Post # 1
hello wonderful bees,
i’ve been following you from the shadows for quite a while… You’ve given me (indirectly) lots of useful advice and support.
My wedding was this summer but I don’t want to let go of my dress. I like the idea of reusing things…especially the ones I love. I’ve shortened my dress to knee length. My question to you now is : how can I make my wedding dress look less bridal so that I can wear it to other formal events? Should I add a coloured belt? Any other (more) creative ideas?
I can’t dye the material because it’s silk satin.
I’ll post a picture of the long dress and one of the short "version"
Post # 3
That is really cool!! If I saw you wearing that at a party I wouldn’t have ever guessed it was your wedding dress 🙂
I would just make sure that whatever accessories you wear aren’t “bridal”. So stay away from crystals/diamonds or silver tones… I’d wear bright or dark colors with it. I don’t think a colorful belt would work because of the detail on the dress around your mid-section!
I love that you repurposed your dress!!
Post # 4
it looks great as is. maybe you could wear a black shrug with it.
Post # 5
I think it looks great! I think that wearing it with a colorful (or black) shawl or cardigan would be great. I’d also wear colorful/black accessories and shoes.
Post # 6
I love your dress short! I’ve been kinda wanting to do this to my dress, but I don’t know how to do it/if I can afford the alterations.
I also think with the detailing on the waist you might want to skip the belt. I like the idea of trying to punch up the color of your accessories–a scarf/pashmina, shrug and shoes.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I would add some contrast embellishments, especially along the neckline (and possibly the hem). Like a strip of black (or other color) lace sewn along the silk? And a contrasting belt. I tend to avoid white dresses (other than for a wedding!) because to me it *always* looks bridal, so I would want to break up the white a bit.
Post # 8
I love the idea of a shrug or wrap or sash in another color. I think black would be super easy to do to tone down the “bridal” look while keeping it current and modern. Keep your jewelry “non bridal” and stick to something more chunky and modern.
Post # 9
I would add a shrug/shawl to it in whatever colours your shoes happen to be. I think it looks beautiful both long and short though!
Post # 10
I love it! Add some colorful accessories (anything non-white or ivory, really) and you’ll be fine.
Post # 11
Sash, either solid color or lace; actually you could do a colored lace overlay of the whole thing (but you’d need a pretty good seamstress; just the skirt would be easier because you could add a solid strip around the waist and sew it into that; same or coordinating colors); silk is too delicate to handle appliques or I’d suggest that. 🙂
It’s beautiful, reminds me of my dream dress from childhood- Maria’s white party dress in WestSide Story – so romantic!
Post # 12
thank you very much for your responses and suggestions! and it makes me happy that you liked the dress-es:)
daydreamwanderer – I was thinking about appliques as well…the dress is not pure silk, it’s the polyester satin (silk satin I was told at the store). Can apliques work in this case?
I also like the lace overlay idea…hmm
I saw a beautiful bolero on Etsy and it made me think that that would also look nice and tone down the “bridal” look
… So I’m toying with this idea as well.
JessieS16 – shortening it was not too expensive! I say do it if your dress style allows it and if afterward you can reuse the dress. I also took out one layer of crinoline.
Post # 13
What a great idea! I have seriously considered doing the same thing with my dress.
Post # 14
how neat!! i’d do a shrug, probably =)
Post # 15
My fear with appliques is that they can be heavy; if you used a lighter weight fabric (look for something lighter than the fabric of your dress itself), it could still work. Check out the seams of your dress too, to see how stitching will look. Some fabrics have a tendancy to snag and pull if stitched anyway other than with the grain of the fabric, which can make a beautiful dress look cheap quick.
Do you have the fabric that was removed? the bottom half of the skirt? You could do some test run appliques with the extra fabric, or ask your seamstress to do so, so you can see whether they hang too heavy, pull, etc. or not. 🙂
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Great idea! Looks so cute short! 🙂