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How to Design Your Own Prom Dress… Online!

Pick your perfect fabric, length and color, even if you’re not a design whiz


Prom dresses are special and sentimental. So, how you can you make sure you stand out like no other? Why, design your own prom dress! You don’t even have to be handy with a needle and thread. Really! If you know what color, style and fabric you desire, you can design the prom dress of your dreams with a little help from these handy websites. And, even if you are a sewing whiz, I’ve included a few resources for free patterns and ideas for creating prom accessories. So, let your imagination run wild and let’s design your dream prom dress!

1. PromGirl.com

PromGirl.com has a stellar collection of prom dresses from nearly every big designer in the formal biz. But, they also provide an option for shoppers to design their very own custom prom dress. Dresses start at $230 and it takes about 4-6 weeks for your dress to be sewn, so make sure you plan ahead.

You can use your imagination when designing your dream dress. PromGirl.com accepts original sketches as well as photos of the dress you’d like to replicate. They will up to four images… and I’d recommend taking them up on that offer. The more specific you can be about the cut, detailing and color, the better your dress will come out!

Have someone take your measurements, then contact PromGirl to get started. You can contact them via their website or by called (888) THE-PROM!

Need dress inspiration? Check out these red carpet looks:

2. PromDressExpress.com

Prom Dress Express has a range of prom, quinceanera and sweet sixteen dresses, but if you don’t see one that you like, they’ll custom-sew a dress based off of your design! A custom dress starts at $219, and it can take up to 10 weeks for delivery. Although, you can get your dress faster (5-7 weeks) if you’re willing to pay a little extra.

Start by sketching your ideal prom dress. If drawing isn’t your thing, you can use photos of dresses you’ve seen that you love. Then have someone take your measurements. Then, contact Prom Dress Express for the next steps! You can email them through their website or call (724) 827-2173.

Inspiration for your custom prom dress:

3. CocoMyles.com

CocoMyles.com offers a super-easy prom dress designer, and it’s the most affordable of all of the online dressmakers. Prices start at $150, and it takes about 5 weeks for them to make your dress. However… you have to use their custom dress creator when designing your dress, and not all of the tops and bottoms will mix and match.

You start off with a dress silhouette on the CocoMyles site. They have all of the basic styles, like ballgowns, pick-up hems, and straight hip hugging dresses. Then you choose your fabric, beading, whether you want a shawl, sash and bows. Decide on a color, then order away!

More dress ideas:

4. DollDivine.com

I found an adorable prom dress designer online that’s technically supposed to be a game…but with the amount of color, style and cut options, it could seriously help you design the prom dress of your dreams. You can mix and match busts, skirts, sashes and embellishments in every color of the rainbow. And you can customize the model’s hair color and style so she’ll mirror yours.

If you’re not great at sketches (like I am) or if you just need to see a photo of something before you can commit to it, try out this dress designer.

The only downside to the DollDivine game is that it only accommodates one body shape. But, if you know what looks good on your body, you can probably the cut and style here.

5. Free Dress Patterns Online

My fellow About Guide Rain Blanken is a DIY Fashion master. If you’re into sewing and you want the satisfaction of designing your own prom dress from scratch, check out her compilation of free dress patterns. My favorites are the Junya Watanabe dress, the dress with a veil and the little black dress.

If some of these patterns don’t seem formal enough, just remember- using luxurious fabric and embellishing your dress with crystals, beads and sequins can instantly up the formal factor.

Designing your own prom dress from start to finish can be daunting, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

6. DiY Prom Clothing

Perhaps designing a dress is a little too much for you… perhaps you’d like to try your hand at sewing a clutch, creating cute hair sticks or some DIY jewelry instead? Rain has put together an entire section on how to custom-make prom accessories, and they’re so easy that… heck, even I can do them!

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