The first task for all donated wedding dresses is to wash it, sometimes they may need more than one wash. This pretty little dress was a size 8 so very tiny.
Once washed the zipper is removed so that the back seam can be opened and decisions can then be made on how to use the layers, if indeed there is more than one layer.
Next any embellishments that can be re-used are removed
In the case of embroidered voile it can be used to create an overlay for the gown
The next three pictures show the satin gown the lining and the net from this tiny gown
The net is unsuitable for the baby gowns but can be used for craft projects which are then sold to raise money towards postage costs.
Having deconstructed the wedding dress we can now make the all important decisions on sizes of gowns the fabrics allow us to cut, bearing in mind this is a small dress hence small panels.
This dress is really a nice weight so the lining will not be needed, its always good to have a little spare lining for the more delicate satins and silks.
This picture shows making use of the seam for a small gown, positioning of fabric makes all the difference as to the amount of gowns made from a single wedding or bridesmaid dress.
Here folding the fabric to place the pattern without taking apart at the seam, again giving more scope for more pattern pieces.
Having cut the gowns the embellishments can then be assigned to the gowns ready for assembly.
Here is a gown which will have a voile overlay, as you can see very often the voile is also in panels.
There are three basic pieces to the pattern use for the gowns from this wedding dress
Here are the gowns cut and ready to assemble and embellish using either the embellishments from the wedding dress or embellishments from stock.
….. and here are the finished Angel Gowns ….