Upcycling: Transform a Bridesmaid's Dress
All levels | 21 min 34 sec
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Learn how to turn a so-so bridesmaid’s dress into a fabulous frock you’ll want to wear year round. Upcycling expert, Marisa, is chock full of transformational ideas – including lots of no-sew techniques – from changing the length of a dress to trimming away excess lace and adding rhinestones. Whether you’re working with chiffon or a sequined mother-of-the-bride gown, you’re sure to leave this class buzzing with fresh ideas and fashionable possibilities.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Suggested Tools and Materials:
  • Heavy-duty craft glue
  • Rhinestones
  • Ribbon
  • Painter’s tape
  • Marking chalk
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Hand-sewing needles
  • Sewing machine
  • Spray-on fabric paint
  • Rubber gloves
Learn how to: 
  • Shorten a hem
  • Remove bows, zippers, and other flair
  • Add rhinestones
What you’ll get:
  • Easy-to-follow class by expert instructor Marisa Lynch, on how to transform your old bridesmaid dress into a fabulous frock
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Step-by-step instruction and a detailed supply list
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Marie-Therese Lynch
Some good ideas but the sewing techniques shown were not very good. For example, more than one tiny mark is needed before cutting off the bottom of a dress to make it shorter. Hem should be measured to make sure it is straight and even. Sewing over pins can cause a machine needle to bend or break.
More than 3 months ago
Joan Cavanna
It would be nice if the upcycled pieces where modeled or put on a dress form to really see what the looked like.
More than 3 months ago
Stella Michaels
Great tips for transforming otherwise useless dresses into wearable art.
More than 3 months ago