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jen0cide
« on: August 28, 2012 06:16:28 PM »

So, I was married, now I'm not, yet the dress remains. It's been a closet for years and is slightly stained, and I've been trying to sell it on craigslist but no one is interested. I've seen a few tutorials, but what I was thinking was, how hard would it be to make it a tea length dress?

The dress has a train, and embroidery all the way around it. Would it be feasible to dye it another color and shorten it, so I could at least wear it to parties or something? I can't bring myself to just give it to good will, I love it too much. Yet I feel bad having my old wedding dress just hanging in the closet now that I live with my new boyfriend. (And before there's sympathy, it was a very easy, mutual parting of ways, we just got married too young and grew apart)

Does anyone have any ideas or could maybe point me to a tutorial? I've been looking, but haven't found one so far.





Thanks all!
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PlumCrafty
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012 05:01:17 AM »

I'm by no means a dressmaker, so others will correct me if I lead you astray, but if you are happy to bear your legs and make a knee length or shorter dress, could you turn the pretty floor edge of the fabric into a stole and perhaps use the train to add in short sleeves/straps to the top (or just use chiffony type of material for that?).

In terms of the dying, I'm sure you can but you may have to get specialty dyes for the type of fabric that the dress is made out of. It may dye that pretty beeding though...but if you go black, that may be ok?

I would love to see the result if you do decide to alter it.
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