Post # 1
Okay gals, so you probably saw my poll for thoughts on a dress for my backyard/watery/casual/bbq kind of wedding. (Yay octopus cake and sliders and ribs!)
First, I will start with the object of this post… amid trying to find a dress I love, I purchased a fixer silk dress on ebay (Alvina Valenta 9960). I am a crafty sort and loved the idea of painting my own dress. What are the honest thoughts so far of this dress? It needs ironing and I cut the pleated part of the hem that originally came on the dress… but the under plain layer still needs to be there… What color shall I paint it? Darker blue? Charcoal with shimmer?
I bought a dress similar to this but no cowl neck (scoop) more beading: (the pictured dress is Wtoo Alessandra btw)
Then I contemplated either Watters Muna:
OR JLM Blush 1305:
Post # 2
If no to the painted dress… maybe for a wreck the dress shoot? I love the ombre but worried about how it will be received.
Post # 3
Sorry but the first dress looks like someone spilled kool aid on it and ruined it 🙁 I voted for the third dress but like the second one. Any pictures with you in the dress you bought? I like the last one too
Post # 4
I like the idea your going with and can see your vision… If you choose this one, you need to dye that underlay a much darker blue.. at the moment it looks half finished and confused. Give it a go and see how it looks then.
I look forward to seeing it finished and steamed 🙂 I also think accessorising it with blue will also help tie the look your going with together.
Post # 5
I’m not sure which dress I like most – I really like the bottom detailing on Muna but love the shape/color of JLM.
The main thing is that the ombre isn’t pronounced enough in the dress. I feel like it should be a little more throughout the dress, and a little bit more defined, just so that it looks more intentional and has more of a “fade” going on. I’ve seen some pretty neat ombre wedding dresses, I just feel like it really has to have a very specific look – otherwise it might seem like a stain to first glances. I DO think it could totally work, though.
Post # 6
I’m all for going creative with colours and styles, but I’d be very nervous about being able to pull off a hand-dyed dress.
If you want that ombre kind of look, have you considered Wai Ching?
They also do custom gowns/colours, and I tihnk even their custom designs would be a touch cheaper than Alvina Valenta etc.
Post # 7
The Watters Muna dress is SO gorgeous. I think it would be perfect for a subtle under-the-sea wedding.
The photos of the painted one don’t look intentional – it looks dirty, not ombre. Maybe when you’re finished it’ll look differently, but right now I’d say that’s a big no for me.
Post # 8
If you want my brutally honest opinion, the ombre dress looks kind of like the bottom got eaten by blue mould. It sort of has that spotty look… I love the idea, but the execution needs some work. Otherwise I like the 3rd dress a lot for your theme.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I like the last dress.
Foe the painted one, it’s too subtle. You need to do a lot more painting to make it look intentional. It also looks a little blotchy, So unless it doesn’t look like that in person, I’d scrap that project
Post # 10
<br />The third dress has the elegance of a wedding
Post # 11
rather then painting why don’t you try dip dying with fabic dye because right now it looks a bit spotty but I love the idea.
Post # 12
Yes, I think I’m going to to that bottom hem/tier in a darker grey blue… by spotty are you referring to the close up portion of the picture? I tried to use silk salts to create movement of the dye… I think because the dye is very watered down and the dress wasn’t flat when I was painting, it didn’t “move” much. This was the general flow of the dye I was going for (not these colors obviously)
Here’s me in the original dress (undecided about belt):
Post # 13
Please don’t use/wear the hand painted dress, I am sorry it just looks horrible and looks like someone spilled something on it
Post # 14
This is my fear… some will love it and some will absolutely hate it. LOL. Though the picture doesn’t do it justice, it does look nicer in person and better than the Wai dresses I’ve seen. I Think I am still going to finish the project (darken it up with the bottom teir etc), but given it has cost me less than $100, I will probably use it for a Wreck the Dress shoot 🙂 I can always turn it into little silk scarves later too 🙂 I will post more pics once I get it done though. And better pictures once I get my DSLR charged up!
Post # 15
jennyferr: i think the handpainted dress has the potential to be amazing! It just doesnt look completly finished. I would suggest making the ombre darker and more vibrant with a darker color on the bottom.
I would finish it and see how it turns out, if you dislike it you can always wear the other ones but it could be awesomly unique!