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SamiGirl
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Date: 1/7/11 4:12 AM

I tried on my old wedding dress (1991). It was gorgeous, perfect, beautiful in every way! But it doesn't zip completely and I won't be wearing it anyway.

What on earth can I make out of it? Pillowcases...hmmm. This is heavily beaded with satin lining and piles of beaded lace. It wants me to make something smaller to celebrate my 20th anniversary.

Chime in, Ladies! What did you do with yours, and what do you suggest?

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Date: 1/7/11 9:29 AM

I'd love to make my dd's communion dress out of mine but am not up to that level of sewing. It'd crush me if it became a wadder. I know she will be taller than me by 2'' if what they say is true to double the inches when the child is 2 years old. I was also underweight when I married by 10 lbs so more than likely she won't fit into it.

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Date: 1/7/11 9:36 AM

I had always thought I would use mine to make a christening gown for one of my children. That didn't happen as it was lost in a fire at my parent's house a few months after I was married.
I would probably have been afraid to cut into it anyway. I'm like that with anything really nice.
Could you maybe dye it and make another garment from the fabric? Pillows?

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Date: 1/7/11 10:01 AM

My wedding dress is in the dress up box. I got to use my mother's wedding dress for dress up too.

There was no possibility of my wearing my mother's dress past the age of 10 as she is not big busted.

I do not really feet sentimental about the dress, or any clothes.

I made the dress, and am still married almost 19 years later.

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Date: 1/7/11 12:21 PM

I just googled "repurpose wedding dress crafts" (without quotes) and there were a zillion sites and blogs with suggestions. It's sort of hard for me to offer a specific suggestion myself, not having seen the dress and not knowing your taste in home decor, but I bet those lists will inspire you. Good luck!
PS Happy anniversary!
-- Edited on 1/7/11 12:22 PM --

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Heather in Baltimore

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Date: 1/7/11 2:26 PM

I think you could cut off some of the bottom and make that part into a Glamor scarf, Shoulder / Sling purse, or a Sachet. Use the dress to give to someone you trust to keep it clean and/or sell it. But first sew up the bottom after you cut part of the bottom off. I think it would look good as a purse.

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In reply to SamiGirl


Date: 1/7/11 6:42 PM

If it's heavily ornamented, what better than a luxurious lingerie or panty case?

Or a couple for incredibly fine gifts for friends or relatives.

If it's real silk, how about a frilly, short negligee? A corset cover? An impossibly feminine beaded evening bag? Or, heck, a beautiful kokoshnik? Or these lacy versions.

Doesn't every woman deserve at least one crown?


-- Edited on 1/7/11 6:58 PM --

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Date: 1/7/11 6:49 PM

I made my wedding dress in September, 1981. It has enough fabric in the skirt to make a couple of dresses ;). It's bundled up in a box in somewhere in the attic. If my daughter doesn't want to use either the dress or the fabric when she gets married, I"ll probably just leave it up there for the grandkids to giggle over some day.

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I've quit fighting my inner demons. We're on the same side now.

It's just fabric; we can out-think it.

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Date: 1/10/11 7:50 PM

Donated 3 old wedding dresses to a theater company who is always looking for costumes. They loved them! Then lots of people will get to enjoy them.

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Date: 1/10/11 11:28 PM

Well, there was no way my DD would wear my wedding dress, though it's still hermetically sealed in a box in my closet (with the veil). She's a different size, shape, and style! I thought I would cut it up and make ring-bearer pillows for each of my kids when my older son got married a year ago (something old?), but my DH had a cow! He's very sentimental. Maybe I can convince him it's more romantic/sentimental if I made a lingerie bag or something, rather than it sitting in our closet another 30 years. You all have given me inspiration!!

Thank you!

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~Debbie

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