Post # 1
I need your help into determining if it’s worth it or not to salvage my mom’s wedding dress for my own wedding.
Today my sister, my Mom and I went wedding dress shopping and I found a super nice dress which is a bit over my budget. However, I realized my Mom’s own wedding dress had a similar lace pattern and neckline and I am seriously considering asking a seamstress to help me re-design it, more precisely my aunt who could do it for free for me. It is still in good condition in terms of color and material, however it is ruffled but I know it can be ironed easily. Also, it’s very meaningful for me because it was handmade from scratch by my grandma and I know it would mean the world to her to use her dress and to my Mom also.
I was thinking to : 1) take out the poofy sleeves 2) take out the front “flappy” part 3) adjust it to my size 4) buy some tulle skirt to put under to make it a bit more A-line / ball gown-like.
So ok, bear in mind that it was made in the 80’s, but I think that the front lace / “bateau” neckline is still “current” now and in trend, and the handmade sewn-in lace and beads are still nice looking. However, I want your advice!!!!
Here are the pictures:
So, what do you think? Is it salvageable or should I forget about it? Also, any other suggestions to modify it? Thank you so much!!! : )
Post # 2
I would definitely remove the sleeves and the peplum at the waist. I would make the waist a straight line not the V shape.
I would also change the neckline to a sweetheart neckline. You might need to add some spaghetti straps for support as it was not designed to be strapless.
Is the dress long enough to add a tulle underskirt to make it fuller? It’s hard to tell as you are lifting it up in the pic.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2016 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water
Oh you could definitely do something with your Mom’s dress. I am no seamstress but I bet if you found a great one and took some pics of dresses you like to her/him they could do a wonderful job.
You should definitely try to get on the show Something Borrowed, Something Blue. You seem to be the perfect candidate.
Post # 4
thesummerangel: I think it would be beautiful! By “flappy part” do you mean the peplum at the waist? I wasn’t sure if you were talking about that, or maybe the lace neckline. I would fully support removing the peplum, and probably also support removing the lace neckline if that’s not your style. But if that’s the “bateau” that you like, then after alterations and removing the poof sleeves, it should probably look fine. What a touching and meaningful idea, and with the changes you mention, I think it will look perfectly appropriate for a 2016 wedding!
Post # 5
julies1949: You have so many good ideas!! yes I was also thinking about the middle part and making it straight, or adding some kind of sash thick enough to cover it and make it straight; yes true I didn’t think about if the dress was long enough to put tulle under :s my Mom is one inch and a half shorter than me… but I know I won’t wear high heels so maybe that could help! I think my grandma made it a bit shorter on the front so that it was possible to walk easily with it, but maybe I could… even raise the satin dress even more, and get some tulle out and make it a bit “mermaid”-like… ok that would be a bit funky but who knows!! wow you give me a lot of ideas too!!!!
together420: thank you for the encouragement!! Omg that would be so kool to be on that show! Do they accept Canadian candidates aha!!
Daisy_Mae: yes I mean the waist line sorry!! Forgot to write it down and didn’t know the name of it… I really like the lace neckline, I’ve seen a lot of dresses like that these days too! (ok you can tell I really suck at naming dress parts, but yes the “bateau” xD)
Thanks ladies for your input!! It’s so helpful!! 😀 I’m really glad you think there might be some potential in the dress!!
Post # 6
I think something could totally be done with this dress, personally, I would do the following :
– I would chop off the sleeves, and everything above the white line in the picture below [so basically, it would be a sweetheart strapless]
– take off the waist side flare things
– add boning & and additional pearl beadwork to the bodice
– chop off the bottom and replace with a tulle skirt to match the color of the dress [can’t tell if it’s white or ivory]
I think this dress would look great as a ballgown.
None of this would be cheaper than buying a new dress, but if it’s sentimental, that’s all that counts!
Post # 7
How great that the dress is in such good shape! I think it would look beautiful altered. I actually like the neckline with the lace. I think what really dates it are the sleeves and the peplum, which would be easy to change.
Post # 8
thesummerangel: If the skirt is too short, you could make a tulle overskirt that just ties around the waist.
Post # 9
I might remove the bodice entirely and have a dress maker construct a new skirt. Then also remove the sleeves/peplum. I actually like the scallop illusion neckline its very pretty.
Post # 10
jenilynevette: Thanks for the input!! I guess it’s all a question of liking the lace on the dress or not hmm. I do like a sweetheart neckline and it looks marvelous on me for some obscure reason (even though I literally have no boobs)… but the bateau is equally nice I think! yes I agree with the boning, the dress is a bit soft; yesss ball gown would be awesome!! For the cost, I think it would be mostly with the tulle and the boning + adding pearls/details, but I wouldn’t pay any time for a seamstress to do it cause I got my aunt… Hopefully it ends up being cheaper than buying a new one! I’m keeping all your suggestions in my mind thank you so much!! : )
FossilLady: I’m happy you like it!! Hopefully you are right and that it ain’t too hard to modify!!
julies1949: Ahhh yes, actually the dress I tried on today was exactly this, a kind of bateau lace neckline upper part and a tulle ballgown lower part… great idea thanks again!!! 😀
Post # 11
llussier: wowww this is a beautiful dress!! Thank you for your idea!!!! : ) (and for teaching me the name of the neckline xD I really suck at naming clothes parts ahah..)
Post # 12
Please upload a pic when the dress is done! I think this is a lovely idea!
Post # 13
I would try and restructure the top into a sweetheart top, but i would keep the lace for sure. Perhaps the sleeves and peplum could be used to create an illusion neckline with the lace? I personally dont hate the skirt, once ironed out I would add some tulle or something to add volume under it, or maybe even split the skirt and add more lace/tulle underneath like a peekaboo design?
Similar to this top
and this bottom
Post # 14
If you remove the bodice, the skirt, the peplum and the sleeves…what’s left?
Post # 15
I know everyone is focusing on the peplum and sleeves, but the feature that dates the dress the most is actually the v-waistline. I can’t tell if the skirt is long enough, but if you’d prefer a tea length dress this could be perfect. Without having a closer look at how the sleeves are constructed, it looks quite fixable. There are also other things you could do to lengthen the dress to compensate for the waistline change. Whatever you do, it’s a beautiful dress and the lace appliques are stunning 🙂