Free and affordable resources for sewing formal gowns, bridesmaid and prom dresses

Sew Your Own Formal Gown | Jungleland Vintage

Bridal gowns, prom and bridesmaid dresses, evening wear– formal clothing can be some of the most expensive items your closet. It can also be hard to find a good fit or a true expression of one’s personal style. Sewing your own dress can be a way to save money, tailor the garment to your own shape, and create something truly unique… you just need to have a lot of patience with slippery fabrics and fiddly pattern pieces! Making a muslin or toile first out of old fabric (even an old sheet!) can help you to work out fit before you cut into pretty fabric. To get started, you can download a modern pattern–many are free–or find a lovely vintage pattern, and even shop for fabric and notions online as well. Ain’t the Internet grand?

FREE PATTERNS

50s style prom dress | JunglelandVintage.com via Your Stle Rocks
Your Style Rocks 50s style dress | Free download
Lekala Wedding Dress | Free download found via JunglelandVintage.com
Lekala Wedding Dress | Free download
Burda Style Katjusha by Elegant Impressions | found via JunglelandVintage.com
Burda Style Katjusha by Elegant Impressions
So Sew Easy Little Black Dress pattern
So Sew Easy Little Black Dress pattern
Sharon Sews | Golden goddess gown | tutorial / no pattern needed!
Sharon Sews | Golden goddess gown | tutorial / no pattern needed!

PATTERNS $10 OR LESS

Ahem… we’ve got many nice dress patterns in our shop…

Simplicity 3735 Evening or prom dress Misses Evening Gown - Sew Stylish Collection sewing pattern new uncut size 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity 3735 Sew Stylish Collection | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
| Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
McCall’s 5001 Evening Elegance | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern Vogue 1379 | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern Vogue 1379 | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity 5498 Sundress | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity 5498 Sundress | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity 4401 Formal separates | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity 4401 Formal separates | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy

 

FABRIC

Fabric Mart is our all-time favorite online fabric store. So many great sales!

Gorgeous Fabrics has many beautiful, one-of-a-kind fabrics.

 

NOTIONS

Fabric.com has everything you need to get started in one handy package:  Big EverSewn Sewing Starter Kit.

WAWAK is the best! Fast, reasonable shipping and lots of sales.

 

OTHER RESOURCES

So Vintage Patterns— Most of their patterns are pretty pricey, but they have an amazing selection of vintage patterns.

 

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In the Shop: Sewing Patterns

Jungleland Vintage pattern roundup - check our Etsy store!
Original image CC Shimelle Laine

Vintage Sewing Pattern Roundup–Etsy Sale Edition

Growing up with a mom who sewed, I developed a love for patterns early in life. Sitting at that little table in the fabric store, flipping through the big books from Vogue and McCall’s, imagining the possibilities, I waited for the sales to scoop up my favorites. I loved cutting out each piece of a pattern, even if my project didn’t call for it.

Eventually, my mom’s health made her give up sewing, and I inherited the whole collection of patterns at her house. Later on, when I discovered that some thrift stores sold patterns, my stash grew larger. And then one day I discovered digital downloads…

Long story long, I have a LOT of patterns. It’s hard to let go of them, but I know realistically, I’ll never make them all. So I put a few at a time in our Etsy shop, all at very reasonable prices, if I do say so myself. Want to see?

McCalls 8608 from Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
McCalls 8608 Crafts Sewing Pattern Stuffed Bunnies by Anne McKinney – includes a doorstop!
Butterick Busybodies 5194 - Boys and Girls Robe,Top and Pants - Pajamas - Size 12-14 | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Butterick Busybodies 5194 – Boys and Girls Robe,Top and Pants – Pajamas – Size 12-14
Simplicity 9687 Sewing Pattern Crafts bazaar items cats sheep dogs | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity 9687 Sewing Pattern Crafts bazaar items: cats, sheep, dogs
McCalls 2686 11.5 inch Barbie Maxie Fashion Dolls Wardrobe Vintage Sewing Pattern Cut Complete | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
McCalls 2686 11.5 inch Barbie Maxie Fashion Dolls Wardrobe
Simplicity Home 7204 NEW Uncut Sewing Pattern Window Treatments Jiffy 6 Pack | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity Home 7204 Window Treatments- Jiffy 6 Pack
McCall 5130 Slipcovers Bed Duvet Pillows McCall's 1990 UNCUT 90 | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
McCall’s 5130 Slipcovers Bed Duvet Pillows 90″ fabric pattern
Simplicity 8005 Vintage sewing pattern for girls' jacket, vest and pleated skirt size 12-14 | Jungleland Vintage on Etsy
Simplicity 8005 Vintage sewing pattern for girls’ jacket, vest and pleated skirt size 12-14

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