How to Alter Your Mother's Wedding Gown


Some brides would like that nostalgic approach by wearing their mother's wedding gown on their own wedding day. Some mothers who were brides once, keep their gowns intact and preserve them for their daughter's wedding day giving it as a gift. However, due to style and fashion changes, wearing the gown as is may not be suitable for today's fashion. Altering the wedding gown to suit today's fashion will help with keeping the tradition set by some mothers and daughters without sacrificing the looks.

Things You'll Need

  • Mother's wedding gown
  • Tape measure
  • Dressmaker's scissors
  • Dressmaker's chalk
  • Pattern
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and needle to add beads
  • Beads and other embellishments (sash or ribbons will do)
  • Extra fabric

Try your mother's wedding gown if it fits you. If it does then it is is easier to alter, but if it doesn't, you would need extra work to make it fit you. The important parts for measurement is the arm, shoulder, waist and hips. make adjustments by loosening and re-sewing to size. Some wedding gowns would have extra allowances if you need to make the size bigger. If you need to make it smaller, you can sew down to your size .

Lay down the dress on a flat surface, preferably a long clean table. Keep the front of the dress on top.

Examine the ofver-all look of the dress and try to eliminate anything that you do not like. It can be an extra ruffle or

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt if you do not know how to sew. Get a professional dressmaker to do the alterations if you cannot do this project on your own.

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