So much for my antique grown…Alterations vs a new dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

shelbyarlene :  

If you want to send me some more close-up pics I could try to date it for you. I specialize in clothing from 1910-1965. I can generally tell if something if from 65-70, the 70s in general, the 80s in general, and with some specificity in the 90s.

Post # 32
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

morningbell0902 :  I had that thought too.. mostly just the fact it’s peach and a relatively modern cut, it just looks from within the last 5 to 10 yrs. doesn’t make it any less lovely, in fact I think that’s part of the reason I like it.. I don’t love old styles. (even though I understand current styles will look dated in a few decades.. can’t help it.)

op: if you make a thread with the first picture along with a front and a back pic of it on you (pre alterations, just to get a better idea of the details) I bet the weddingbee could help you figure out what designer and year it likely is… it’s incredible how good the bee is at that.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

amanda1988 :  To be fair, light peach and pink dresses (and champagne) were popular in the 1920s. The white wedding dress didn’t take complete hold until the 1930s. But yeah, this is *not* a 1920s dress and the cut and fabric seem very modern. Really, the style of the back cut-out makes me think of styles that have been pretty popular in the last 5 years. 

 

Honestly, I really dislike when antique stores and booths in antique malls also sell contemporary items that are upcycled or distressed. It’s quite frustrating for those of us who are there to look for authentic antique and vintage items and misleading to those who don’t know how to properly date items.

Post # 34
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

morningbell0902 :  did not know that!

I do know that all of my family in Spain wore black wedding gowns, minus my mother (my cousins havent married so my mom is the last one in the family.. but there were a few within the 5 years before her that wore black). I have a 100+ yr old family heirloom veil that’s black. always thought that was cool.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

If my friend gave it to me antique or not I’d pay to get it altered and wear the thing.  That aside…  I read closely what alterations were suggested.  One thing comes to mind…  I have never seen the dress but…  I wonder if every single one of those alterations need to be done.  Can you ask the seamstress if any of those things can be skipped or if something cheaper can be done that would still work.  

Post # 37
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Busy bee

morningbell0902 :  I too am an antique and vintage clothing collector. Nothing peeves me more than new items sold as antique or vintage! It sets off my cringe-o-meter. 

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would shop around for more quotes and keep the dress it’s gorgeous! If you look for a new dress, I don’t think you’ll find what you want, at the same quality, at a cost anywhere near what you’re currently at, even with alterations. If you live in/ near the city, maybe travel a bit away from the city for a price quote, that can make a difference sometimes. 

And I don’t know if this will work, but when you’re getting different quotes, maybe mention the quote you already got? I work at a custom t-shirt store; people will come in all the time and say “what’s that cost for this design on 12 shirts? so-and-so quoted me at $$$ can you beat that?”

I don’t know if that’s proper etiquette though???? I just bought a lace dress from a sample sale, and I haven’t gotten alterations yet (not for quite a few more months) but I’m sure I’ll be getting similar quotes once I do go!

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

MxChinca :  I agree about discussing which things are necessary. My sample dress has a couple of snags here and there, that I personally don’t think are a big deal, who will notice?! And I might opt out of a bustle (Very small ceremony, just dinner after no reception with dancing) ect. 

Figure out what’s important and what’s unecessary, and you could maybe cut costs that way.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

orangeblossomspecial :  Glad my fiance and I aren’t the only ones. 🙂 Drives me nuts. 

shelbyarlene :  Don’t feel bad! If it was bought from an antique store, it SHOULD have been an antique. It’s not your fault at all. But, it is still a lovely dress and if you’re happy with it, then that’s what matters the most, right? I love the color!

amanda1988 :  That’s so cool! I love learning about other wedding traditions. They say a lot about the culture. 🙂 I had no idea about the black dresses in Spanish tradition.

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