|Top piece is cotton & bottom right piece is polyester|
So, back to the wedding gowns. The second gown looked to be a 1980's gown made of a heavy duchess silk satin that is just amazing. (I have plans for this one for a future project!) Again, it had some issues, one of which being such a dated design style, that the seller was just looking to unload it for a Halloween costume. Lucky me! So, my point here is sometimes, as a seamstress, we have to "think outside the bolt" and see potential in different places and different ways. Curtains, especially vintage curtains, have made for some fabulous ensembles. Re-purposed wedding gowns work. An embroidered Sari. Sheets and bedspreads. These are all basically pieces of fabric that are just waiting to start a new project with you!So, in conclusion, I dyed the first wedding gown a "plum" color to compliment the base color scheme of my Bustle Gown. I had enough fabric to create an apron/bustle combination using four yards with enough left over to use pieces for contrast on the bodice, and finally to make some small silk roses for the vintage hat I will will wear with the ensemble. I also kept the stays in the bodice and will probably re-purpose those for a corselette belt. Next, I used the ribbon-trimmed tulle underskirt to make a new 1950's petticoat. Lastly, I sold the vintage trim on the wedding gown on EBay for $10 plus s/h, so the finally cost of the silk gown ended up being approx $11. (Five yards of a silk faille could run approx $250) It's all about recycle and re-purpose! So, next time you are out shopping for fabric, don't just stop at the bolt!
|Vintage bridal trim sold for $10 on EBay|