What to Do With Your Old Wedding Dress

Renew, re-design or up-cycle?

As we have all become aware of the affect of some of our buying habits on the environment, our “buy less” mindset has given momentum to the popular trend in up-cycling. And I hope I can inspire you to have your wedding dress re-designed, dyed, or completely re-worked into one or more wearable heirloom pieces.

This means you can hold on to the romance and memories intrinsic to the gown you wore on your wedding day, and get it out of the attic.

I would LOVE to brainstorm your ideas with you for how we might transform your dress. We can look at turning it into separates, dyeing it, appliqué, silk painting, dissecting it to use the fabric for completely new pieces. Do get in touch so we can start chatting about your ideas

Environmentally friendly inspiration

Think about what garments you wear most. It may be that you have a favourite pair of faded and worn trousers, which we could take apart to extract a paper pattern, and use this to re-create them using your dress fabric, dyed to a new colour? Or perhaps you have a red carpet event or special wedding to go to, for which you’d like a really special outfit created for you.

Let’s get creative and turn your languishing old dress into a stunning, meaningful piece you can enjoy. In turn, you’ll be doing something environmentally-friendly, cleaning out your wardrobe, and maybe inspiring others who may follow in your sustainable footsteps.

BRIDES magazine “… designers are waking up to a whole new world of ethical brides, sustainable, re-cycled and eco-friendly bridal design in the 2020s feels less about specific trends, and more about making a difference…”

GRAZIA magazine “…what makes it special is the memories that are sewn in too : of seeing my then boyfriend, through a crowded church for the first time. Now it’s been re-worked, I can’t wait to layer more memories on top…” Real bride Jess Salter, featured in GRAZIA, whose dress was re-modelled by designer Tessa Cox Birch.

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