(Closed) Converting your dress for reception?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

Maybe you haven’t got any replies, becuase people are unsure what you mean?

I have a slightly different “night look” to day look if that’s what you mean?

I’m wearing a black sash and cardi in the evening with black shoes, while during the day I’m wearing a cream sash.

Post # 6
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I am planning on doing kind of the opposite of what you’re talking about… I have a short dress, and plan on making a long “skirt” to go over it for the ceremony. I haven’t really worked out the details yet (I’ll be making this myself), but it shouldn’t be too difficult since I’m starting with the shorter dress as the base.
The long skirt will have to be in a similar heavy satin fabric, with a somewhat stiff lining/petticoat underneath to hide the edge of the shorter dress (I’ll probably protect the short skirt from the petticoat with a silky peice of fabric, sort of like a slip) 
I don’t know if it will work, I’ll do a mock-up before I commit to it. I like my dress the way it is, but always pictured myself in a longer gown for my wedding (I don’t have a photo but the dress I have is perfect for me)

I never thought about doing it in reverse though – longer to shorter. It might be cheaper and less hassle for you to just switch out into a different dress for the reception.
Speaking from a sewing point of view, I don’t think I’d be comfortable making a wedding dress’ bottom half detachable, especially since many of the more traditional types of dresses need the structure of that connection to keep everything from falling apart on the big day. I don’t know what type of dress you plan on wearing, but many corset-top dressed need all that extra support up top to hold up the heavy skirt portion of the dress!
But I suppose it can’t hurt to talk to a seamstress and see what can be done! 🙂

In your shoes, I think I’d rather just have an extra dress and switch it out before the reception than mess with the dress I have, but I’m really not a risk-taker. Personal preference there…
By The Way, if you wind up wearing the original long dress to your wedding, plug in a fan and hide it under your table to keep you cool when you sit!

Post # 8
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@jlsfan:  I saw a dress on TV today that was actually made this way and it made me think of you lol. Howevery it had the long bottom over a short one so that it became a short dress for the reception. It was beaded up top and plain on the bottom (both bottoms) and had a pretty belt. The attachments for the long bottom were hidden underneath the belt. I could not tell if they were snaps or hooks. They didn’t say who made the dress grrr

Post # 9
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Googling “convertible wedding dress” brought up some! Here is an example of a few:

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