Wedding Dress Repurposing

I have jumped into something new and I am VERY excited. 

My wondeful friends have encouraged me to do this after what I have done with my dress.  I am going to start repurposing wedding dresses into something useful for brides.  Whether that is pillows, a quilt, sachet bags, purses, whatever they want.  I can’t wait to get started and get my first customer. 

I mean why not?  Most brides I know have their dresses stored away in a closet or at their parent’s house.  What a great way to re-use the dress for something you can put to use more often.

wedding dress part 1

Holy Camoly I actually started to deconstruct my dress.  Very odd since the week before I was wearing it and LOVING it. 

I have taken the inner dress out and separated the bodice from the bottom of the dress. 

Being under all of that fabric was toasty.  No wonder my assistant was trying to snuggle up to me.  She did not make ripping seams any easier. I found her this week sleeping on the dress in my sewing room.  She must be a fan.

Dress Deconstruction

Saturday evening while watching the Kentucky Derby I am going to start deconstructing my wedding dress.  I LOVED the beading work in it and want to keep it. 

Here I am doing my "Golddigger" dance

Here are my plans for deconstructing the dress and using it’s parts in other projects. 

  • Take the beading in the top away from the inner structure and cut into two inch strips.  I plan to use it around the borders of our wedding photos.
  • Press out the folds in the champagne satin.  Cut into two inch strips and use it around the border of wedding photos as well. 
  • I might give a small piece to both my mother and mother in law. 

I am taking the beading and buttons that ran down the back of the dress and using it around photos as well. 

The rest of the skirt will be kept until we have a baby.  I want to use the skirt as the back of our 1st baby’s quilt.  It’s not a satin so this idea should work out. 

The dress was altered too much to fit me to try to resell it online.  Plus, who wants to part with all of those awesome beads?

I REALLY Need to Spend Some Time Sewing

Thank you for the wedding advice last week.  It was a whirlwind and an amazing event. 

Wow, it has really been a few weeks since I have sat down and sewed.  I am anxiously awaiting getting back to sitting in front of my machine. 

The amount of projects that I have is amazing.  Here is my list of May projects to get working on:

1.  Finish a wedding quilt for a friend married in November

2.  Start and finish a baby quilt for Jett born 3 weeks ago.

3.  Start baby quilt from November wedding.  Yep, a honeymoon baby is on the way. 

4.  Deconstruct my wedding dress.  I am taking the beading and satin off to use around our wedding photos.  The skirt will be saved for a quilt when we decide to have kids. 

5.  Make more stuff for my Etsy.  I’ve had a few views on items, but no buyers.  My in-laws received quite a few of my potholders over the weekend.  Time to make more. 

Here is a photo from this weekend’s festivities. 

Taken on Butler University's Campus.