We took an antique wedding dress worn by the bride's mother and grandmother for their weddings, and revamped it for a modern twist on a classic look.
Cutting apart a 3-generation-old dress was a daunting task, but to achieve our design for Elizabeth's perfect dress, it had to be done. Much time and care was put into removing the delicate lace pieces and repositioning the fabric where it had faded with time.
The end result was a stunning custom wedding dress with a long history of love.
Step 1: The Original Dress
The original dress was a gorgeous monster of silk satin and lace, with long sleeves, a high neck and a train that could rival Diana's. Did I mention the full petticoat underneath?
We knew we'd have to cut away most of the fabric to create the simple, airy dress Liz was dreaming about. (Don't worry - the sleeves became gloves, some of the train became a hat, and almost all of the lace was used. The rest she still has!)
Step 2: Taking it Apart
Though this isn't a traditional step-by-step expository Instructable, if you follow the story and have some experience sewing, you should be able to understand how to go about taking your own vintage garment and turning into the piece of your dreams!
The first step in tackling this beast was to remove the tiny bodice from the ample skirt. After steaming out the dense gathers, it was easier to get an idea of what we had to work with. We knew we wanted to keep the lace insets, but to use them in a different design. And because the front of the skirt had become discolored, we decided to use the longer pieces in the back to become the front of the skirt!