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Monday, June 08, 2015

White wedding dress to modify

Since prom I found a solid white wedding dress that has no embellishments on it.  This type of dress thrift shopping (junking) usually sells for about ($50.00 and $125.00 but it had mud on the edge of it from the hem to  4 to about 8 inches up everywhere including the under petticoat layers).  It was priced at $12.00 I assume because of this I talked to the manager and asked if that was the best price as dry cleaning would cost about $40.00 and may not get it out.  So he sold it to me for $10.00.  This dress has a label in it from Dave's Bridel in Orem so I decided to look on-line and see about how much it cost originally ... $349.00 dollars on sale right now for 198.48 so $10.00 I am doing good with this dress ( Satin A-line with Asymmetrical Skirt).

On the off chance I could get the stain out myself without paying the dry cleaning fee I turned the dress inside out and tossed it into my front loading washing machine on a gentle cycle with several extra pre-washes and extra rinses ( this is what we do at the costume shop where I work to wash wedding dresses for plays).  So I thought I would give it a try. I hung it to dry did not toss in dryer.   Guess what the stains came out looks almost brand new now.  Where it looks a little old is the hem where it dragged and snagged.  But since my daughter needs about 2 inches cut off anyway that part will go away.  Because it does look like a wedding dress all white I will be adding color to it in the form bead work and the like.  We originally were going to add robins egg blue piped cord to it around the front piece and matching bead work we had a hard time finding that color.  So that has been changed to Royal plum instead now.   Here is wishing me luck to embellish this one for my daughter who likes fluffy dresses and make it not look like a wedding dress so much.  This is for the daughter that had the green dress above.  The bead-work is planned to come in from the left side of the torso and fade out into the rest of the front panel piece.  The under part in the front will be left plain.  This is also a strapless dress which means my daughter will have to wear a shirt under it and a jacket over it to. Which gives us another spot to add color to pull it out of the wedding dress look it has.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you did awesome work on this!! I am glad that you got this dress on such an affordable price. I also have low budget for my wedding. I just booked the most affordable NY venues and now looking for such an inexpensive but beautiful wedding gown.


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