How to Make A Satin Bridesmaid Dress? 12 Complete Steps

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The production of satin bridesmaid dresses requires 12 steps. Before starting production, the first thing to do is to obtain body size data, make patterns and samples, select fabric, test the ironing temperature and machine needle. The production process includes cutting, sewing, accessories making and ironing. The finished dress undergoes quality inspection, packaging and logistics transportation to the customer, and sometimes details need to be modified.

Anyone can easily customize a satin bridesmaid dress online, however, choosing an uncomfortable fabric or receiving a dress that doesn't fit are all possible problems.

The following article will introduce the detailed process of making satin bridesmaid dresses, which is based on our over ten years of experience. Among other things, we’ll also discuss how to deal with a dress that doesn’t fit right. let's start!

What Tools Do You Need to Make A Satin Bridesmaid Dress?

How to Measure Body Size at Home?

Before starting production, the first step is to get the correct body size data. This is a very error-prone process, but don't worry, follow the guide below and you'll avoid many errors.

Measuring tools

Tape measure

Measurement skills

  1. Confirm the measurement unit (inch/cm, 1inch=2.54cm)
  2. Wear tight clothes or just be naked
  3. Do not measure immediately after eating or exercising
  4. Do not inhale and tighten your abdomen or clamp your body with your arms
  5. When measuring, keep your body upright and your arms drooping naturally
  6. When measuring, the tape should not be too tight or too loose, just keep it close to the body
  7. Measure twice or more to get an average size

Measurement part

Bust size: Measure around the high point of the chest with a tape measure

Waist size: Breathe naturally, measure one week along the thinnest part of your waist (usually two fingers or 1inch above the belly button)

Hip size: Stand upright with your legs together and measure the most convex part of your buttocks

What Is the Process for Making a Satin Bridesmaid Dress?

Get the Body Size Data

Follow the measurement guide to obtain body size data accurately.

Make Pattern and Sample

The pattern maker makes a pattern of the garment based on the customer's design drawing or dress sample.

The sample worker sews the sample with greige based on the pattern.

Fabric Selection

Fabric buyers purchase different fabrics based on customer requirements. The selection of satin fabrics is very rich. Satin is a famous fabric. According to different raw materials, satin can be subdivided into Antique Satin, Baronet Satin, and Charmeuse Satin. Customers can choose different fabrics according to their preferences and economic budgets.

Check the Ironing Temperature and Needle

After receiving the fabric, the cutter first takes a small portion of the fabric for an ironing temperature test.

Because the temperature tolerances are different in different fabrics, for example, the ironing temperature of silk satin is 120-150℃. If the ironing temperature is higher than 150℃, the fabric will be damaged forever.

The sewing machine needle also needs to be selected to match the thickness and length of the fabric and stitching.


The tailor cuts the specified fabrics separately based on the decided sample.


When making a satin bridesmaid dress, the inside and outside of the dress are usually sewn separately before the different parts are sewn together, as people often have different needs for the inner and outer fabrics.


  • The lining is located on the inside of the dress and is usually made of smooth and thin fabrics, facilitating the putting on and taking off of the dress
  • The lining can also serve as thermal insulation for clothing.
  • The lining is often in contact with the skin, and a suitable lining fabric protects the skin from irritating outer fabrics.
  • The lining moves with the body, helping to prevent wrinkles in the outer fabric


  • The fabric directly determines the appearance of the dress, and satin fabric is popular because of its good drape and gloss.
  • The sewing of fabrics is usually more detailed and sometimes requires ironing and sewing at the same time.
  • In order to make the dress wide and stylish, the details are sometimes treated with adhesive lining.

The combination of lining and fabric not only affects the comfort of wearing but also affects the service life of the dress. If the lining and fabric shrink at different rates, the service life will be shortened.

For example, when you choose silk as the fabric, in order to maintain consistent shrinkage and breathability, the lining cannot be made of chemical fiber, and it is best to use the same silk material.

Make Dress Accessories

After the fabrics are spliced, necessary parts for wearing the dress should be added, such as metal zippers or buttons.

To keep the overall harmony of the dress, the buttons are usually made of the same fabric as the dress and sewn on by hand, which makes the buttons beautiful and strong.


Ironing is a particularly important process that determines the final look of the dress. The ironing temperature, humidity, and intensity all require attention to keep the shape of the fabric. In addition, satin is easily scratched and requires special care.

Quality Inspection

Before being put into storage, the complete satin bridesmaid dresses need to be quality inspected to ensure that each dress meets the standards. The main aspects of finished product inspection include:

  • Check the dress size
  • Check excess thread ends
  • Check stains on the surface
  • Check the stitching
  • Check whether the buttons or zippers are intact


After confirming that the dress is qualified, one or several dresses will be put into the packaging bag according to the customer's requirements. The color and style of the dress and other information will be recorded on the outer shell of the packaging bag.


The shipping time hugely varies due to distance and transportation. After receiving an order, chicsew usually takes 10-15 days to make the dress, and then 5-10 days to ship the dress to the customer. Of course, if customers want to receive the dress as soon as possible, they can also choose a rush order, and the time from production to delivery will be reduced to 20 days.


The final dress may sometimes not fit properly due to measurement errors or the effect of different fabrics on sizing. Don’t worry, chicsew offers limited modification reimbursement for all dresses (including standard size dresses and custom size dresses), you just need to submit a photo of Chicsew’s receipt and we will do the rest. Please check our reimbursement limits (USD) for custom-sized dresses below:

Dresses $99 or less - Reimbursement limit $20
Dresses $100 - $199 - Reimbursement limit $30
Dresses over $200 - Reimbursement limit $40


Satin is a high-end fabric that can easily match a variety of weddings. At the same time, due to the complexity of the production process, you should learn some methods to properly maintain satin bridesmaid dresses.

Customizing satin bridesmaid dresses online is something worth trying. You can buy better quality clothes with less money, and the process is very simple. All you need to do is to place an order online and insert your body size data, and then just wait. Try it once, it will bring you a surprising experience!


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