Post # 1
We got married earlier this summer. I’ve got my dress back from the dry cleaners. I was thinking about having my wedding dress cut and made into a cocktail dress. Has anyone seen or done this?
It’s a pretty simple J Crew gown and its so nice I’d love to be able to wear it in the summer. I think it’d be a cute sun dress or something. Also the mud on the bottom of the gown never quite came out and we all know the “saving for the daughter” things could be a waste. I might have to have some of the boning taken out or the elastic because it hurt like hell on my wedding day since the boning poked me in the ribs all night. This is all fixable if I find the right seamstress.
I am worried how much this would cost though.
Post # 3
I totally would if I had a dress like yours,but it just wouldn’t work with my dress, it’s satin and just too formal.
Post # 4
if i had a dress that it would work with maybe, but my dress is lace and very bridal looking, it wouldnt look right shortened.
Post # 5
I would if it would work with my dress.
Post # 6
my dress is already short so there’s no need for altering. but i like the idea if i did have a long dress. one of the reasons i love my dress is b/c i can wear it again, hopefully on anniversaries.
Post # 7
My dress would not work short (drop waist + ball gown skirt all in detailed silk organza).
BUT how fun would it be to wear your dress again for things like an anniversary dinner or just date night. That said, it probably won’t be “cheap” to do this. I’d guess it’d be about $100-150 esp if they have to debone it. My seamstress charges $70 to turn a long Bridesmaid or Best Man dress into a short Bridesmaid or Best Man dress and all she’s doing is cutting and hemming (booo!)
Post # 8
That’s a cool idea! My mom used her wedding dress to make a first communion dress for my sister. My dress is lace and would just always look like a wedding dress if it was shorter, but I think it’s a great way to reuse your dress!
Post # 9
I totally would, and maybe will! I just saw a replica of my dress today that was made into tea length and I want it! But I still don’t know if I’d ever find the occassion to wear it, I never wear white as it is.
Post # 10
Depending on the seamstress shouldn’t be too much- my dress is being hemmed from full length to tea length and it is going to be $65 for 3 layers. Not sure about how much deboning would be.
Post # 11
i think yours will look great as a sundress. i plan to sell mine, but if i don’t have any takers, i’ll consider shortening it.
Post # 12
yep…I had two J.Crew dresses. Got them both chopped off into short summer dresses.
Post # 13
good idea! it will make a great sundress!!
Post # 14
Mine would look kinda ridiculous, but I think yours would look awesome short and be really versatile.
Post # 15
I think its a great idea for a dress like yours that would work well being shortened.
Post # 16
Hemming should be pretty cheap. The price of taking boning out will just depend on how your bodice is constructed. I would totally do it if I were you!