Wedding Dress into Hair Flower

A family member asked if  I would like to use some sew some pieces of an old family wedding dress into the hem of my dress for a “something old.” I don’t really subscribe to all of the things “blue” and “old” that you are supposed to have for a wedding, but I thought there might be a way to honor her request and make something beautiful from a family heirloom. 
4 - May Phoebe Hinckley-Eyssell 10-21-1914

This dress is from a family wedding in 1914. All of those family members had passed away before I was born so I don’t have any sentimental connections to it, but it’s interesting to see this family photo from a wedding that happened over 100 years ago!

There wasn’t much left of the dress; just a bit of the lace and silk charmeuse bodice and a satin train with pearl beads in the shape of bows. The lace was just so delicate that it would tear very easily. 2

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I detached the pearl beads because I thought I would sew them into the center of the flower, but I decided they were too small. You may see them in a bracelet later on. :)5

I used a fabric marker and a little bucket with two sizes of circle to make the petals of the flower. I used the large opening for a larger flower and the small bottom for a smaller flower.

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I cut out the circles and then folded them in half, and half again to make the petals.

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I did 8 large petals for the large flower and 6 small petals for the smaller flower.

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I hand sewed a loose stitch around the raw edges of the petals one after the other.

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When I had all 8 petals threaded I pulled the thread until the gathered and then sewed the circle closed.

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Viola! Big flower is done! The middle is all raw edges and there is a hole so when I put the middle piece in it can go through.

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Next I used the smaller side of my bucket to cut out 6 smaller circles and followed the same steps to make the smaller flower.

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I wanted to cover the middle section of raw edges so I cut one more circle, hand sewed a loose stitch all the way around the edges and pulled it tight until it made a little poof.

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Then I stuffed that puff into the center of the small flower. This is where I thought I was going to hand sew all of the pearl beads, but I decided against it.

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Instead of the pearl beads in the center I bought a costume jewelry brooch and pinned it to that center poof. Then I sewed and glued the smaller flower/brooch combo to the larger flower.

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Finally I purchased some alligator clips to hold it in my hair. I opened the alligator clip and hot glued one side only to the back of the larger flower. I cut out a circle of felt and put hot glue on one side. Then I opened the alligator clip and put the felt, glue side down, on top of the glued side of the alligator clip, and big flower.

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And, here it is in all it’s glory! The silk charmeuse is an ivory color and my dress is white. I am hoping I can get away with them together, because I really like this hair flower!

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I also had all of those leftover pearl beads so I found these circle bracelet directions from HelloGlow.co and made a bracelet!
Flower and bracelet

I used large seed beads between each circle. If I can’t make the hair flower work I will definitely be wearing the bracelet. Sorry, I didn’t take any photos of the bracelet in process, but if you make one you will see it goes so quickly!

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