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Upcycled Silk Prom Dress

Added Mar 16, 2012

by Carrie Cochr...

Hollywood, Flori...






My challenge was to upcycle an old brides maid dress of silk shantung into a glamourous modern prom dress. The original dress was a hand me down from mother to daughter for this special occasion. A size 8 A-line dress with spaghetti straps left much to be desired for a beautiful size 4 high school senior girl.

My inspiration- Hollywood legends such as Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe

After seeing the dress for the first time I came up with a sketch, then draped a pattern and went from there. I used every bit of the original dress even crafting a belt with the scrap cuttings. I cut and gathered over 20 yards of tulle to create the trumpet underskirt. Magically a new shape and dress emerged with fantastic results.




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    Mar 20, 2012, 06.52 PMby laurakealey


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    Mar 19, 2012, 03.23 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

    This was a very rewarding project, the result even surpassed my own expectations leaving me very thirsty to reinvent some more old dresses. My client was easy to please and thrilled with the design and results. Maybe the easiest client ever!

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    Mar 18, 2012, 09.43 PMby pamchar


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    Mar 18, 2012, 09.04 PMby mojo elgin

    It’s gorgeous! What a great idea! Why waste beautiful fabric by letting it hang in the back of the closet!? I’m sure mother and daughter were very pleased with the results of the makeover…

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      Mar 19, 2012, 03.19 PMby Carrie Cochran Cabrera

      thank you for your kind words, yes Mother and daughter are thrilled. This turned out to be a very rewarding project with easy to please clients that loved the concept from the start.

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    Mar 17, 2012, 04.29 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Bravo! I especially love the shape of the skirt.

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    Mar 17, 2012, 11.29 AMby libra-s

    Stunning !!!

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    Mar 17, 2012, 10.59 AMby blueartisan

    You’ve turned something ‘eh’ into something WOW! Now that’s talent! This girl must have been the belle of the ball!

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    Mar 17, 2012, 08.14 AMby lucilleheugh

    I’m all for recycling of clothing. This is beautifully done!!!

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    Mar 17, 2012, 03.53 AMby EdelweissPatterns

    Stunning! That is my idea of a beautiful gown.

    Happy sewing,


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    Mar 17, 2012, 01.28 AMby schnui

    Beautiful!! I love your refashion of this dress.

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    Mar 17, 2012, 12.33 AMby kinsmana

    Wow…well done! What a beautiful gown.

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