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llussier: that could be an idea yes!! Thanks for mentioning it!! Although it would be more costly than re-doing my Mom’s dress directly but I’ll consider it since I had a budget for a dress already! thanks again for all your help!! : )
kittywolf13: We don’t have a theme per-say but I love vintage and Fiance wants something classy/modern but not too serious? xD In other words we have no idea aha… Oh I love your idea to save the sleeves for the bouquet or for a hair accessory to go with the veil!! Thanks!! 😀
ann.reid.9277: I’m happy you like my Mom’s dress!!!! She would be so thrilled to hear that!! 😀 I think that as you said, I’ll start by small changes and then we’ll see…
Btw, here’s a pic of my Mom’s dress back in the days when it was “fresh” and just made!
Post # 32
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
- Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay
The dress has a beautiful train too!
Post # 34
frywedding2015: Just saw your post!! Thank you for all the amazing suggestions! 😀 So helpful!! I will definitely remember these and suggest them to my aunt!!
kittywolf13: Thank you!! Hopefully I can salvage it… The satin is very ruffled right now but a good iron should do the trick!!
Post # 35
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
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 # 37
plum_pudding: Thanks for the right term, I really suck at naming parts of clothes my bad :s Thank you also for the tips!! I will definitely update you all once it is done!!! Will take a while though, my aunt lives abroad so I’ll have to bring the dress to her in the beginning of next year…
Post # 38
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! 🙂
Post # 39
Hi Bees! It’s been awhile!! I wanted to update you all on the progress of the dress. Here are some pictures:
So what do you think? I have my own comments that I’ll tell to my aunt but I want your opinion first! Thank you : )
Post # 40
– edit – something is wrong with the post.. trying to figure it out!
update: Ok I have no idea why but the pic I took this week that I intended to share with you all is now in my previous post from 3 months ago… Just look up to see the new pic!
Here’s my original post of today:
“Hi Bees! It’s been awhile!!
I just wanted to share a pic with the dress on, I haven’t cut the straps totally yet nor is it adjusted but this gives you an idea how it’ll look like once it’s done.
I’m also planning on adding a sash as a belt, my aunt only put some random diamonds in the middle for now but I’ll take that out. Also will ask if it’s possible to make the neckline more “sweetheart”.
Thanks for your input! : )”
Post # 41
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!!
Post # 42
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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Thank you Bees for your comments! They make me happy!! : ) I was uncertain at first if I should use my Mom’s dress, but you Bees make me more confident in my choice!!
ann.reid.9277: Thank you for your well wishes!! It’s true that the neckline is ok in itself, I just wanted to change it up a bit to make sure it’s really “modern” but I guess it wouldn’t be necessary.. ahh that’s such a good idea!! I didn’t think about that! I will try to include the history of the dress in the wedding thank you for the idea!! 😀
UK-bee: thank you!! I’m glad you like it : )
robsbeach: thanks! 😀 so happy you think so!!