It used to be that most girl's moms or grandmas or even teen girls themselves made their special occasion clothing such as prom dresses. I didn't have my prom dress made, but my mom did make my graduation dress, and it was pretty special. My mom was pretty handy with a sewing machine, and I loved all the dresses she made for me growing up. I want to learn to sew better because handmade clothes really are the best, especially for formal dresses, because you can alter them to fit the wearer's measurements so they fit like a glove. Not only is it awesome to have a custom dress, but it can save you money as well because making a dress costs a fraction of what a store bought dress would cost, even on discount. To get you started, I rounded up 8 free prom dress patterns for you!
8 Free Prom Dress Patterns
For something cute and shorter, try this Sweetheart Bubble Dress from Burda Style. It looks easy enough even for beginners.
If vintage is your thing, try this 50's Fashion dress from Your Style Rocks. This would be perfect to alter and make in a variety of colors.
This dress by Modern Sewing Patterns is called a Wedding Dress, but I think it makes a very nice formal prom dress gown.
Cocktail dresses are getting more and more popular as prom styles and this Little Black Dress pattern from So Sew Easy is a very nice basic pattern to follow with some lace overlay.
Tousled Day created an an easy Evening Dress pattern that is perfect for a simple prom dress. It looks easy enough that a beginner seamstress could handle it.
For another vintage inspired dress, check out this cocktail style Prom Dress from Peppermint Magazine. (Scroll to the middle of the page and click on the red dress for the free pattern)
Modern Sewing Patterns has fashioned a nice Ball Gown Dress with Sweetheart neckline for you to use. This is a very simple dress pattern so it can easily be crafted into something truly custom!
I have always loved the look of Greek goddess dresses and this Golden Goddess Dress from Sharon Sews is spot on. It can even be worn a couple of different ways.
When is the prom you are making this dress for? I would love to hear about it in the comments!