(Closed) great grandmother's heirloom dress to be altered? how?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kannm6:  I agree about the sleeves, take the sleeves off but don’t turn that gorgeous dress into a strapless dress.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Maybe giving it little capped sleeves instead and lowering the neckline? It is such a gorgeous and sentimental dress. Lucky you!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Jezika:  Ohhhhh I love the idea of capped sleeves on that dress!  Would make it look so romantic.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I’m assuming that you probably don’t want to add lace or beading onto the original dress? But still want to embellish it – you could lower the original neckline, and add an embellished belt, or maybe something like this?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

The neckline it already has is called a Queen Anne, and I think it’s really cool and unique. I would maybe lower it a little bit, but please don’t change its general shape! The defining feature of the Queen Anne is the way it’s narrower high up on the neck and shoulders and flares out down towards the bosom.

(The neckline created by the lace bolero on the strapless dress with the brown sash in the picture you posted is a Queen Anne neckline, even though it’s technically two pieces)

If you are open to the idea of sleeves but just not the huge poofy ones (they are called “leg o’mutton sleeves,” btw), I think using the fabric from the train/existing sleeves to make a smaller, more fitted elbow length sleeve would be beautiful and retain the vintage flavor of the dress while looking sleeker and more modern.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think keep in mind the charecter of the dress. Add sleeves that are more modern but don’t go strapless. I really like the train and think it’s beautiful and would advise againist chopping it off.

ps: I love your grandmothers dress and actually think its much nicer then the scarlett dress

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If it were me I would probably leave the dress intact since it has survived so many years that way, its beautiful and no one else is going to have a dress like it.  You would look like a princess (this dress reminds me of the dress from Sleeping Beauty)  I have my mom’s dress and I am keeping it intact (because her dress is beautiful as is/cutting it would destroy it and it reminds me of the Princess Grace of Monaco/Kate Middleton dress), the only thing that I might change is the sleeves (lace) but thats only if they don’t fit me like they should and the alteration place says they cant be altered.  If thats the case we will still save them just cut them a length that still looks good (like Ivanka’s sleeve length).

As far as your dress goes, I really like that neckline and cutting off the sleeves kinda ruins the vintage thing, but if you are going to I would cut just below the poof to keep the vintage thing going.  You could do cap sleeves and you could change the neckline but I think if you changed the neckline to a more modern look or make it cap sleeves you should just get a modern dress instead of butchering that beautiful old one (like the girls sister did in 27 Dresses, she took an okay dress chopped it to pieces to make it modern).  I would absolutely do nothing to the train.  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I definitely think cap sleeves are a great idea, and if I got any vote at all, you would keep the train too! It’s b-e-a-u-tiful! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I just wanted to say that your gradparents look SO happy in this photo, and the dress is gorgeous! I agree with keeping the train and neckline, but addling cap sleeves. If you are afraid of being too warm, maybe get a lighter reception dress to change into so you can wear your grandmother’s amazing dress without altering it too much.

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