Post # 1
I bought a dress off Ebay that I love. My mom did some MAJOR alterations to make it fit. It’s exactly the shape I want and everything. It has a beautiful embroidery design with crystals on the bodice, which I love. I’m kinda big-busted, so I didn’t want anything overpowering, and it’s just enough. However, I feel that the back of the dress is a little….lacking. It’s just a regular train, you know?
(These pics were before the alterations. There are no box pleats on the front anymore! AND the dress is no longer in the cleaning closet, thank goodness!)
I was going to do my own beadwork on the back, doing the same design as on the bodice. I started drawing the design on paper to have a “blueprint”, but I couldn’t even draw it without screwing it up. THANKFULLY, I didn’t try actually beading the dress yet.
I want it to look cohesive, not: There’s beading on the front, and then there’s something on the train. NOT TO MENTION I have a sheer ruched bolero, and I’ll have a purple ribbon sash that makes a V in the front. (I may or may not have the ribbon training off in the back too. Depends on what I end up doing with the train. I’ll probably just have it V-ing in the back too.
I want it to fit with my whimsical theme. Should I just get over it, and leave it as it is, or try to add something to the train? (If so, WHAT to add?)
Oh, I should mention, I’ll probably have a wrist loop, too. A sturdy one!
Post # 4
I really wouldnt suggest doing your own beading on the back of the dress if you havnt had experience with this before. If you want more drama on the back how about adding a sash that has beading on the back like this one
You could also wear a cathedral veil with beading on the back
Post # 5
Could your mom maybe do a scalloped edge or some extra beading?
Post # 6
@bells: That’s true. If I have the sash streaming, that would give just enough oomph. And I could add some crystals to the sash myself! YAY! Thanks!
Post # 7
@tntrav44: Maybe. We thought about adding some lace to the edge of it, but we couldn’t find anything ANYWHERE that looked right, or would sew on right. Hhm. Scalloped edge. I’ll have to think on it.
Post # 8
I love the train! It looks so lush! I would agree with the girls above but not that colour, maybe ivory or a slightly darker shade. If you want that wow in the ceremony wear a very long train I am!
Look for lace trim!!! on the net!
Another idea: I don’t know how to explain the image that I am also thinking about. I have seen it once on the back of a dress. It’s like sash is folded into layers all the way down the center of the dress.
I have seen one streamer stiched in the center running vertical down the back of the dress and that was quite effective. Looked but can’t find it now.
Your dress reminds me of Romona Keveza. Very simple and rich.
Post # 9
Romona Keveza? Wow! Thanks! Got it for 55 bucks off Ebay! Thanks for the input! You’ve given me several ideas!
Post # 10
you could sew on buttons that match the buttons on the top of the dress all the way down the train to add some interesting detail without too much complicated sewing