Repurposing a wedding dress
Since I'm crazy and have to take on a thousand projects at once, I decided to finally get started on my first bridal gown reconstruction. I bought this gown for about $15 at a local thrift store that was closing in downtown Augusta. It has absolutely no signs of wear and tear, and I don't think it was ever even worn. An amazing thrift store find.
But. I'm having a little trouble figuring out what exactly I want to do to this dress.
The negative attributes of this gown:
- It's too long.
- The sleeves are too long, out of date.
- The waistline is too low, very 80s.
- There is no bustle.
The very positive sides of this gown:
- It is like new. But vintage of course.
- All the pearl beading is perfectly in tact.
- The deep V in the back. Very sexy and feminine.
- A lot of potential in the long train, a very unique bustle could be sewn.
- The sleeves are unique, not many gowns made today have sleeves.
- It's a beautiful ivory color, bright white gowns are an eye sore!
I will most likely do the following in this reconstruction:
- Raise the waistline to the natural waist, keeping all the pleats and "V" in the front.
- Make the gown knee length but fade into the train's full length. Fun and sassy for an outdoor spring/summer wedding.
- Shorten the sleeves. Maybe 3/4 or short. I hate cap sleeves!
- Keep the train but bustle it in a way that it compliments the gown.
Any ideas or suggestions? I'd love to hear from you all and what you think would make this gown fresh and fashionable again.