(Closed) Can my mom's wedding dress be salvaged?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
242 posts
Helper bee

I work in a costume workroom and everything mentioned is doable. Changing the waistline isn’t that hard but it will change the hem of the skirt. You just seam rip the bodice and skirt and stitch it on straight across instead of the v in the bodice front. The skirt won’t hang the same though. If you decide to do this, you will need to add something to the hem to even it out. I recommend pinning the bodice and skirt together to see how it hangs on you that way. Then you can play with any tulle or fabrics you get to see how you want it to look.

I think the bateau neckline is nice and the fitted sleeves are very cool. I wanted sleeves but ended up with a halter so no sleeves. I could do a jacket but the wedding is in May in FL so it’ll be hot. Anyway, back to you…

Definitley decide what is most important to you and do that first. Then go from there. I think its a very cool thing to re use your moms dress.

Post # 33
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

The dress has a beautiful train too! 

Post # 35
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

The lace on the bodice is beautiful!  The dress would need some work to be considered “modern” but I’m sure it can be salvaged 

Post # 36
581 posts
Busy bee

The “v-waist” you keep referring to is called a basque waist. It’s one of the more interesting features of the dress.

Get rid of the sleeves, and the peplum as PPs suggested. Keep the illusion neckline (it’s the most interesting thing about that dress). I am sure there are some minor changes you can make to update this dress. Also: when you are done- pictures!!

Post # 38
581 posts
Busy bee


No worries. I’m just a huge nerd. Especially when it comes to vintage fashion.

Although I don’t have a prayer of fitting into my mum’s dress, it’s nice that you can! πŸ™‚

Post # 41
2467 posts
Buzzing bee

SO glad you posted!! The ONE picture I can see is SO lovely!!! PLEASE leave the neckline as is. There are lots of gowns with Sweethearts-yours is unique RIGHT NOW!

Will you put something in your wedding program or show pictures at the reception so that everyone knows that Nana made the dress and your mom wore it in her wedding?

I’d want everyone there to know!!!! 

Now, if you could only post a follow-up shot of you and Nana and Mom together, beaming with pride! 

Blessings and Best Wishes!!

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Post # 42
6272 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m not a dress maker so can’t be of much practical help but I just wanted to say I think that neckline/lace top is gorgeous. Im excited for you! 

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