- 4 years ago
Looking for suggestions:
Backstory: I have the honor of having my Great Grandmothers 1930’s silk wedding dress. It has a low cowl neckline, long pointed sleeves, cut on bias and has about 100 small silk buttons down the back. It is very simple with no art deco influences and modest and cream – light butter colored. I have been told it was originally pure white.
I am deeply sentimental and very close to both my departed Great Grandma and Grams. (wearing Grams’ pearl drop earrings from her wedding) BUT…I do not want to wear the dress as it is.
I want to keep many aspects such as the length, (fortunately its only 1/2″ too short) the bias cut and even the long sleeves with point, but would like to add some volume, restore it to a brighter ivory and also dip dye the bottom and add a corset with the same dye as bottom of skirt. (that’s my fiance’s one request for wedding, that I do not wear a white or cream dress. He said I am so unique and original, I should never be caught in the same thing as any other bride, auhhh!)
I am not a seamstress and have no idea where to start.
DO I just find a seamstress of a special type of skill to work with old, fragile silk and to add skirt volume and color? Is there a place to send it to get restored color first…?
I have 1 year – 14 months before wedding,
Thank you for the help ladies!