Vintage Bride Sewing Patterns and Style Guide


vintage wedding dress sewing patterns

Today I thought I'd share some beautiful vintage wedding dress sewing patterns from the 1930s-1950s for you DIY brides out there. Although wedding season has typically been a spring time thing, in recent decades, brides have started planning their special day during colder months as well. In fact, October is one of the biggest months for gettin' hitched.

I love wedding planning so much that I became a certified wedding planner shortly after I got married but we soon had a baby and I was able to pursue my real dream job of being a stay at home mom. Sometimes I still do love to look at this season's wedding trends and of course, see what all of the modern vintage brides are doing!

Anna of Mrs Depew Vintage recently added a beautiful collection of vintage wedding gown patterns to her pattern shop. With these PDF patterns, brides can draft-at-home in any size for a custom fit with a perfect vintage look  Anna provides an excellent F.A.Q. article on her draft at home system.

Add some special vintage details like buttons from grandma's evening gown for something old and vintage ribbon for something blue. These are just a sampling of the evening gowns and day dress patterns from Mrs Depew. For the entire collection, see Mrs Depew Vintage on etsy and see the collection of suit jacket and tuxedo patterns for the groom

1930s wedding dress sewing patterns from Mrs Depew Vintage

 Dress Patterns    1121               1052                1124              1029               1120

If you're a 1930s bride, pair a sleek and elegant gown with a flowing veil. Try mantilla styles or pin a simple veil to a white calot  or floral band. Many 1920s and 30s brides pinned the veil into a Juliet cap with the sides framing the face. Cascade bouquets were a popular style for this decade. For drama, add a long and elegant train and long sleeves to any of these styles.

1930s wedding bouquets and bridal veils

1940s wedding dress sewing patterns from Mrs Depew Vintage

Dress Patterns:           4924                     4919                     4920                     4916

The 1940s bride enjoyed all kinds of bridal silhouettes from sleek and sophisticated to voluminous layers and peplums. Sweetheart necklines and long sleeves were often the norm for this decade. For style 4916, add a crisp white bolero, which can be removed later for the reception. Attach a cathedral or layered fingertip veil to a beaded crown, floral headband or heart-shaped halo headpiece. Simple round bouquets with a lace-trimmed holder were popular in the 40s but an extravagant bride may still carry a dramatic cascade.

1940s brides vintage veils, headpieces and bridal bouquets

Vintage 1950s wedding dress sewing patterns from Mrs Depew Vintage

 Dress Patterns                       6090                         6089                        5711                     6712

The 1950s were a grand time to be a bride. With the war over, sweethearts tied the knot left and right and brides took advantage of the ability to use plenty of fabric. Choose a very full skirt with plenty of layers in your crinoline. 1950s brides embellished with lace overlay, beaded trimmings and light embroidery. For your veil, indulge in long layers or take a hint from modern vintage brides with the popular below-the-knee dress and short veil. Bouquets became smaller in the 50s to balance out those plentiful yards of satin and netting.

vintage 1950s bridal veils and wedding bouquets


vintage bride style guide


  1. what a great post!! I got married just over four years ago and my dress was a pattern from 1957.

  2. I loved this! Really fun to read the trends from the years past.

  3. If I'm going to be married someday I want to be a 30s bride! Love those gowns!

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  5. I love this! Ahh, wedding bling always makes my day... thanks Brittany :)

  6. Looking at these brides (Oh, so many brides..) I get the feeling of goosebumps. I get those all the time - every single wedding I go to, I stare at the bride; their dresses amaze me.
    Now being the '30 and '40 gal, I prefer more reduced style: less material, less puff.. but, GOSH all of these ladies look dashing!


  7. Oi amiga, adorei todas as novidades do teu blog, também trago novidades no meu blog para ti contar, confira e depois deixe um comentário para eu poder saber o que achastes,abraços do Brasil.

  8. This is such a terrifically lovely post! I've been happily married for nine years now, but I still get butterflies looking at wedding images (especially if they're vintage) sometimes. There is so much hope, beauty and timeless elegance to be had at weddings, and that will forever keep the die hard romantic in my smiling and swooning. :)

    ♥ Jessica

  9. I love looking at vintage wedding photos, especially the 1940s and 1950s ones. Some lovely dress patterns too.


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