Unflattering dress! Help!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

It looks kind of like a nightgown right now. The strap width is not the most flattering, IMO. Maybe add cap sleeves and make it a full-on vintage looking dress? Other than changing the whole shape of the dress, there’s not much you can do to that to make it look more modern with the way the lace panels hit. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

what about trying a sash to make it more of a natural waist instead of empire? 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

At the moment it looks like mostly the bust doesn’t sit as well as it could. When she scoops the neckline have a think about taking some out of the straps it lifts a little.The only other thing I would say is the little under the bust frill. The eye goes straight toward it when it shouldn’t/doesn’t need to. It’s an unnecessary extra. Otherwise you have a gorgeous dress and with a few tweaks will be perfect!!! 

Try the crinoline skirt but I wouldn’t personally. How long is the back? And train? 

You have a lovely figure and can pull of anything, don’t stress!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with PP, the straps are not flattering and the top is nightgownish.  What about altering the straps (removing, spaghetti, halter?) and removing the existing lace on the bodice and making it a full lace or add beading details?

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I meant to say any train? As a train would elongate the dress and give it that floaty, pretty look that empire dresses have.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I love it! I think it’ll be great. I can see what you mean about the empire– I think if she could somehow bring the dress in tighter right below the empire waist and have it more fitted through the torso, it would help with the shape without any major changed to the dress structure!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Btw, if you separate the picture – top and bottom – the skirt is flattering and the top is what is giving it issues

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

cookla:  you could just get an inexpensive strip of wide fabric to start with and keep folding it until you like the width of it, to experiment with what looks best to you.

I agree with pp that the bit of lace edge sticking out at the bottom of the empire waist part sort of catches the eye and disrupts the ‘hourglass’ line on the side. Maybe your seamstress could tack it down, at least on the sides, or, if you like the sash idea, that would cover it up. 

It’s so neat that you are going to wear your mom’s wedding dress!

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I think wearing your mother’s gown is a beautiful tribute to her! This dress has incredible potential- I absolutely think smaller straps, more definition around the waist, either by taking it in or adding a sash that matches the lace will be stunning. I’m kind of wondering what a more square neckline would look like…I think just a hint of cleavage would make it perfect. 

Please post pics after your final fitting! I love seeing legacy dresses made new again!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I vote … One strap scooped across the neck … Remove the frill on the waist add instead slightly higher a golden sparkly belt or ivory silk sash … And add a light weight slip what has a fluffier at the bottom to shape the bottom out a lil bit 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m not sure a sash at ur natural waist would work- I think the empire waist seaming would look funny with it. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

cookla:  Either Spaghetti straps or strapless would be better.  

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