Friday, March 7, 2014

Happily Ever After: Upcycling your Wedding Dress

     You had the most beautiful wedding dress and where is it sitting now? Most likely it is sitting in a box in your closet. The phrase you commonly hear with bridesmaids in regards to their dresses is "the best part is you can shorten your dress and wear later." Why shouldn't this phrase also be applicable to the bride? Upcycle your wedding dress into something you can wear for dressy events, such as other weddings, banquets, or a night out. There are many ways you can do this, by shortening the dress, using the sparkling bodice, adding different fabric for the skirt of the dress or using it behind the lace, printing/dyeing, and many more. Your level of creativity is unlimited and this will allow to create own design.
    Here are some different ways:

                                    Stitch This: Wedding Dress Edition
    My team, The Fab Four, (SEE BELOW) decided to go with a Kentucky Derby theme, where we used the technique of keeping the bodice, but incorporating a blue satin fabric into the skirt and accessorized with a handmade wide-brim hat featuring blue satin fabric roses.     Wedding dresses are very expensive and with reconstructing your dress, you will be able to wear it many more times. There are many different tutorials and ideas available on Pinterest or blogs. The compliments you will receive along with the number of times you can wear it, will allow the dress to pay for itself.





  1. Very cool ideas! I've also loved the Wreck the Dress photo sessions.

    1. I find them to be very interesting as well, but then I think of how much money was spent on that dress. I love the movie 27 Dresses, so the quote-"Aren't these dresses great? The best part is you can shorten them and wear them again." The sessions definitely have a good goal in mind.

  2. THIS IS AN AWESOME IDEA! My wedding dress was a $90 gold sundress, so there's not much repurposing. However, if I had a more traditional dress, I'd be all over this!

    1. Thanks, Kelli! It was definitely a fun time! I really wish there was an opportunity to play with old wedding dresses and see all of the different ideas I could come up with. I am not married yet, but I don't know if I would keep it and preserve it or upcycle it.