Throwback Sunday: Mother of the Bride Dress Redesign

Another good tutorial worth unearthing from the archives:

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.

About The Renegade Seamstress

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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27 Responses to Throwback Sunday: Mother of the Bride Dress Redesign

  1. Barb says:

    Fun to see this again. This dress looks so good on you.

  2. Amy says:

    Nice work! And I must say- shoes are a perfect match!

  3. Barbara Haase says:

    Where did you find those shoes? They are just what I’ve been searching for!!! Are they pikolino’s?

  4. kddomingue says:

    I had that EXACT pair of shoes about ten years ago! I had to give them up because the bad leg refused to do heels anymore. Oh, I lived that pair of shoes!

    • kddomingue says:

      I hate autocorrect. Loved, not lived.

    • How neat that we had the same pair of shoes! They are so fun and unusual. I love them, too. 🙂

      • kddomingue says:

        If memory serves me, I believe that I bought them at Payless…..but don’t quote me on that, lol! The shoes grabbed my attention because they seemed such a throwback to 1940s style. Oh, they looked so good with sooooo many outfits! When I finally had to admit that I simply could not wear heels anymore, I brought all of my high heels to the beauty school/salon where I worked. All the girls/women who wore a size 7 were in high cotton, lol! (I had a bit of a shoe obsession) By the end of the day, not one pair remained in the breakroom. It was kind of weird for a while seeing my shoes on other people’s feet every day!

  5. Alyssa says:

    I need those shoes, and I’m not even a shoe person. But you didn’t do anything to the sleeves or around the shoulders? The dress look so amazing!

  6. Scarborough says:

    Love the dress refashion but the shoes are spectacular! Love them

  7. Susan Luke says:

    I’m enjoying your Throwback Sunday posts…always good to revisit great ideas! Isn’t it amazing how much even a simple refashion can change the whole look? You look fantastic!

  8. Nice! Good to see you haven’t lost your touch.

  9. klaugen says:

    A very good outfit for a rustic wedding!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don’t mean to be negative, but why didn’t you just cut and hem the bottom of the dress instead of cutting out a piece at the middle?

    • Actually, that’s a great question because there was definitely a method to my madness. Two reasons: If you cut out the middle you can change the look of the dress with a gathered waistline which can be more flattering for some. Also, then you don’t have to hem it because its already hemmed. SCORE! 🙂

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