what to make with old wedding dresses

Jennifer's NDAD Creation

Jennifer submitted today's awesome project after seeing my remake of this lace dress... New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s

...that I featured last May. (Click HERE for the full post!) I love hearing from you guys via email and in the comments section when you have similar dresses to the ones that I remake! So, seeing Jennifer's project made me super happy. Check it out...

This recreation was done five years ago but when I saw your do-over of the peach lace dress a little while back, I just had to respond. This is my wedding dress from my first marriage in 1986. Covered in the same lace as your dress. Imagine my shock! 

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s

Fast forward to 2008. My daughter Caitlin was graduating high school and was looking for a different kind of vintage prom dress. We looked for months and even consulted a dress designer, but we were stuck until one day when we saw my old dress hanging in the closet.

Just for kicks she tried it on. Caitlin is shorter than me so the dress was too long, but other than that it fit to a T! But oh...that lace and those shoulder pads?!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s

Keep reading to see how J's wedding dress gets transformed!

We got out the seam ripper, and very carefully removed the lace from the top, including the sleeves. We shortened the straps, rented three crinolines for more poof in the skirt and VOILA...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s

...a beautiful, re-purposed prom dress that was totally my sassy girl's style!

One word - obsessed!! I just love this project so much. You were able to take something treasured from your life and turn it into something to be treasured again in your daughter's life. What an awesome way to repurpose your dress!! And, I love that this was a team effort! I want to hang with you girls next time. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

PS, here's a gorgeous shot that Jennifer included of her before her wedding, getting ready! Love this candid so much!! I think I wore that same floral headpiece for my communion!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Wedding Dress - 80s