reconstruct a vintage dress

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Possible?  Yes.  Worth all the work?  Probably not, unless you have a sentimental connection to this dress.

This dress has a dirndl skirt, which would need to be detached from the bodice, gathers removed, and reattached, plus shaping for the mermaid.  You’ll easily pay another $150 to a seamstress to do all of that and still may not be pleased with the end result.  You’d be better off starting off with something closer in silhouette.

Also, I wouldn’t say that a dress that’s only 14 years old is vintage.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly, I wouldn’t have that alteration done either.  I think the design is really well balanced and I can’t see it working well as a mermaid.

I can’t really tell from the photos, but it’s possible the bodice of the dress is made from a different fabric than the skirt.  You could theoretically remove the skirt and have a mermaid style skirt made and sewn in, but I really think it should be left as-is.

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