Post # 1
I’m all about meaningful things, whether it’s gifts, cards, having a “memorial” table at my wedding for my deceased family, everything! Maybe I’m just a sap. Anyway, I have decided to “re-design” my mom’s wedding dress to wear on my special day 🙂
I would LOVE some idea’s on what you guy’s think would look best! My wedding is in about a year and 4 months so I need to take my dress in ASAP to start working on alterations.
Here are my ideas:
Obviously the sleeves have to go, love them for my mom but hey its the 21st century. I am however going to take the lace on both sleeves to use to wrap my bouquet as well as my MOH’s bouquet because she’s my sister!
I love the sweatheart cut the dress has got going on and it’s full of little pearls. I’m trying to decide if I want to take off the pearls and add crystals or maybe just add the crystals in with the pearls.
Love the back of the dress, but it does come up into this weird collar thing.
I absolutely ADORE the train on this dress holy cow. The only other thing would be to add some more lace/maybe tulle to make the dress a bit poofier/maybe some nicer lace.
What are your guys’ thoughts?? I would love to hear some of your ideas!! BTW. Ignore me in the pictures, it was a spur of the moment decision to try on the dress and I looked like I needed a shower. 🙂
This pic is just for fun so you can see the beautiful lace I’ll be using on mine and my sisters bouquets!
Also don’t judge me about the quality of the photos… Thank you cellphones! 🙂
If anyone out there has “re-deisgned” or done something similar to a dress I’d love to see the before and afters!!
Post # 3
Awesome idea, awesome dress! I redesigned my mom’s (and grandma’s!) dress, you can see pics here:
Updating my vintage dress!
Good luck! Keep us updated!
Post # 4
Have you ever watched that show? I wish you could talk to the seamstress who does the work!
I actually like the sleeves…I know they’re “dated” and all, but honestly all of our dresses will be dated in like five years. My…sort of distant cousin…got married in her great-grandmother’s dress this summer and she looked amazing. We’re talking a dress from the late 1800s…barely updated, just tailored to her figure.
I think it would be most updated if you removed ALL of the lace…are you that talented / is that even possible?
Post # 5
@Jaejohns: I agree that sleeveless is the way to go.
I would remove the lace that goes up to the high collar in the back and front completely so you would end up with a scoop neckline front and back.
Post # 6
That dress is phenomenal! The fit is perfect and I love the details. I’m sure your mother was stunning on her big day! Good luck with the redesign. Can’t wait to see the end result 🙂
I would lose the sleeve but the lace on the back is so lovely and unique. Maybe, remove the lace going up the bust but leave it on the chest area.
Post # 7
@Jaejohns: I would wear that dress as is it’s beautiful!!
Post # 8
I think just removing the sleeves and maybe adding some sparkle to the lace area would be beautiful!! An. That train is to DIE for!
ETA: with the sleeves removed, imo that collar would look great! And keep the pearls just add aome sparkle
Post # 9
@sarals24: Holy Moly! I love it! I love love love your lace back! How many appointments did you have?
@peachacid I haven’t watched the show, they have one?? I could totally find it online somewhere. What’s it called? Also, I’m definitely NOT doing the work myself!! I’m taking it in to a seamstress 🙂
@julies1949 Do you mean by removing it to make it strapless? I’ve definitely thought of that but that back IS kind of unique. It’s such a tough choice! Thats why I like opinions 🙂
@PetuniaPie Thank you so much! My mom cried when I asked her to try it on, luckily for her she had pretty good taste 🙂
Post # 10
@nearly-mrs-R: Thank you very much!! I know it’s hard to want to do anything to it but I want to spruce it a little. My issue with the sleeves is that they are SO HOT! I had the dress on for about 20 minutes and was sweating bullets!!
graygodess20 Thank you! I’m glad we’re on the same page.. 🙂
Post # 11
I agree with getting rid of the sleeves and the illusion neck piece!
But the “bones” of the dress are gorgeous!
Post # 12
This is EXACTLY what they do on that TLC Show “Something Borrowed – Something New” here is a link that even shows a similar dress (and them cutting it)… mind you it is only part of the show… so you don’t get to see how it turned out… altho I bet if you were to use GOOGLE you might find an image of the final dress somewhere
So I 100% agree with @julies1949: Reply # 4, you’d want to start by cutting out the whole neckline to make it a Sweetheart… off with the Sleeves etc.
The dress has “good bones” I bet it could truly be turned into something spectacular. You might want to check out your TLC Channel on Tv and catch some of the episodes of SB-SN
Hope this helps,
Post # 13
I love this dress — I totally would have gone with my mother’s dress if I wasn’t 5 inches taller than she was when she got married. I actually think the sleeves are fabulous and totally make the dress. Could you do a quarter length/cap sleeve? And maybe just remove the part of the neckline that covers your shoulders/upper neck?
Post # 14
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Get rid of sleeves, and neck thingy but keep as much of the lace in the back as possible and add mesh like the one from the sleeves to the open back. Love the train as well.
Post # 15
@This Time Round: Oh thank you so much!! I can’t wait to watch this! The more and more I look at it I think you and @julies1949 about taking off the whole neck line and back, strap of lace. I know I could find out more ways to use the lace through out my wedding to still have it there! 🙂
eilean Thank you! I’ve thought of that as well actually, seeing if I could do something to do a short sleeve. Fiance and I have very traditional family and values so I wouldn’t mind covering up a bit- I just worry about being hot. I am really lucky though, my mom and I are the SAME height, she had to squish me into the dress a little bit (that woman was tiny!) but thats an easy fix.
atreyu547 Thank you!! You guys are right, the collar should go. I can find SOMETHING to do with it.. Good idea about adding it to the back! I hadn’t thought of that!!
Post # 16
I think removing the sleeves is a must, along with the back portion that goes up to a collar. I think it would look great as a sweetheart with thicker shoulder straps (like a v-neck) or cap sleeves.