(Closed) from bridal gown to cocktail dress

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

That is really cool!! If I saw you wearing that at a party I wouldn’t have ever guessed it was your wedding dress ๐Ÿ™‚

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

it looks great as is. maybe you could wear a black shrug with it.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Sugar bee

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
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Honey bee
  • 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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love it!  Add some colorful accessories (anything non-white or ivory, really) and you’ll be fine. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s beautiful, reminds me of my dream dress from childhood- Maria’s white party dress in WestSide Story – so romantic!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

What a great idea! I have seriously considered doing the same thing with my dress.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

how neat!!  i’d do a shrug, probably =)

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Great idea!  Looks so cute short!  ๐Ÿ™‚

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