Post # 1
I love my dress so so much and really want to wear it again. Seems like cutting the train off at least (and maybe cutting it shorter), dyeing it, and having the buttons removed is the only way to make that work. It’s a pretty fancy dress, so I’m guessing that it’ll only work for formal/black tie events.
Length: I’m torn between leaving the length as is and cutting the train off or making it a shorter mid-calf/madmen length. Yes, in theory, cutting it mid-calf would make it more wearable, but the dress is so fancy that I am just not sure I could get away with wearing it at anything except formal/black tie events anyway, so maybe I should leave the length as is and just cut off the train? What do you think about length?
Color: I’m also stuck on what color to dye it. Luckily, I will be able to have them dye a few swatches to test it out. Because there are probably some synthetic materials in the dress, not all parts of the dress will take the dye well and it’ll be different shades (or maybe only pale shades). The colors that seem most promising are black (which would likely be grey), red (which might have some blush/pink), purple (which might have some lavender). I’m also considering yellow and taupe (but that might look too much like a wedding gown still?) What color do you think would look best?
Post # 2
Shkragoldfish: cut it up to the knee, or get rid of the whole lacy bottom.
Even if you get rid of the whole bottom, you could sew on another fabric and get the new fabric to hang like in the Kim pic.
If there is an option of taking off the top lace layer of the dress and sewing it back on, you could dip that lace in one color and the underlay in another – like the nude/black trend.
Or the whole thing just black, or possibly some kind of metal colors like bronze. I’d stay away from brighter bridesmaid type colors.
Post # 3
Is that Enzoani Dakota? I wore that in black, and I will tell you that it does look very beautiful in that color. I also think a color like black makes it more neutral, so that you could wear it more often.
Post # 4
Shkragoldfish: Yeah, I’d go with something edgy in color to contrast with the very feminine detail… So… Black or red would totally be my pick. Most likely black, because I find it more versatile.
As for length… I personally would have had it cut and hemmed all the way to where it starts to flare out… Looks to hit just above your knee. Which is not an option you gave. It would make it a lot sexier, while still being a little more casual and wearable, IMO.
If you are opposed to trimming that much off, I wouldn’t alter the shape at all. I’m not a fan of the idea of altering your beautiful wedding gown into such a trendy style as the mad-men one you are thinking about. Def go with something a little more timeless.
Post # 5
babycuddlebee: cutting to just under the knee is an option (but I won’t get rid of the whole bottom & make it a mini-dress because I like the bottom too much & want to be able to wear the dress to formal/black tie events where long evening gowns are required).
The lace layer is sewn with the rest at the seams of the dress, so I don’t think I could take that whole layer off & reattach it- that’d be waaaay pricey when really the different materials of the dress will probably already take the dye differently (like the pics below), but I won’t know which parts of the dress will take the dye how much until we swatch it. The dress won’t be able to be metallic because there’s no metallic or shiny thread/material in the dress, right? And, even though the dress is sold in black (sewn from fabric that’s pre-dyed black), I couldn’t dye my dress solid black due to how different fabrics work w/dye (some materials in my dress would end up black, but much would probably be greyish like below). To try to dye synthetic materials (since they don’t dye well) all fully dark black would take boiling water that would really mess up my dress.
Karenina: haha, yup, it is the enzoani dakota (which I do also love in black). it’s just that dyeing a dress that’s already made that may have some synthetic materials, I probably won’t get a full solid black look. Maybe the netting would dye black or the lace grey while the underfabric is grey, I’m not sure until we swatch it, but most likely the dress can’t look like yours did (for ppl who are able to dye their dress a full, solid, dark color, that’s usually because all material in their dress is 100% silk, which is probably not true of the dakota). But maybe the shades of grey that’d happen from trying to dye it black/ish would be the neutral you’re talking about.
PoliticallyIncorrect: yup, you’re right- I love it flaring out and I love the lace on that part, so I won’t cut it above the flare – has to be a bit lower. I think the madmen/just under the knee length looks way sexier on me in this type of dress and I’ll be able to wear it longer (and when I’m older) compared to a minidress. (hmm but I’ll think about it- I want to fully consider all options.)
The other part of your comment is making me think . . . you might be right. Since my dress doesn’t have the same exact silhouette as kim k’s, cutting it that length might look odd. I can see what you’re suggesting- that you could either make it a mini or leave it the same (with only the train cut off) – I’m thinking you are probably right on that.
Post # 6
Shkragoldfish: Wow it sounds quite complicated. Perhaps risky too as the color is going to be a very dilute version of any bold color, from what you say.
Why not just take a bit off the bottom and teem your dress with a nice contrasting short jacket with shortish sleeves that you keep on so it won’t look like a wedding dress?
Or go edgy and just dip-dye the bottom of the skirt in a pinkish nude
Post # 7
babycuddlebee: it’s not complicated at all for the pros. I was just explaining that removing the layer of lace and dyeing it separately like you suggested would be complicated- that’s why that won’t happen. dyeing my dress also isn’t risky because they’ll test swatches on my dress materials of whatever colors I like, so I know what it’ll look like (I just need to pick the colors I want to swatch). That’s why I was saying grey/black, red/blush, etc. (because the different materials will take more or less of the color, but they’ll be the same color, just different level of darkness). I like the way lace dresses look when dyed even though different fabrics take the dye to different extents (like in the pics above).
I don’t want to keep my dress ivory because I really don’t have anywhere I could wear it if it’s ivory- it’d look to weddingy still. I also can’t pair it with a jacket because I’m usually hot and I’m hot even more so in that dress, so I probably won’t wear a wrap or anything with it.
Dip-dyeing part of the dress seems way more difficult/tricky than just paying the pros to dye the whole thing and have it more timeless and wearable instead of worrying about where to have the dip-dye stop and all that comes with that.
Post # 8
interesting- more ppl are picking purple than red- any reasons for that? (black’s still in the lead- I thought it probably would be)
Post # 9
Just cut the train off, it’s too beautiful to make it shorter!!! I think black could be a great color.
Post # 10
I have to be honest, cutting off just the train may not prevent it from looking like a wedding dress. Maybe if you pick a darker color it will help. Any of the lighter colors, especially blush which is popular right now, will not make it look less like a wedding dress. I am assuming the dress on top is your wedding dress. If it were shorter it would look a lot less like a wedding dress. I plan to wear my wedding dress again, but I picked one that is less traditional for part of this reason. It is believable as a fancy dress, but not necessarily a wedding dress. I would not wear your dress to another wedding, if you do keep the bottom of it the same.
Post # 12
Shkragoldfish: this is great because I picked out the style my wedding dress with the intention of colouring it…so it’s great to see another bee taking the step.
You know cutting it tea legnth will work, but only with a good seamstress. Why don’t you get it dyed first to see what it looks like long before deciding on floor or tea length.
As for colour, I guess the question here will be is if you have other formal dresses already, and what colour are they?
For myself I have a few dark coloured ones, so I would pick a colour I don’t have. I do like the lavender idea, in the right shade it would look great! I would do black only if you do not have any black dresses already. Maybe you can get someone with photoshop skills to generate pics o the dress in different colours.
Post # 13
Anamagana: aww thanks. would you still like it if some parts dye black, but others dye to light grey or charcoal? (like in the pic above) because it’s highly unlikely that everything is 100% silk and will all dye fully black.
bebelicious1: yes, I’m not going to “pick” a lighter color and I prefer darker, but because some materials in some layers of the dress are probably synthetic, part of it will end up being lighter (even if I dye it a dark color). And yes, the dress in the pic with the bouquet at the top is my dress. I do agree that taupe or blush would be too weddingy and that, even in a different color, I probably can’t wear the dress to weddings unless I cut it much shorter.
louis: thank you! (me too!)
KingsDaughter: my seamstress (who will also dye it) is great, but it isn’t pragmatic to dye it and then decide on cutting it later. I can do that, but would pay more money because the price she’d charge to dye it depends partially on how long/big the dress is. So I’d waste money if I paid her to dye it long then decided to cut it short (that is an option though- I could cut later but I could never uncut it).
I have one formal dress and it’s full black (no lace). Since my wedding gown won’t be able to be 100% black at all (due to the synthetic fabrics thing I’m sorry to bring up again), there’s pretty much zero chance that I’d end up with it being fully black, so I’m not worried about it being too similar. Oddly, I also seem to be the only one of my friend group who has no issues wearing the same great dress (or color) to tons of weddings or tons of events. I’ve been told that I look great in black, red, and purple. I’m more concerned with it being something I can wear than it being different than other dresses I have (because it’s always going to be VERY different from any other dress I own- it cost a bazillion times more and it shows). I don’t want to pick coral or aqua or some other color that I might change my mind about later or that I wouldn’t want to wear to every black tie event for the next years.
this person dyed her lace dress grey, but some parts (lace) picked up way more of the grey than others (the undershell & the trim).
she tried to dye her dress black, but it ended up gunmetal because it had synthetic fibers.
Post # 14
You’re concerned about the different parts of the dress picking up color differently, but I don’t think that would be a bad thing. The dyed grey dress you posted looks like the lace was dyed darker on purpose. It lets you see the detail of the lace better. Your wedding dress probably has a lower percentage of synthetic materials (probably a blend more than a straight synthetic) than that lace one. I would do purple, because a slightly lighter purple with dark purple sounds better to me than trying to make it red and having some be pinker.
As far as making it shorter, I would personally cut it off before the mermaid and wear it as a cocktail dress. I don’t know how flattering a mermaid tea length dress is. I think it makes even Kim K look a little stumpy. But, since you are going to keep the lace at the bottom, I would probably just do one ruffle layer, using the bottom edge of your dress so you keep that border lace, keeping that part around 6 inches or so. I can’t tell where your knees are in the dress, but I’d stick to around knee length for it to be more versatile and wearable. But, I don’t personally go to any black tie events so I have no need for one.
Post # 15
I love the different colored material in the pic above where the lace is darked than underneath, that looks soo good! The gunmetal however does not look good.