How to Design Your Own Prom Dress Online

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!

DesignYourOwnPromDressOnline.jpg
No needle & thread required! These online design tools were made for designing your dream dress. Walter B. McKenzie/Getty Images

Fame and Partners has taken online dress designing and made it totally chic. Currently their design tool is available via their website, and it's geared towards bridesmaids, but you could totally use the styles and colors to make a prom dress. They also have a nifty sharing tool so you can share the design with your friends and family to see what they think before you commit.  More »

Screen-Shot-2015-02-06-at-4.07.03-PM.png
Olivia Luca's design tool makes it super easy to design your own dress. OliviaLuca.com

Olivia Luca's design studio was made for girls with a creative eye who aren't so handy with a needle and thread. They'll custom-sew prom, homecoming or special occasion dresses, and have a handy tool for designing your dress- you don't even have to know how to draw! Their online design tool lets you select your skin tone, bodice style, skirt style, length, fabric, and color. You can add sparkle and other flair as you want. After all, it's your design!  More »

We 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 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. More »

04
of 07

PIOL.com has the simplest online dress design tool we've come across. And, they really help you narrow your color choices down by asking you what your hair, skin and eye colors are. Then, you're given a bunch of fabrics that will match perfectly with your coloring. The dress silhouettes are somewhat limited, so you may want to use this for semi-formal and homecoming dress designs. More »

05
of 07

Free Dress Patterns Online

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. Our 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.

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 we can do them!
  More »

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 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.
  More »