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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.
 
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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!


this is very creative

sabu.dawdy2 years ago
you never fail to impress me miss sochomorro lol =D lovelyyyyyy
victoriakc2 years ago
It broke my heart a little bit that you cut up that beautiful vintage dress (I have a weakness for those)..

It turned out nice though.
Wow! I don't think I'd have the courage/heart to cut into vintage gorgeousness, but with all your planning it truly came out beautiful and one of a kind. I'm so glad you tried to use everything and kept what wasn't used, the fabric hoarder in me is in awe. :-)
Wow! You all did a wonderful job sewing and altering this very special three-generation wedding gown.
radarovich3 years ago
that is amazing...lets all us "moms" have hope that maybe, just maybe our daughters will want to wear our dresses - with some personal tweaking of course! Bravo!
Pentacle3 years ago
It's so beautiful, I'm in awe... @.@
Everytime I see your stuff, I think, "Is there nothing she can't do?" (Double negative, I know.) You are amazing. I enjoy ALL your tutorials!
paganwonder4 years ago
Thanks for being such a wonderful influence on my middle daughter- words cannot express my gratitude for your work. Peace
scoochmaroo (author)  paganwonder4 years ago
I'm flattered. Thank you.
tbcross4 years ago
I'm actually printing this out and saving it for my girls. I have 2 wedding dresses. One from my late husband and I and one for my upcoming wedding. I didn't know who might want which dress or if they could sorta take turns but maybe they could do this instead and have a little of both and a dress made just for them. GREAT IDEA and great ible!! Thanks your awesome!
scoochmaroo (author)  tbcross4 years ago
That's a great idea!
hammer98764 years ago
Absolutely gorgeous!
scoochmaroo (author)  hammer98764 years ago
Thank you!
I love the way you "bustled" the train up and out of the way!
bethblue4 years ago
Unbelievable!!! I am completely in awe of the work you did; excellent use of vintage materials and a great honor for the bride's grandmother!!
kathynv4 years ago
Thank you for sharing your incredible masterpiece. I wore my mother-in-law's gown, and my daughter wants to wear this memory of her beloved grandmother. However, she'd also like to look as if her gown was last stylish in 1948. I was fortunate to purchase a vintage gown that is the twin of mine, so I'll have a little extra fabric to help me in case of mistakes. (gowns of that era are often available on eBay for very little money.)

Thank you, thank you, thank you again for the inspiration.
Kaiven4 years ago
Looks fantastic. What material is used to make wedding dresses? Is there a way to do this from "scratch?"
scoochmaroo (author)  Kaiven4 years ago
Absolutely! I've made dresses from scratch out of silk, organza, lace, you name it! This dress was silk and lace.
JohnJY4 years ago
Give the couple my best of luck and wishes!
angelabchua4 years ago
that is so amazing and beautiful. And very ballsy! Id be terrified to tear into an heirloom dress. but I also lack the skill and know-how that you clearly have. You are so talented! teach meeeeeeeeee. hahah
Wow! It turned out perfect!

If only more people had the patience to do this. :)
Kiteman4 years ago
Gorgeous job!
canida4 years ago
Wow, that's awesome!
tbcross4 years ago
I love this ible!! I am going to print it out and save it for my girls. Thanks so much for sharing it! Just a wonderful idea and a beautiful dress!!
JohnJY4 years ago
Beautiful work, creativity, while still keeping family traditions alive.