A thousand dollar wedding dress any modern Cinderella would be proud to wear- semi-homemade, simple yet elegant, green (recycled) and free...wait did I say free? Stay with me folks and I'll show you how to turn thin air into your dream dress like magic. All you need is this instructable and a bit of magic. Follow these steps and you can turn a free outa fashion dress into the dress of your dreams!
Step 1: Find the dress
So after you've found the man that loves you it's time to find the dress you love. There are thousands of shops that sell last year's fashion at rock bottom prices. However, I think saving a really doomed dress kinda poetic. Check out craigslist.com or freecyle.com and post that you'd take any dress. I ended up with this one from the 80's.
The poor little dress was thrown into the garbage when a kind woman came across it and decided it was too beautiful to end up in a landfill. When I posted I wanted an old dress on www.freecycle.com she responded. About five sizes too small and the polar opposite of what I imagine my wedding dress, I took it anyway. It's a beautiful silk dress with yards and yard of fabric, nearly 50 pounds of silk and pearls! Next step designing the perfect dress.
Step 2: Design Perfection
An older dress has many flaws but also character that can give you ideas. I imagine crisp clean lines with just a hint of embellishment. I also dream of a billowy gown that grazes the ground as I walk down the aisle. How romantic! That simply wasn't the 1980's high shoulders full length sleeves encased in beads. So I went to work drawing a very simple picture of what I did want.
My sketch isn't pretty but it's just a reference. It gave me an idea of what I wanted and what I had. I needed to turn this dress into a slimmer gown with a corset top and no long train.