Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Altering My Mom's Wedding Dress for My Sister

12.23.2014

Altering My Mom's Wedding Dress for My Sister

My sister is getting married today! Back in the summer when she got engaged, we decided to make her wedding dress together. We chose a pattern and made the first mock-up. We did the first fitting at my mom's house, and afterwards my sister randomly decided to try on my mom's wedding dress. And she fell in love with it. She wanted to wear it! So we switched all our plans and planned the alterations. Isn't she beautiful?
This is my sister wearing the dress before we did any alterations. The netting on the back and sleeves had browned over time. We took out the browned netting and replaced it with netting from my late grandma. We shortened the sleeves and took out the flair. We cut down the neckline and replaced some of the lining. We saved all the lace from the parts we cut off and placed them on the front and back neckline are. We also replaced the zipper because it was deteriorating.
Here are the two beautiful brides side by side. My brother edited the background of my sister to look like my mom's.
It took awhile to sew in all the lace pieces, but it turned out so pretty. It was fun to work on it with my sister too. And it has so much history in it.
Heather

14 comments:

  1. That's lovely! I'm so glad the dress got to be worn again:) congrats to your beautiful sister!

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  2. Wow! What a lovely transformation! It's so beautiful and meaningful!

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  3. Sarah looks fantastic, as does the dress. Beautiful! Best wishes to her and her husband!

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  4. Breathtaking. And what a beautiful, sentimental project that you and the next generations of your family will always cherish!

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  5. I love it! And your sister is beautiful!!! I wore my mom's wedding dress also, which the befores looked very similar. My mom and I did the alterations, taking out the high neckline and removing the sleeves.

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  6. it turned out amazing! I can't believe how much your sister looks like you!

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  7. This is just amazing. Great work. What a beautiful bride, too!

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  8. Just stunning great job !!!!!!!

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  9. Great job to both of you. and your sister looks so beautiful on it. =D

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  10. That's gorgeous, you did a great job and how special for both of them!

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  11. How special!! And the alterations / outcome is stunning!! LOVE IT!!

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  12. wow !!! Your sister is very pretty and Love the idea of using Mom's dress.Very lovely. Photos are like a beautiful paintings :)

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