Post # 1
So possibly slightly premature but I’m excited, and finally got pictures of me in my dress, so thought I’d post an update. This is how my dress looked when I bought it:
I loved the overall feel of the dress but wasn’t into the sleeves. I pictured a dress with more detail and a 20s vibe (my dream dress was the Anna Campbell Aisling, but astronomically out of budget) so I thought I could DIY some changes. This is how the dress looks now:
With train (just tucked in, I need to finish the tulle at the top then sew on some hook-and-eyes so it will be detachable from under the bow)
I might sew on a couple more beaded strands towards the middle of the back to finish it, and the belt needs sewn on hence why it looks a bit saggy here, was just tied and held on with pins. Feedback appreciated!:)
Post # 3
Ooo, I love the shoulder details!
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 1969 - City, State
i love the shoulder details and the beadwork, such a beautiful dress! I’m not crazy about the belt though, it seems to be competing with all the other beadwork and the back sash and tulle train don’t fit the style of dress (to me).
Post # 5
Thanks for the comments guys!
Thanks for the feedback. I think the way the model is holding her arms in the first picture helps, but in person (at least on me) it looks weirdly plain and same-y down the front without the beading at the waist, I felt it looks a bit shapeless on me without. I’m not sure about the actual ribbon, I just picked it up at the fabric store to try, so I might try some different widths and lengths to see what looks best.
Post # 6
This is absolutely breathtaking! I’m crazy about that beading and shoulder work!
Post # 7
LOVE the shoulder detailing, not too crazy about the belt/sash. But overall, gorgeous!
Post # 8
That shoulder detailing is amazing! Beautiful!
Post # 9
The beading and shoulder detailing, beautiful. You are talented to be able to customize your dress like that!
Post # 10
Yes agree with pp’s about all the good parts .Also about that belt/sash. It is , I think , too heavy for the dress and not in keeping with the more delicate beading on the neckline. It a good shape though, echoing the shape of the midsection of the bodice.
If you really feel it needs a belt then I think one with the same medallion shape in the front, but much narrower and going all the way round , not tied with a trailing ribbon .
It might be the lighting, but that tulle ‘train’ looks a different texture and colour range to the dress – if it were the same sort of very light silky material as the dress perhaps? And with the odd sequin here and there ?
Lovely dress and excellent shoudler changes !
Post # 11
Your dress is very interesting, unusual and beautiful! You will be perfect!
Post # 12
Thanks for your input. 🙂 I wonder if it’s the difference in colour of the beading on the sash compared to the dress? The belt applique is almost entirely silver gems, whereas the beadwork on the dress itself is a mixture of pearl beads, silver sequins and silver gems so it has hints of blue that the applique doesn’t, I may look into how hard it would be to take out some bits from the applique and replace them with beads or sequins to match those on the dress, that might make it look more harmonious. I will say it doesn’t look out of place in person, I do see what you mean from the pictures.
With regards to the ribbon, I really don’t like the yellow tone or shine of it, I did just get it as a bit of a stop-gap to see the general look of it all together. I’ll have another look at some fabrics and probably fashion a sash out of something that blends better. There probably will still be a bow to hide the train attachment, I think it needs to blend better though.
As for the train looking different, that was actually deliberate! The dress is lace all over and I figured better to have an obviously different texture than try and match the lace and have it be a bit off in colour/pattern. Plus my bridesmaid’s dresses are tulle so it pulls everything together 🙂
Post # 13
Just updating with pics of the finished dress on the day! I got better fabric for the sash and only attached it on the back from the side seams, so it didn;t look so heavy on the front, I also improved the detachable train. So happy with how it came out!
Post # 14
gorgeous! I was not digging the sash before but you made it perfect! You look beautiful:-) congrats!