll be well own your way to gaining the sewing skills to enable you to confidently design your very own wedding gown.

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