How to Alter a Wedding Dress Train

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How to Alter a Wedding Dress Train
A wedding dress with a wide-sweeping train (wedding gown dress white hanging shoe image by Paul Retherford from

Planning your wedding involves having the perfect dress, and sometimes store-bought dresses just aren't good enough. Altering a store-bought wedding gown helps you create your own style that will be showcased on your most memorable and special day. Altering the train of a wedding dress only requires a few materials, depending on the look you are wanting to achieve, and you can alter and wear the dress all in the same day.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Sewing machine (pre-threaded and ready to use)
  • Tape measure
  • Lace material (up to 3 yard roll)
  • Scissors
  • Silk ribbon roll

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  1. 1

    Spread the train of your wedding dress evenly over your work surface. Make sure all the seams of the wedding dress match and the hems are perfectly aligned with one another.

  2. 2

    Measure the width of the train with a tape measure.

  3. 3

    Measure out a length of lace fabric, matching the width of your wedding dress train. Cut the fabric from the roll.

  4. 4

    Place the lace material over the train. The edges of the lace should hang approximately two inches from the hem of the train.

  5. 5

    Attach the lace material to the dress train with the sewing machine. Choose a colour of thread that matches the colour of the lace and dress.

  6. 6

    Make a seam in the lace material and wedding dress by stitching from the centre of the hem of the train, and sewing all the way up the back of the dress. Make the seam flush with the back seam of the dress until you reach the lower back part of the gown.

  7. 7

    Sew the excess flaps of lace material to the hips and side seams of the wedding dress. The finished result is a lace-backed wedding gown train.

  8. 8

    Unroll the silk ribbon to match the width of the bottom of the wedding dress train.

  9. 9

    Attach the ribbon to the border of the wedding dress train, approximately two inches from the hem of the lace. Sew the ribbon around the entire train bottom.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on the theme of your wedding and the desired looks you wish to achieve, you can experiment with a wide variety of colours for the lace and silk ribbon.

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