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Ivory Silk Wedding Dress

Added Aug 29, 2008

by kimsurf77

El Cajon, Califo...






I re-made this dress from a store bought version. I didn’t like the heavy bridal satin, but I loved the lace on the outside. So, I purchased the dress, and took the entire thing apart. First, I used the bridal satin to alter the dress to my size, luckily it was easy because the dress was too big. Then, I used the bridal satin as a pattern for some raw ivory colored silk that I had purchased. I also used it to adjust the size of the lining from the original dress. I very carefully put the dress back together. Since the raw silk was very delicate, I used interfacing to help keep it’s shape. The delicate lace over the top was tricky to work with, it was only sewn into the dress at the empire waist line and at the darts, it had to be lined up just right so that it didn’t snag or get distorted. It took about 6 weeks to make the entire dress. Each edge of the lace had to be hand tacked along the split at the back where the train is and all along the bottom and top of the dress. It was a lot of work, but I loved making the dress.

Material Notes

An existing wedding dress, raw ivory silk, interfacing, invisible zipper, chiffon, lace, lining and lots of time.





Shannie for helping me install the zipper with “something blue” thread.

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    May 26, 2010, 06.56 PMby frankiesoup

    That dress is beautiful – I’m so impressed by the way you managed to make it into your perfect gown, and that you were brave enough to try in the first place! I’d have been terrified!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 06.48 PMby Danielka Ta

    ahhhhhh burning with jealousy… both of you look absolutely gorgeous! :)

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    Sep 4, 2009, 11.41 PMby malagala

    you are a genius!

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    Oct 24, 2008, 11.49 PMby fabricaddict

    Oh wow you look amazing on your wedding day and that dress is seriously magnificent!! well done, you can be so proud! such beautiful lace, it looks like you had a fantastic day – congrats!!

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    Sep 14, 2008, 07.58 PMby jenla

    That dress is Beautiful!!!

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    Aug 31, 2008, 07.23 PMby erdronen

    Wow! It’s absolutely beautiful! I hope you wear it with pride :) I agree that bridal satin is pretty horrible- I had a similar wedding dress (with the bridal satin underneath lace), and wish I was brave enough to do this! Great job!

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    Aug 31, 2008, 08.10 AMby lukastoka

    wow this is so simple and lovely is that your dress? so why don’t you wear it and put you pics … this is soooooooo nice

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    Aug 30, 2008, 07.08 PMby deziray

    i love love love this dress … i love anything with lace and a retro feel

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    Aug 30, 2008, 06.24 AMby maldrich

    Stunning. I don’t know if I would have thought of this even if I did love the lace. What a good source of pretty lace fabric… i never thought about thrift store wedding dresses…

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    Aug 30, 2008, 06.02 AMby shortiey

    as a newly married bride… i must ask too… is this ur wedding dress?!?! and congrats if it is! =)

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    Aug 29, 2008, 01.58 PMby sweet4u21

    The dress looks beautiful.

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    Aug 29, 2008, 12.55 PMby carlatv

    I’m simply amazed! All the work you did really paid off. Your dress is gorgeous!!! (It’s actually a dream of mine to make my daughters wedding dress)

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    Aug 29, 2008, 10.53 AMby fabricaddict

    beautiful! Is it your wedding dress?

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    Aug 29, 2008, 10.45 AMby junisbabe

    I can’t believe you took this apart, altered it and then put it back together again! I wouldn’t have the guts! It is sooo beautiful! You did an excellent job!!!!

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