Post # 1
Hey! So I have been given the opportunity to wear my great granmother’s wedding dress which is a mock of Scarlett’s fom “Gone With the Wind”
This is the dress from the movie.
This is my grandmother’s.
The dress is gorgeous. It definitely needs a cleaning and I want to do some alteration to make it a little more modern. I don’t want to lose the vintage feel. I know for sure that I want to take the sleeves off, though they were gorgeous it’s something I dont think I could do. I also do not want to keep the long train (But great to have for spare fabbric to match =]) I think my favoritte part is all the real satin buttons down the entire back.
I would love some thoughts and opinions about how I could make my grandmothers dress suit my tastes and still keep a vintage look.
Thanks guys! =]
Post # 3
@kannm6: I agree about the sleeves, take the sleeves off but don’t turn that gorgeous dress into a strapless dress.
Post # 4
Maybe giving it little capped sleeves instead and lowering the neckline? It is such a gorgeous and sentimental dress. Lucky you!
Post # 5
@Jezika: Great idea! something like this?
I also really like lace tops, something like this.
Just not sure how that would go together….
Post # 6
@Jezika: Ohhhhh I love the idea of capped sleeves on that dress! Would make it look so romantic.
Post # 7
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
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
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
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 # 11
@KCKnd2: This is really helpful info. I certainly do not know that much myself.Thanks!
Love the opinions and trust me @Mrs Christopher: my idea is not to butcher it! (I was so mad the sister ruined the dress the other wanted as it was)
However I can not see myself wearing that much dress… I must mention I’m planning an april weding in FL! I think I might die. lol. Do you have a picture? I can’t really imagine how cutting it off below the poof would look.
I would like to keep some of the train but the picture doesn’t do true justice in showing the actual length… it’s really long.
I like the idea of the capped sleeves a lot.
@TwoCityBride: Thanks! I think hers is much better too ;]
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Post # 13
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
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.