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« on: March 02, 2008 05:39:25 AM »

I'm a bride on a budget looking for a unique wedding dress - something classic with a hint of a modern twist.  This dress came FREE from freecycle (can't beat free!) but is a few sizes too big and I'd like to make it a little more current.  The rose lace is absolutely gorgeous!

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I'm going to pick it up today, but looking at the pics I'm not quite sure what to do with it besides shorten the sleeves and add a sash:


Anyone have some amazing suggestions?  I really love the old hollywood glam style to get us started in a direction, but am open to anything.  Perhaps I am in over my head here.  HELP:)
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008 07:57:13 AM »

Here's the Good News: Comercially produced wedding gowns are designed to be altered! you'll notice the skirt and top have an easily alterable seam for making adjistments, pretty details are often just tacked in place so they are easily moved, the side seams will have lots of fabric in them (which you don't need, but no big deal). If there's a lace band at the hem you'll notice it is easily removed to be raised.

Not So Good News: All that seam ripping is time consuming, and tiring to the fingers- take you time & be careful. You will not be able to get matching lace or fabric if you make a mistake, plan carefully before cutting. Laundering wedding gowns is expensive, at least $50. You will want to launder it before the wedding, possibly before doing your recon, make sure there aren't champagne stains dribbled down the front of the skirt.
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