An Accidental Mother of the Bride Dress: One Year Later

I’ve never been a good clothes shopper.

Just ask my sister, Jan, who would painstakingly shop for the perfect outfits while I was off swimming, riding my bike, and hanging out with my friends. But when I needed something to wear, I’d go directly to her closet to find it. Needless to say, it would drive her crazy.

Last year, before my refashioning obsession and since I live 1800 miles away from my sister now, I shopped for months to find the perfect dress for my daughter’s Rustic Chic Wedding. I finally took the easy route and settled on a simple black dress.

Today I accidentally made my dream Mother of the Bride dress, almost one year later. The colors and style would’ve been just right!

I started with this thrift store dress. Not really that bad in the fit department, but I think with a few minor adjustments I can make it a little more exciting.

And here’s the new dress.

Wouldn’t this have been a perfect Mother of the Bride Dress for a Rustic Chic Wedding in a barn. If you check out the wedding post, be sure to turn up your volume and click the triangular music button before you start to scroll down. The music makes it all the more magical.

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I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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104 Responses to An Accidental Mother of the Bride Dress: One Year Later

  1. Cul de Sac says:

    I completely love your shoes!!! (and the dress!)

  2. Susan says:

    I love your blog! It’s like watching a really skilled magician at work. Also amazed at hearing you have a daughter old enough to be married. Keep up the good work and keep posting!

  3. Love the dress, love the shoes! Have a great first week of school, from one teacher to another 🙂

  4. alicecarman says:

    You’re super talented with all these dresses. Love the shoes too!

  5. This turned out beautiful!!! You are right, it would have been perfect for your daughter’s wedding. I went to that link and listened to the music and looked at all the pics and honestly, I felt like an invited guest! It was absolutely beautiful, practical, sensible, and chic! Your daughter looked beautiful. Did you make her dress? Her dad looked pretty proud! I especially love the pics of the couple walking off into the sunset and the silhouette!!!! What a magical day. Got a little teary and don’t even know her. HaHAHA….Mothers…right? It just brought me back to my daughter’s wedding….such a beautiful day and it all happens so fast, you are absolutely right…you just don’t want it to end! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much for heading over to see the wedding. I still tear up when I watch that. It was a perfect day for all of us and now she’s going to have a little baby boy in October. We are so excited! I didn’t make her dress, I can only dream about being able to sew like that. Thanks again, I always enjoy your comments!
      Enjoy your day!

  6. Anonymous says:

    That dress is sooooo awesome, I can’t believe the before and after!

    What brand are those shoes??? I just HAVE to find them, they are CUTE!!

    Found your blog via Pinterest, off to read some more posts!

    • Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere. I hope you’ll continue to visit! It’s nice to know how you found me. I found the shoes at a consignment shop last year, the brand is Fioni. Aren’t they great! Good luck finding some.
      Enjoy your day!

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    Pretty dress and shoes are fabulous. Just watched your wedding post- and left a comment there!

  8. Laurel says:

    It’s very lovely! This is a great length for you. The floral pattern and red shoes are perfect!!

  9. vintagefrenchchic says:

    Nice restyle and I love those shoes!!

  10. Such a great refashion! One thing I’ve been meaning to mention – I assume that is your farm in the background of your pictures. That is an amazing piece of property – it looks like it could be right here 20 miles from where I live. 🙂

    • Hi Kelli! Most all my pictures are taken around my place and that is the view I wake up to each morning. I’m so lucky to live in a beautiful area. Where do you live?

      • Oklahoma. I live in Norman which is a college town but just outside – is very rural. AND, I grew up on a ranch just like yours! I love those old buildings in the background of several of your pictures – I grew up playing in them and loading square hay bales etc… My first swimming pool was a big old water trough!

  11. CherryPix says:

    Hello, it’s Mush-bunny here, dabbing my eyes after vicariously enjoying your lovely daughter’s wedding via your wonderful pictures. Oregon has such wonderful light on summer evenings! I was fortunate to live in that area briefly. I’m sure you looked fabulous on the night, but this dress would’ve been perfect too. Reading your blog has helped me better understand dress sillhouettes and how to create them….ie the flattering band piece between waist and bodice on this dress. Thanks!

    • Thank you for checking out the wedding pictures. I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂 Every time someone sees the pictures and comments it makes me enjoy the day all over again!
      This blog has been a real learning experience for me, too, when it comes to sewing and garment construction. I’ve come to realize that, for my body shape, a dress with something to accent my waist is the only way to go.
      Thanks for all of your encouragement along the way! I really appreciate all of your feedback!

  12. Love the dress and those shoes oh so cute!

  13. Karen Schulz says:

    I always love to see what you do but this time I think the shoes have stolen the show

  14. This looks amazing! I adore that fabric and those shoes! I keep looking in the second hand shops, but cannot find anything even close to what you are finding…x

    • I hope you find something soon! I am pretty lucky to be able to shop at my local thrift shop. I always tell the owner that I hope she never closes! I would be completely lost without her shop.
      Don’t give up, something will turn up soon!

  15. LOVE those shoes & the dress is so simple & great! I will be getting married next year in a similar style wedding to what your daughter had… I now need to keep my eyes open and maybe Mom & I will be able to make somethings sweet (she does not like dressy stuff at all and we don’t want her in anything too formal OR to just look like one of our guests)

  16. Stacey says:

    Oh my! I am trying so hard to learn to sew and you make it look so easy! I think I am going to have to try this one, you look great!

  17. This is so country rustic for your daughter’s wedding… The shoes are to die for!

  18. Thanks for stopping by You are very creative! I would’ve never thought to cut out the middle and yet doing so made it fit perfectly! Of course I’m also envious of YOUR waistline….. 🙂

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  20. Heather says:

    Oh my gosh, I am in love with all of these! You are so talented. I have another questions, though – why did you baste the top of the skirt? I am new to this and had to look it up, but still can’t figure out why. Thanks for your incredible ideas and tutorials! I am in love!

  21. Jen M.S. says:

    Here goes, I don’t usually post! I’m currently a homeschooling mom but was in the New York garment district as a designer for 25+yrs, So happy I stumbled on you on pinterest, I’ve pinned several items. What I love is that you are not a skinny rail and yet you’ve got the proprtions down and you are FULL of style. You’re site is a great resource for a fuller figured woman to guide them to updated rich style, let alone all the redo’s you show! Congrats on a great blog from a professional of the biz!

    • Hi Jen,
      Wow, thanks so much for your nice comments! They mean so much coming from someone with your experience. I’ve always felt good in my skin, but when I’d go shopping for RTW clothes, I’d get so frustrated. My main goal when I first started this was to learn how to alter patterns so they would fit better, but then I discovered refashioning and I haven’t looked back. Thanks again for your encouragement!
      Enjoy your days with your children,

  22. Love this tutorial! I actually just started doing refashions myself and have never thought to cut the middle out of a dress (I always cut the bottom off and hem to make it shorter). Definitely going to try this on my next project!

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  24. Nossa amei tudo…idéias maravilhosas e fáceis, parabéns
    Beijocas desta sua nova fã!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I have those shoes! I went to wear them the other day and realized a strap was hanging on by a thread. I was so sad! They are my all time favorite heels. Love your refashions!

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  27. ila Selene says:

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  28. Karen says:

    Awesome way to recycle old clothing. Each piece is unique an sooo stylish! Thanks so much for sharing!

  29. Great idea, I’m in the middle of remodeling a couple of high end 90’s dresses and you gave me the push I needed, thank you for sharing.

  30. The result is great! Up-cycling your old dress this way is a very clever idea. I should show this to my mother, she’ll be very glad to refashion some of her old dresses. Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. Tee says:

    I searched through many of your pages and I am speachless! You are an extremely talented woman.If I had 3% of your talent I would be in heaven. Your imagination, creativity and talent is truly a blessing.Every creation is absolutely beautiful!

  32. This was very enlightening. So many ideas racing through my head.Can’t wait to alter this style. Makes wanna attend a derby or

  33. Vicky Burkhard says:

    The instructions were hard to read over the top of the material…

  34. Kelli says:

    Adorable!! I also love your shoes!!!

  35. Jodi says:

    That IS cute! When I see this before pictures I really don’t have much hope, its like, “now what does she think she’s going to salvage out of that!”

  36. Wanda says:

    lovely dress…..great skills

  37. Tiffany says:

    Oh my gosh, I love This! What a great way to make a dress more fashionable! I especially love, that step one is cut out the shoulder pads 🙂

  38. Tiffany says:

    Oh yeah, super cute shoes!

  39. Viv says:

    Love what you did! I too needed a mother of the bride dress recently so I can do sympathize with your challenge and the one stipulation of my daughter was “not black” so that was not an option for me😉

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  41. Kathryn says:

    Much better! How clever! You made it au current!

  42. Anonymous says:

    I really like what you’ve done to that dress and I would like to know how, but I cannot read your steps as your font gets lost in the photos.

  43. Susan gose says:

    That is really neat taking out the middle to make another dress I loved your material too.i would like to see what else you can make😊

  44. Anonymous says:

    Very clever and cool.

  45. Rosario zuniga says:

    That is very beautiful good Idea for peolple that we do know how to make one piece of clothing new again good job I like it

  46. Kristin- says:

    I FREAKIN’ love it!! So adorable with the belt and shoes! You can funk it up or winterize it by using tall brown boots and a brown leather belt with a nice natural colored shawl. That would also be country chic! So very, very cute! Great job!

  47. Anna says:

    I’ve never thought of cutting out the middle!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Turned out to be really cute! Great job!

  49. Mary says:

    Even better with a simmering pair of red cowboy boots!

  50. Loretta says:

    I know exactly how u feel. I do the same thing.


  51. Bobbie Byrcham says:

    I love this dress re-do and your right, it would have been perfect.
    And please, where did you get those shoes?

  52. Monterrey Williams says:

    Very cute! You’re an inspiration to others.

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