Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

$3 Wedding Dress

Added Nov 1, 2010

by howjoyful

Crestline, Calif...






Last year my husband and I didn’t have time to plan our costumes for Halloween, so this year we decided early to be a Mail order Bride and Geek.

I searched for short wedding dress inspiration, tons of it actually, but since my own costume was at the end of the to-do list for last week. I end up with only 6 hours to make the dress, so I had to change my design and make it more time-friendly.

I kept the top just like I wanted and changed just the bottom of the dress, my plan was to have a bottom full of rosettes – very over the top :) but I end up making just an underskirt with left over purple from my my real wedding dress and a plain bottom. I didn’t use any patterns and just cut and measure myself to make it.

I used some old curtains that my husband’s Aunt gave me to make the dress, the purple left overs, and I spend $3 on the white satin I used for the inside and the outside details. it has an incorporated satin sash just because I’m weird like that :)

One of my favorite parts were the back, I also made the purple detachable so I can wear it and show as much purple as I want, or none. I also think it looks cute without the underskirt, it’s more like a normal dress.

You can see the full post and the rest of the pics in this blog post.

Material Notes

mostly recycled materials




Garment Type

26 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Tayo_oni_large

    Apr 3, 2013, 01.28 PMby Temitayo Olufunmi

    This is lovely.

  • Missing

    Apr 27, 2011, 03.12 AMby lipglosspops101

    u should so post a tutorial

  • Photo_on_2011-02-14_at_11_18_large

    Apr 17, 2011, 07.27 AMby mnavoy

    amazing! i would wear it as my REAL wedding dress!

  • Dscf4800_large

    Nov 6, 2010, 12.04 PMby lelie

    Wow! Great dress!

  • Scarlet_large

    Nov 5, 2010, 06.21 AMby scarletohara

    this dress is amazing seriously!!!! so beautiful!

  • Img_2064_1_small_large

    Nov 5, 2010, 12.08 AMby TheSerialHobbyistGirl

    Beautiful. I’d actually wear this as a wedding dress.

  • 424105_3023878276493_1248836080_33193468_770753063_n_1__large

    Nov 3, 2010, 09.06 PMby simone272

    This is beautiful! How many layers of tulle did you use for the skirt?

    1 Reply
    • Joy-closeup_large

      Nov 15, 2010, 09.15 AMby howjoyful

      I used 4 layers of tulle and the bottom satin for the dress. For the petticoat I used 6 small length layers in the bottom, 6 medium layers about half the length and then 4 at the top. it is a lot of layers :D

  • Pc310016_large

    Nov 2, 2010, 10.46 AMby peaches2218

    If you don’t think you’ll wear this, you should consider selling it. It’s completely wearable, and no one would imagine it had originally been a Halloween costume. Excellent work for such a tight time limit.

  • Dsc01201_large

    Nov 2, 2010, 09.09 AMby Maria Alejandra Curbelo Cal

    Absolutamente precioso…¡Bellisimo!.

  • 6732_110200071525_577356525_2776377_2294760_n_large

    Nov 2, 2010, 07.20 AMby oshy31


  • Joy-closeup_large

    Nov 2, 2010, 06.10 AMby howjoyful

    Thank you everyone =]

  • Brady_and_kelly_large

    Nov 2, 2010, 03.30 AMby kellybriggs

    BEAUTIFUL! I would have worn that at my wedding. I love it!

  • Cerdicono_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 08.40 PMby holasoylulu

    well done!!

  • P1120443_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 03.15 PMby alyc

    Gorgeous !

  • Picture_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 03.08 PMby seedling

    Oh I love it! 6 hours?! I think I spent 6 hours just sewing the sequins on my Halloween costume… Kudos to you!!

  • 67_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 11.07 AMby doudou

    WoooowwwW your dress is so beautiful !!! so original !!

  • 2_dsc_1140_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 10.50 AMby magdamagda

    its better than many wedding dresses out there… actually its so so lovely! congrats!

  • Dirty_karma7_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 07.02 AMby kdrodgers

    I love it….so fresh, so fun, so lovely!!!!

  • Minna998779_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 06.27 AMby minkyone

    Oh wow, You´re so talented! Amazing dress.

  • Dsc09595avatar_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 06.18 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    such a great dress! i love it!

  • Image6_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 06.15 AMby lemadrid

    That is gorgeous!!

  • Dsc01330_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 05.28 AMby nishavinod2009


  • Project_runway_remake_rowenta_023-1_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 01.13 AMby nidhi

    wow, so beautiful! i love it!

  • 1_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 01.09 AMby Zane Tanqueco


  • 149646_461287717745_580112745_6144100_1261499_n_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 12.55 AMby gaviccaabri

    Unbelievable, It’s beautiful!

  • 5196510037_0646d0f80e_o_large

    Nov 1, 2010, 12.51 AMby kelepso

    Are you kidding me? $3? This pretty amazing and it look couture! Wow, I am impressed!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 48 people added it