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Guest Star: Karyn’s (Re)fashionable Wedding Dress

A huge dilemma for many brides is what to do with the wedding dress after the wedding. Before you “preserve” your dress in the deep, dark depths of your closet, check out this guest post by Karyn Alzayer from Path To Green.

Karyn is Rachel’s (Stitely Entertainment staffer) super creative friend from college who showcases her unique  homemade projects as well as an account of her attempts to live a green and eco-friendly lifestyle. (And Rachel says she’s awesome!) Enjoy!

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When Husband and I got married 3 years ago, friends and relatives at the time were mortified to hear I was planning to cut up my wedding dress. “Don’t you want to preserve it?” “Why would you want to cut up something so nice?” or “What if someday one of your daughters or granddaughters wants to wear it?” were some of the most common desperate pleas.

I finally started returning to the askers, “Well, where’s YOUR wedding dress?”

Mostly, nobody could really remember, it hadn’t been gotten out in ages, or it had been ruined in storage, turned yellow, never been worn again. I explained that I was going to remake mine into a nice cocktail dress and then make my husband take me somewhere nice on our anniversary so I could wear it every year.

It took me three years to finally dig in and actually DO it, but I was (finally) motivated by this year’s upcoming anniversary to get it finished. Husband took me out on a 3-hour Boston Harbor dinner cruise, and I got to wear my newly refashioned wedding dress!

It was mostly simple, really. I cut off the dress at my desired length. That was the hardest part, the first actual cut. From there, it was easy! I had to take in the back a bit because the extra fabric for the train/bustle looked really weird when it was short. I replaced the ivory colored trim at the top and waist with hot pink, leaving a big bow in the back instead of cutting it off like the ivory had been. It still needed a little something extra, so I put the remaining pink trim around the bottom, and sprinkled in some hot pink seed beads amongst the beading.

Here are a few before and after shots.

My dress went from this….

  

  

To this!

I made a matching bracelet/necklace set from all the extra pink beads I had.
Another closeup of the beadwork
I really like this picture, even though it came out a little blurred
Another shot of the back

And I had so many extra beads, I decided to make myself a matching necklace!

There’s a bracelet in one of the photos, but it got dismembered when I realized those large pink beads would be better used as earrings. They’re nothing special, so I didn’t take photos. Just a big pink bead and a small one mounted on a pin and hooked on an earring finding.

So to my married female readers out there: Where’s YOUR wedding dress? What are your plans for it?

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For more from Karyn on how to live a greener lifestyle, follow her Path To Green blog.

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