I’ve searched and bookmarked lots of wedding guest dresses recently because of my Japanese friend’s wedding in Guam. It’s not often we get to dress up, so when an opportunity comes along it’s so nice to wear a unique, handmade outfit you sewed yourself.
Here are 10 wedding guest dresses with links to sewing patterns for next time you have a special occasion to attend. 3 of these sewing patterns are free!
This is the sewing pattern I chose to make and wear to my friend’s wedding. I used a Hawaiian print yellow fabric and added a zipper in the front for nursing access. Here’s me in my tropical front zipper dress with Dave and the beautiful bride.
For a cocktail wedding reception, this one-shoulder bow dress would be perfect. I can imagine it in a lilac satin, paired with a black clutch bag and black pointed heels.
I think this flowy dress with cowl neck and asymmetrical skirt would make a lovely dress for a garden wedding. I think red is a little too “look at me” for a wedding guest to wear (remember Liz Hurley’s red Versace dress?), so I’d go for a girly floral print.
I love how the frills on this dress tone down the sexy design. I’d choose a preppy colour like dark blue or navy fabric for this dress to keep it elegant.
As soon as I saw this dress, I thought how perfect it would be as a wedding guest dress! It would look so chic worn with a black hat or fascinator a la Duchess of Cambridge.
A fit and flare dress is a universally flattering option for a wedding. I particularly like an extra voluminous skirt for formal occasions.
This sewing pattern is for the understated and chic wedding guest. This is another dress which I think would look great with a hat.
Scroll down to Issue 17 to get this free sewing pattern. The retro vibe of this dress makes it perfect for a vintage theme wedding. I think it would look lovely in a vintage floral print.
The simplicity of this dress design means you can go crazy with the fabric choice. Imagine it with wide navy and white stripes for a seaside wedding, or in a Chanel-esque tweed.
This strapless number could be great option for a more formal wedding reception.