(Closed) Trying on your mom's dress: Tried it on for fun? Or used it as your dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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ellagrace: Thanks! I am thinking of cutting the sleeves and the peplum, add a sash and add tulle under the skirt, and of course make it to my size!! Well that’ll be the first step, then I’ll see how it looks like and decide if we do more! there’s great advice here from the other bees so I’m sure you can do something great with your dress!! : )

Post # 18
1066 posts
Bumble bee

I think that dress has some serious potential! Personally, I would remove the sleeves and tulle up top and round out the sweetheart if those swirls won’t lay flat without the structure of the neckline and have the bodice fitted to you. As far as the skirt goes I think you have a couple options, if you want it long you could remove the layer at the very bottom with the fluffy lace and replace it with a longer one and edge it with lace that replicates the layer above it. If you want it shorter I would cut it about knee length and use it as a rehearsal/shower dress. I think if it was me I’d go knee length and use it for my rehearsal, the waistline and lace work is so flattering, beautiful and classic!

Definitely keep us posted if you decide to use it!

Post # 20
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I love my mom’s wedding dress but unfortunately most of it is tobacco stained beyond repair. The lace overlay though is still beautiful and cleaned up easily. I spent many hours cutting out pieces of the lace that I loved and brought it to a guy who custom makes veils. We just designed my veil last week and should be done by the end of the month. I’ll post it when its done! I think I’m more excited about the veil than my dress. 

Post # 21
2270 posts
Buzzing bee

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That could be really cool if you kept the bodice, which is beautiful, and add a skirt. I think removing the sleeves but keeping the bulk of the bodice and adding a tulle skirt would give you a look very similar to Mori Lee style 5315

Watters ‘Ahsan’ Skirt (available in Ivory)

Watters ‘Gracia’ Skirt 


Post # 24
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I tried on my mom’s dress a few months ago…or attempted, at least. She was super skinny when she got married, and well…I have a bigger butt than she did… But hey, we gave it the ol’ college try!

That being said, your mom’s dress is really pretty! I agree that it has potential to alter into a fun party dress or even your all-day dress. Find a good seamstress, and explore your options!

Post # 28
5212 posts
Bee Keeper

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ellagrace: I think it is beautiful as is! I actually love the sleeves. aybe leave it as is but wear it for reception? Or use it as your ceremony gown and have amore modern reception dress?

If you remove the sleeves, can you do it in such a way as to make them a jacket? You never know, sleeves like that might be back in style by the time your daughter gets married 

Post # 29
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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ellagrace:  great thread! I tried on my mom’s dress too. My parents got married in 1986, so this dress is very representative of that decade. My mom is a few inches shorter than me, so the dress was a bit short.

I did think about taking parts of it and making it into my own dress, but it seemed too complicated and the fabric was 100% polyester (hahaha) so it was a little uncomfortable. I love the dress I bought, but it was so much fun to try on my mom’s dress. She still loves hers 🙂 

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