Post # 1
(Some of you may have read) Last week I took the plunge and bought a vintage dress sight unseen from Etsy with the intention of altering the neckline to modernise the dress.
I originally was thinking of an illusion neckline- having removed the sleeves but I don’t think there wll be enough fabric. So perhaps creating a sweetheart neckline by extending the sheld bust?
Does anyone with any serious sewing no-how any have opinions on the best way to utilise the fabric of the dress to creat a more modern neckline. I’m open to all suggestions!
The Dress I Bought
Into a neckline like this
Post # 3
i love the skirt of your dress its stunning.
I no dress maker but I thought i’d add my 2 cents anyway.
Since you have removed the sleeves i’d also remove the lace above the bust and then insert an extra panel of material to complete the sweet heart neckline. I know you want to utilise the lace fabric left over but have you considered adding a different fabric maybe a light gold/champagene satin to pick up the beads of the shield bust.
forgive the crude illustration below:
Post # 4
@raindropslollipops: Thank you so much for your drawing! I did think about adding a contrast. I love LOVE some of the dusty blue wedding dresses that have been going around so thought of perhaps having a blue accent. Champagne as you suggested would be lovely too!
ps. Im still not sure whether to keep the beading or not!
Post # 5
I agree also raindrop…
In regards to the beading do you want any beading, are you playing to wear a sash at all?
Post # 6
@justjade: That dress is GOGEOUS, every seamstress’ dream!
Is there lace in front of the white fabric at the neck?
A seamstress could probably remove the backing to leave a boatneck illusion neckline (and definitely hack the sleeves)!
Post # 7
@raindropslollipops: I agree with raindrop that would be the best option
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: That was what i had originally thought about.
There is three layers of fabric! A base, a layer of netting and then the lace on top so hopefully that could happen!
Post # 10
I have a seamstress question as well! How easy is it to shorten an elaborate train? I want to take a cathedral length train and make it a simple brush train? Can this be done fairly easy?
Post # 11
@bee1000: Is there a lot of beading or intricate lace?
Hemming dresses from what I’ve gathered is a fairly standard procedure- from what I’ve read most seamstresses charge per layer they have to alter.
I honestly think it would really depend on the material of the dress?
Post # 12
UPDATE! I just picked the dress up from the post office! I cannot believe the condition it is in! It is near perfect!
It looks like the sleeves and the beading (which actually looks heaps better in real life) will be quite easy to remove.
As for the neckline- I think regardless of what way it is adapted there should be enough material for it to work- either sweetheart or illusion!
So now it is just a matter of storing it correctly to perserve its state cause I have no immediate plans of getting married (as per my original post) ! Any suggestions ?