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Sew for Your Wedding

Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick

Wedding Dress MannequinIn the US, couples spend an average of over $25,000 on wedding expenses, which does not include the honeymoon. If you are looking for ways to cut costs, there are many items that you can create yourself. This is also a great way to put a personal touch on your special day. When I was planning my wedding, I made the flower girl dresses, my veil (with 13 yards of handstitched lace!), the ring bearer pillows, and my petticoat (I recycled a square dancing petticoat that I found for $5 at a thrift store).

Image from: The Wedding Store LA Couture, “Bridal Mannequin” February 21, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution

If you are interested in sewing bridal or other wedding items, here is a list of free sewing patterns to inspire you! Clicking on a link will take you to the site, just hit "Back" to return to the list.

Wedding Dress Patterns

Wedding Dress - a free downloadable pattern for a basic princess style A-line wedding dress.
Wedding Dress, Threadbanger Projects - save your money for your honeymoon and make this tee-shirt wedding dress for $10. Video tutorial.
How-To: T-Shirt Wedding Dress - a wedding dress from t-shirts?? Yep. Click on the link to learn how.

Bridal Veils and Headpieces

Bridal veils tend to be very expensive in bridal shops and are actually pretty simple to make. I remember that the veil that I selected was about $200. When I recovered from the shock, I decided to make my own and I ended up making a beautiful veil that I loved much more than any I had seen in the shop. It was a cascading style with hand-sewn lace all around the edge. It was somewhat tedious, but not difficult.

Veils come in many lengths and styles. Most veils are made using bridal illusion tulle, but another option is use polyester or silk chiffon (chiffon is more opaque than the tulle). In most cases, the tulle is gathered and sewn onto a comb which is then placed into the hair.
You can refer to some of the free patterns shown below for ideas on making your own veil. There are also a number of commercial patterns available for making veils.

Veil making tips: 1) Do not use hot glue to assemble your headpiece because it can melt the bridal tulle and in warm weather can actually fail to hold the elements together. 2) When cutting the tulle, a rotary cutter cuts a smoother line than using scissors. 3) Don't try to save time by cutting multiple layers; tulle slips like crazy. Unfold the tulle and cut it slowly, one layer at a time.

My birdcage veil!! A tutorial
Easy Bridal Veil - instructions for making a bridal veil using your serger.
Mrs. Peach's (Sports) Garter - show your love for your sports team with this color coordinated garter!
Mrs. Taffy's Pleated/Ruffled Hair Comb Tutorial - add tulle and satin to a hair comb to make an elegant hairpiece.
Tulle Veil - simple instructions for attaching a veil to a pre-made headband, from Sewing.org
DIY Bridal Veil - a detailed tutorial for making a bridal veil attached to a comb and embellished with silk flowers.
Bridal Veil and Headpiece - from the DIY Network
DIY Birdcage Wedding Veil - another take on the popular birdcage style veil.
DIY Bridesmaids Headband - you can embellish this headband as much or as little as you wish.
Sheer Ribbon Roses For The Wedding - These instructions from Sewing.org show you how to make a hair clip, headpiece, corsage and boutonnière from ribbon roses.
Monogrammed Bridal Veil - if you have an embroidery machine or know someone who does, this is a neat project.

Click to see more Free Sewing Patterns for Wedding Accessories

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