"Re-designing" mama's dress! (Pic heavy)

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Have you ever watched that show?  I wish you could talk to the seamstress who does the work!  

I actually like the sleeves…I know they’re “dated” and all, but honestly all of our dresses will be dated in like five years.  My…sort of distant cousin…got married in her great-grandmother’s dress this summer and she looked amazing.  We’re talking a dress from the late 1800s…barely updated, just tailored to her figure.  

I think it would be most updated if you removed ALL of the lace…are you that talented / is that even possible?

Post # 5
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Jaejohns:  I agree that sleeveless is the way to go.

I would remove the lace that goes up to the high collar in the back and front  completely so you would end up with a scoop neckline front and back.

Post # 6
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

That dress is phenomenal! The fit is perfect and I love the details. I’m sure your mother was stunning on her big day! Good luck with the redesign. Can’t wait to see the end result 🙂

I would lose the sleeve but the lace on the back is so lovely and unique. Maybe, remove the lace going up the bust but leave it on the chest area. 

Post # 7
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Jaejohns:  I would wear that dress as is it’s beautiful!!


Post # 8
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think just removing the sleeves and maybe adding some sparkle to the lace area would be beautiful!! An. That train is to DIE for!

ETA: with the sleeves removed, imo that collar would look great! And keep the pearls just add aome sparkle

Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree with getting rid of the sleeves and the illusion neck piece!

But the “bones” of the dress are gorgeous!

Post # 12
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

This is EXACTLY what they do on that TLC Show “Something Borrowed – Something New” here is a link that even shows a similar dress (and them cutting it)… mind you it is only part of the show… so you don’t get to see how it turned out… altho I bet if you were to use GOOGLE you might find an image of the final dress somewhere


So I 100% agree with @julies1949:  Reply # 4, you’d want to start by cutting out the whole neckline to make it a Sweetheart… off with the Sleeves etc.

The dress has “good bones” I bet it could truly be turned into something spectacular.  You might want to check out your TLC Channel on Tv and catch some of the episodes of SB-SN

Hope this helps,


Post # 13
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I love this dress — I totally would have gone with my mother’s dress if I wasn’t 5 inches taller than she was when she got married. I actually think the sleeves are fabulous and totally make the dress. Could you do a quarter length/cap sleeve? And maybe just remove the part of the neckline that covers your shoulders/upper neck?

Post # 14
3097 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Get rid of sleeves, and neck thingy but keep as much of the lace in the back as possible and add mesh like the one from the sleeves to the open back. Love the train as well.

Post # 16
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think removing the sleeves is a must, along with the back portion that goes up to a collar.  I think it would look great as a sweetheart with thicker shoulder straps (like a v-neck) or cap sleeves.

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