How Bride Restored Her 120-Year-Old Wedding Dress

Abby Curtis is the 11th bride in her family to wear the same 120-year-old, couture wedding gown on her big day.
2:18 | 10/22/15

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All right, now the ultimate something borrowed, a 120-year-old wedding gown passed down from generations in one family but how did the bride transform it for her wedding? Well, ABC's Rebecca Jarvis has that story. ? Reporter: Talk about a throwback, this lacy Victorian couture wedding gown is headed down the aisle. You're taking something borrowed to a whole new level. Yes. 100% to the next level. Reporter: 30-year-old Abbie Kingston plans on wearing this 120-year-old heirloom on her wedding day. It is my great great-grandmother's dress from 1885 and I'll be the 11th bride to wear it. Reporter: She never dreamed she'ding able to wear it since it hadn't been properly cleaned in more than a century. What did it look like. This deep beige color. Not very bridal and I put it on and I thought, there's just no way. Reporter: But there was a way. My gosh, you look beautiful. Thank you. Reporter: There's a feeling of history here. We did keep the original lace Belgian lace on here. Reporter: It was Debra low Presti who came to the rescue. We opened the seams and put new fabric strips underneath and fused the old fabric to the new fabric to hold together. Reporter: Taking her over 200 hours to restore the dress, a dress especially sentimental to Abbie's mom Leslie who wore the gown at her wedding 38 years ago. Who would have thought a dress 120 years later could still be worn by a bride? So it's a magical dress. Reporter: So how could the everyday woman modernize a vintage wedding gown. The first trick, change the high neckline. It could be made into a low "V" or scooped or it could even be made strapless if that's what she chooses. Reporter: Next get rid of the long lacy sleeves and make a more modern cap sleeve and lastly, it's all about the fit. A lot of it comes down to tailoring. Yes, it should fit just like a brand-new gown. Reporter: Turning this vintage wedding dress into a perfect fit for this blushing bride. For "Good morning America," Rebecca Jarvis, ABC news, Easton, Pennsylvania. Here's to hoping it can last another 120 years. Rebecca, thanks so much.

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