Front Of Dress
Front Of Dress
Photo: Cyndi Coon

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled

Back Of Dress
Back Of Dress
Photo: Cyndi Coon

The Royal Wedding is upon us, and it's OK to admit it -- you're excited. That's totally normal (at least we think so), because everyone loves a fairy tale, or at least the excuse to get all fancy, knit some dolls, make a huge cake and pretend like we know these people.

Using William and Kate's upcoming ceremony as inspiration, this Thrifty Maker transforms a late-1980s/early-1990s-style wedding dress into a contemporary wedding-ish dress with a touch of the hottest wedding trend: black, of course.

(NOTE: This Thrifty Maker put a call out on Facebook for a wedding dress and the offers came rushing in. Thank you Lisa for the donation.)

Learn how this wedding dress was transformed after the jump.

MATERIALS:
-- Used wedding dress
-- Scissors
-- Straight Pins
-- Chalk
-- Sewing Machine
-- Needle and Thread (white)
-- Black lace (2 yards)

METHOD:
1. Look long and hard at the used dress to see what it can become.

What should this dress become?
What should this dress become?
Photo: Cyndi Coon

2. Cut off the excess collar.

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

3. Use a seam ripper to remove all trim and beading (ick).

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

4. Mark off where you'd like the new hemline to be with chalk, measure down a few inches, and cut off the bottom of the outer fabric.

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

5. Fold the new hem under and sew.
6. Lift the interior tulle, pull it up over the hem.

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

7. Attach tulle to hem every so many inches by hand with a needle and thread.

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

8. Using the bottom of the dress that was cut off, tear six to eight strips 2-by-24 inches.

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

9. Attach them at the top and bottom of the bodice by hand with a needle and thread. You can also attach them every so often in the middle but allow for a bit of flow

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

10. Use one of the spare strips to form a rose sew it together by hand with a needle and thread.

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

11. Attach the rose to your 2 yards of black lace, at the center point. Sew the lace to the dress at the bottom of the bodice by hand with a needle and thread

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

Wear and enjoy either for a wedding or a party. We all know black and white will always be in fashion.

Royal Wedding Fever: A Wedding Dress, Restyled
Photo: Cyndi Coon

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