(Closed) I think I might buy this dress!!! Need thoughts on it vs other!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Top dress or bottom dress (that is 1/6th the price but might need changes)?
    Get the top dress, it's ready to go as-is and you've wanted it for forever now : (97 votes)
    88 %
    Take a risk and go for the second one, more unique, lots of leftover money if you want to change it! : (13 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    You’ve said before that your taste is more ‘old fashioned’ or traditional, and this dress is definitely vintage! I think the neckline would be my biggest worry, because it’s … a little over the top?

    Do you have a seamstress already for alterations? Maybe she could look at it with you and let you know whether it’s alterable (or how it’s alterable) in case you don’t like how it looks once you try it on. The rest of the dress is very pretty though!

    As far as re-selling if you don’t like it is concerned, that’s a very risky route – remember, your taste is not the bridal norm right now (strapless with beads seems to be it, haha), so it might not be so easy to find a buyer. I know when I was looking at preowned dresses, there were some that I looked at 8 months ago that are still for sale now. Usually they’re the lower price, older, more ‘dated’ dresses. So if you were to buy this and then not like it, you might end up eating the cost, unless it’s alterable to where you like it.

    Also, you would need some very sizeable buttons to cover a zipper that wide on the back.

    Hope that’s not too brutally honest – it really is a pretty gown with a lot of potential, but your post doesn’t sound like you love love love it, so … is it worth the savings?

    Post # 4
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    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    If you think you are going to change the neckline on the second dress, then I think you’ll be changing one of the most unique and eye-catching things about it. (Although I totally get it because I’d be choked by that personally.) Based on that, I think you should go with dress #1 as planned.

    Post # 7
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I do like the cap sleeves πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
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    321 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Hi MsInterpret!!  Of course you know i had to vote for the vintage gown, and i immediately thought of one i had posted on my vintage gown list thread, but it has already sold, major bummer. It makes for good inspiration though, you could change the collar to an open collar like the one in the pic, it looks really great like that and the back is identical to yours. 

    If collars aren’t your thing it would be VERY easy to change this to a v-neckline front and back.  it’s likely that the shear part leading up to the collar is a seperate piece of fabric from the rest of the bodice.  check it out and if so just snip the thread from the seam and it will come off, leaving a beautiful and elegant v-neck with that lovely scalloped edging! if it can’t come off it can certainly be cut and sewn down to just leave the scallop edge.  if you do this maybe there’d be enough from the collar to make your cute cap sleaves!  find yourself a good seamstress and go for it!!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/51042904/vintage-1950s-lace-wedding-gown?ref=sr_gallery_12&ga_search_query=lace+dress&ga_search_type=category&category=vintage.clothing&ga_page=6&order=&includes%5B%5D=tags&includes%5B%5D=title

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    Post # 11
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    321 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    well it’s definitely unique for whatever age it is.  the description from the one i posted says 50’s but i’ve seen one’s that were “70’s” that had similar necklines.  doesn’t really matter, it’s age is HOTNESS! 

    i really hope you get it, it is quite a unique feeling to know that maybe 2 other people on the entire planet are wearing an even remotely similar dress as yours.  plus making it your own is so satisfying.  would you go for the blue waist ribbon?  that would look sooo good.  best of luck and post pics if you go for it!

    Post # 12
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    1962 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would need to see you in the dresses.  Can you get pictures?

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Budget is really important, and if you’re stuck between dresses, I would go with the cheaper one. You said that you adore the ruffles, and the first dress is gorgeous but has zero ruffles. The second dress is very vintage. However, changing the neckline would up the cost a ton, so it might not be worth it if you don’t like that aspect.

    The only thing that would concern me is the high neckline and extra fabricin Texas heat. My fiance used to live in Mission and I remember BURNING UP down there over spring break! However, that is also near the Mexican border, so maybe it’s not quite as intense where you are. πŸ™‚

    Just remember that it’s so important to feel comfortable and beautiful on your wedding day, but you don’t want to go into a panic after the wedding is over because you went over your budget on the dress.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    lol i should have said something!  i’m very happy i could inspire someone, i hope my misadventures help you.  and oh, dusty french blue, my favorite blue…

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