Would you wear this dress? When/where?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Can I wear it like this?
    It's still too much like a wedding dress, and I would think so immediately if I saw someone in it. : (19 votes)
    61 %
    I think it looks great for special occasions/fancy dates! I wouldn't assume it's a wedding gown : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Maybe... : (5 votes)
    16 %
    You need to do something else with it! (What?) : (5 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I would still think wedding gown but, Would you consider dying it ( i personally think black would be gorgeous and functional) and maybe possibly but, I am not sure  removing a litttttttle poof. 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  LadyPeacockk.
    Post # 5
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    42546 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    gingerkitten:  Like Jen, I would do back. You will then have a dress that you can wear as long as you can fit in it.

    Post # 6
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    41 posts
    Newbee

    Add some material you cut off around the neckLine like a portrait style with more lose gaver around the arms and a clear v in the bust area like the sweetheart 

    you could also add a 50s style petticoat of a different colour to add lift and a make it show around the base

    Post # 7
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    9533 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    julies1949:  I was coming on to post a link but you beat me to it!

    gingerkitten:  Yeah, shortening and taking out layers will help make it less “weddingy” but having it dyed really makes the biggest difference. I wanted to do royal blue and think you dress would be lovely in that color! I had to do black to cover some stains around my hem. But if you don’t have stains or are going to shorten it, then that wouldn’t be an issue. I definitely agree that dress is too pretty not to wear again! 

    Post # 9
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    398 posts
    Helper bee

    gingerkitten:  

    I know people who worked with two dyeing companies in New York City’s garment district. I don’t know of any other places in the US. Do you know the exact fibre composition of your dress? Polyester is notoriously difficult to dye, and fibre mixes of man-made and natural fibres can also present a challenge because they take the dye differently and the end result may be uneven. Having said that, I have seen photos of dresses that turned out very well. I had a silk dress dyed from off-white to aubergine in the UK, and it turned out lovely.

    http://www.intimatedyeing.com/wedding-dress-dyeing-service.html

    They have a special polyester colour chart: http://www.intimatedyeing.com/polyester-colors.html

    http://www.metrodyeing.com/individual-fabric-dyeing/

    Regarding the dress’s wearibility, I think it depends on a few factors, e.g., where do you live, do you attend opera/classical concerts/ballet/classical theatre performances, do you go dancing (swing or ballroom), have cocktails and dinner at nice restaurants, attend cocktail parties, etc. I have some 1950s vintage dresses made out of silk taffeta that I wear rather frequently, but my social life is quite formal. Also, are you self-confident enough to not care what others think? I’d wear it, as I love full-skirted dresses.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    gingerkitten:  Yes, I definitely recommend Metro Dyeing in NYC (http://www.metrodyeing.com/ ). They were great to work with and did a great job. They would probably charge you a flat rate for your dress, like they did mine, which was $125. My dress is not synthetic – it is silk taffeta. If your dress is synthetic, I would just email them and ask if they think it will dye well. I think they can match, pretty much, whatever color you want. When I wanted royal blue I just included some yarn in the color I liked, and they were giong to match that. But then, with the stains, I ended up with black.

    Also, consider that if your dress has different fabrics or visible threading, you may wind up with different shades. Like the thread in my dress didn’t pick up the dye as much, so it’s silvery/grey while the fabric is black. I actually love the way that looks, but something to keep in mind. For instance, I thought about dyeing my dress red, but decided against it because I don’t like pink. The nice thing about royal blue is that it would look good if you wound up with some color variation in thread or different fabrics. 

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    gingerkitten:  have you started on dyeing your dress yet?  I’m trying to get going on mine.  It is tricky because synthetic fabrics won’t dye dark colors at all (as a PP showed in the color chart they linked above – http://www.intimatedyeing.com/polyester-colors.html).  I’m thinking of getting the train of my dress swatched to see how well the different fabrics and threads will take the color.

    Post # 15
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    121 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    It still is very formal, but maybe if you dye it another color?

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