Vintage Sewing

Can You Help Me Find a Pattern For my Wedding Dress?

July 14, 2014

Hello retro sewists! I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’m here today to ask you for some help. I’m getting married next year and I’ve decided to make my own dress. I found a gorgeous vintage dress online that I would like to re-create, but I’m having trouble locating a pattern (I don’t really know how to draft my own, so I want something to go off of). Below is  a picture of the dress I would like to re-create (in my size), from Dear Golden Vintage:

(Source: Dear Golden Vintage)

I think that this pink dress below, also from Dear Golden Vintage, might have been made from the same pattern, which makes me think it may have been sewn from a commercial pattern, rather than being custom-made.

(Source: Dear Golden Vintage)

I looked through many patterns on the Vintage Patterns Wiki and online, but none seemed to be quite right, but then I stumbled upon and image of this pattern, Advance 8394. It seems like the closest approximation so far, despite the skirt being completely different.

(Source: Vintage Patterns Wiki)

The trouble is, there are no copies currently for sale online that I can see, so I was wondering if anyone has a copy of Advance 8394 that I could buy, borrow, or rent. I would pay the shipping both ways if I could just borrow one to trace off. Any size is fine!

Or, alternatively does anyone have the actual pattern for the two dresses that I can’t find? That would be pretty amazing!

If I can’t find the pattern, I’ll go ahead and try my hand at drafting one, but I thought it was worth a shot to see if I could locate a pattern first.I also posted about my search here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! I’m so glad I can tap into this amazing online community!

Happy Sewing!

-Melissa

  1. Good luck! that’s a beautiful pattern. I’d also suggest going through the online archives for Burda WOF. You may find a similar pattern there and it might be possible to buy the issue on ebay. This seems like it should be Frankenpattern-able.

  2. It’s a lovely dress and I hope you will find a suitable pattern. Like caroline, I think you shouldn’t count out modern patterns entirely. It’s a gorgeous 1950’s design but something close to it may have been reproduced recently, or even be a vintage-inspired modern design. All you really need is a bodice pattern which is a close enough match. Drafting the skirt yourself shouldn’t be difficult.

    By the way, the skirt designs of the two vintage dresses are entirely different (the cream one has its center front waist piece and skirt gore cut as one and the rest of the skirt is gathered, on the pink dress, there’s a small point at center front and the skirt looks like a full circle) , so either one of them was a frankenpattern make itself or they are not made from the same pattern.

    Best of luck!

    1. Thanks! Yes, I’ve been scouring both vintage and modern patterns and so far Advance 8394 is the most similar one. There are a lot which look similar at first but then on closer inspection are entirely different!
      I noticed the same thing about the skirts of the two dresses. The bodice looks so similar though that I thought maybe the skirt had been altered or maybe the pattern gives a couple of different options. Maybe I’ll never know!

  3. I have a copy of Advance 8394, in size 15 (bust 35, waist 27, hip 37). I can trace the pieces, copy the instructions, and mail them to you.

  4. look at New Look patterns 6098 Looks very similar but is a knits only I have seen some beautiful lightweight knit

  5. I used to have that pattern and sold it along with about 100 other vintage patterns to a woman in the UK several months ago. I’m pretty certain she was buying them to resell. Her link on ebay is http://www.ebay.com/usr/thevintageseamstress and she doesn’t have anything on her site to sell at the moment so I’m not sure if she has it. Worth a try to just email her and ask.

    Good luck. I always loved that pattern.

    Teresa

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