Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Make your own gown - patterns

It can be hard to find the right medieval dress to the right price - I know I have had my troubles. So for those of us who have decided to try to make our own gown here are some patterns you can buy and use.
The great thing about doing it yourself is the freedom of choice. You decide the fabric, the color, the shape and finally all those little details like embroidery that makes the dress personal.

McCall's pattern website has a couple of historic dresses worth buying and trying. Here's the one I like the best:
Butterick also has a couple of good patterns:

The second one:

All of these patterns have medieval elements both in shape, sleeves and neckline. Making your own wedding gown is a big project with the potential to be wonderful. I am going to try sow it together with my mother who's a bit more experienced than me.
Good luck


  1. I've used all 3 of these patterns and they are all lovely in different ways. The top one has underarm gussets which I complained about at the time as they posed a sewing challenge, but they do help the fit of the gown by giving better sleeve mobility! Given the latest medieval/fantasy series, I'll bet the pattern companies soon have new designs inspired by Camelot and Game of Thrones, and likely The Borgias as well. Best of luck!!

  2. Uh I hope so. The interest for the dresses of the periode is increasing, with all the tv-series.
    And thank you, it's good to hear from someone who has tried making one themselves.