okay so me and my BFF are making dresses for our ball in march and we're kind of on a budget and due to our ever developing bodies we can't find a dress to fit us right (the reason we're making our own) and i has no clue how to make a pattern please help o.O
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What kind of dress are you thinking? And just to inform you it's hard to just make a pattern without prior experience (assuming you haven't done it before considering you are asking for pattern making help) and dressmaking takes a lot of practice especially if you're aiming to make a ball gown (if you're going to a ball, I'm assuming you are making a ball gown). It can also cost more to make a dress than to buy one, fabric isn't as cheap as it used to be and it's even more expensive when the fabric is for apparel. If I were you I would just make alterations to a thrift store dress so that it fits you :) Patterns are also a good idea but if you're concerned with fit I would be extra careful when getting the size and making adjustments :D
Some fabric stores will sell patterns for cheap (starting at about $2) or they'll offer coupons so you can get 40% off of a more expensive one.
There are some great tutorials here, but pattern-making is going to be pretty difficult if there isn't one provided.
Circle skirts are very simple to make and look good in all sorts of fabrics. They're also easy to attach to any kind of top.
There are probably bodice pattern generators online somewhere. Do a few Google searches and maybe check BurdaStyle.
In regards to buying a pattern....If you have a Joann's Fabric Store nearby, check out their weekly ads. They have $1 pattern sales very often of patterns by Simplicity, Butterick, McCall's, and Vogue, but Vogue patterns usually only get down to like $5. And when they have these sales, it includes any pattern by the brand on sale. I usually go to town with my pattern purchasing.