Sewing Short Prom Dresses

Short Prom Dresses?

Depending on what part of North America you are from, short prom dresses are typically worn when you are attending prom/graduation as someones date.

Or you just prefer a short prom dress over a long one. Either way, if you are having difficulty finding the "right dress", meaning you can't find the color, size or quality you want in the price range you need, consider sewing your own prom dress.


Where to start

Purchased Dress

Sewn Dress

Start by finding an inspiration photo, like I have done in the images above. Then you can find the sewing pattern that relates to the style you are looking for. 

I encourage you to learn to sew, however, if you are not a seamstress or don't want to tackle the job yourself, ask someone that does sew.

Think of these factors when your frustrated looking for a prom dress.

* For the same price as a ready to wear prom dress, you could have a dress made of high quality fabrics.

* Your dress would fit your body the way it should and not having to purchase a dress only to turn around and pay to have it altered.

* So often you have a combination of color, style and perhaps a floral or pattern that you like, but can't find in ready to wear. Sewing your own prom dress gives you many more options to have the dress you would like to wear.

Prom Dress Patterns

Have a look online or in magazines, for inspiration. Take a look at the styles you like and cut the picture out or print off your photos from the internet. This will give you an idea of what you like for style, color and fabric.

A good selection of sewing patterns are available for prom dresses. I have chosen these patterns from the most popular commercial pattern companies. Have a look at the patterns that compare to your pictures and work from there.

A great website to refer to is PatternReview.com.

This website has built up a wonderful selection of pattern reviews. In the menu bar click on the "review gallery" from there you can type in a pattern that you would like to see already made.

It isn't often that there isn't a review of any one pattern, so you will likely find what your looking for.

Vintage Prom Dress Patterns

If you enjoy nostalgia, consider a vintage inspired prom dress. Below are pattern examples available. 

Prom Dress Fabric

Here are examples of what fashion fabrics look like and little information of what they are.

Keep in perspective that you can spend a little more on the fabric because you will make your own prom dress. Many ready to wear prom dresses range from $100.00 for poor quality to hundreds of dollars for great quality.

You can have a $100.00 dollar silk dress if you make it yourself. So don't be afraid to spend a little more on your fabric.

Organza Fabric

Organza is sheer and has a stiff element to it. High quality Organza fabric is made from silk. However, there are man made polyester and nylon organza that are quite lovely and less expensive that it's silk comparison.

Satin Fabric

Satin has a sheen on one side and dull on the other. You can use either side, however, typically the shiny side is used for a dressy garment. Again, satin can be made from silk, or man made fibers.

Silk Fabric

Silk fabric has a very interesting history. In case you are curious, here is information about the history of silk fabric.

Wikipedia article about silk.

Chinese Silk: A Cultural History

Chiffon Fabric

Chiffon is a very flowing light fabric. It is sheer so lining will be necessary. It can be finicky to work with, but if you take your time, the result is lovely. Chiffon is made from silk, and man made fibers.

I hope this inspires you come prom season, to create your own prom dress. 

Happy Sewing!

For more information about prom dresses, leave short prom dresses and go to my design your own prom dress page.

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