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Old 07-04-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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FINALLY having my gown re-designed... IT'S FINISHED!! (update post 26)

I was one of those brides who carefully folded my dress away after the wedding and kept it. Because it was so darn pretty and cost such a lot of money and had all these happy memories tied up in it. I've finally decided this is silly. I found a designer from New York who specializes in bespoke wedding gowns and am having my gown re-made into a new dress. I thought I'd document the process in case any other of our lovely Disney Brides ever want to do the same thing.

So far, I've paid the deposit ($200) and the gown is being shipped off. From there, the designer will come up with some sketches, we will work out a design, and she'll work out an estimate. I've told her I'm happy to cut it up, dye it or add material. I'd rather have it turn out as something amazing than put constraints on it.

I'm so excited to be able to wear my dress again in a new way!! My first thought was a 50's style cocktail dress, but I'm excited to see what the designer comes up with!

For reference, this is my gown now:




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Old 07-04-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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Can't wait to see!
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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How exciting! I'm very interested to hear all about your experience!
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:52 AM   #4
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I had a thought this afternoon. One day my mum and I were out together and came across this beautiful fabric that I fell rather in love with. It's a watered silk with blues and greens and yellows. Neither of us had any idea what to do with it, but we bought it anyway, just because it was gorgeous.

My mum kept it, figuring we'd find something to make with it eventually. After she died, I packed up her sewing room but I kept this one bolt of fabric. I have about six meters of it, even though I can't sew to save my life. It just occurred to me that this might be just the use for it.

I emailed my designer to see what she thinks.

I sort of thought that if the tulle layers of my dress became an underskirt, maybe this could go over top... Or something...

Here's the fabric I've kept (and moved all the way to Australia!) even thought I can't sew:


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Old 07-06-2013, 08:24 PM   #5
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I've never heard of someone doing this before. What a fabulous idea! I love it even more because you can incorporate the fabric that means so much to you and reminds you of your mom. I can't wait to see the final product. Do you have an occasion for it yet?
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:07 AM   #6
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Ooh! I briefly considered doing this, but decided against it. I'm very intrigued to see what your designer comes up with! Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind again. LOL

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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Would love to hear and see how this works out.

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Old 07-08-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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Sounds like fun! I'm excited to see how it turns out for you!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:31 AM   #9
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Your gown is beatiful. I love the re-designing idea. It is something I'm thinking about myself (though not in the same way). My mum died many years ago and I have her wedding gown. It is not something that I could/would wear, but I'm considering re-designing it (or at least some of it) into my wedding gown.

Like others, I'd love to see the "after" pictures.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #10
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Wow,

what a great idea! My gown is close to 30 years old, I wonder if it would be doable? Who is doing this for you?
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:43 PM   #11
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I'm going to subscribe to this thread so please keep updating as you go through the planning and final stages.

I've thought about doing this, too. I loved my gown, but it's in a box under my bed - along with my mom's and my Godmother's gowns. I'd love to wear it again but with a cathedral train my options are quite limited unless I have it re-designed.

I'm looking forward to your final product!
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:12 PM   #12
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My designer wants to have a look at the dress before deciding if the other material will work, which I appreciate. No point shipping it if it won't work. I expect this process to take several months, but I'm not in a hurry (It's sat around for the last six years), but I'll update as we go along!

Sorry, forgot to add that I've gone through http://cassandrarosebespoke.com/

One of the things that drew me to her was that she specialises not only in bespoke design, but she has experience with vintage gowns and high end silks. My dress is 100% silk and I wanted someone I felt I could trust. She has been fantastic so far and I'm really excited about this.

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Old 08-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #13
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Update!

My dress arrived safely with no issues and has gone to be cleaned! Cleaning will cost and additional $200. The designer has suggested a solid silk rather than the one I have, which is fine. (If this one turns out as beautifully as I hope, I may just have a second dress made with the watered silk!).

She sent me some colour cards with all the choices, whereupon I immediately got overwhelmed and had to do something else for a bit...:









After thinking it over, I decided to be a bit sentimental and go with a pink, because my wedding colours were pink and gold. My bridesmaids all wore shades of pink:



So I've decided on one of these two... I think! (Feel free to chime in an opinion!) I think I'm leaning towards 216, because it is saturated, but not super bright, and is very similar to my maid of honour on the right...:



But then I think a powder pink or a bright fuschia might be lovely, too! Oh dear...

And here is the first sketch!



I must admit, I'm a bit enchanted with it! My first thought it that I would like to add straps, just to make it a tad less formal. I LOVE the ruffled skirt, but I wonder if it will make me look big? I'm not an itty-bitty girl and wear a US 10-12... But then I think that waist will really be flattering, and as long as the tulle lays right (which I'm sure my designer would make sure of! Plus, as it's silk tulle, it's pretty soft.) it could look really nice! I also adore that it still has the corset at the back, because that's one of the alterations my mum did.

So, what do you think?? I would really love some thoughts and honest opinions before emailing the designer again!

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:41 AM   #14
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The sketch is amazing, and it will look great on you. I am not itty bitty either so I can understand your concern. However, I think with the way the waist is fitted, it will look great on you and be very flattering. Showing off a little leg like that will make you appear taller as well. I, like you, am enchanted with the design. It's just fabulous.

As far as the color goes, I agree with your first pick. It's a versatile color, so I don't think it would limit you as much as a bright fuschia would. I love that you're going with a wedding color. Even more sentimental!

Thanks for the update. I can't wait to hear more.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:25 PM   #15
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I absolutely love the design! Beautiful! Do you know where the pink will be used on the dress? For me, this would be a big indicator of which pink to use.

I think it would be very pretty if she were keeping the top of your dress and adding the pink as the part that wraps around and crosses in front, leaving the top part of the original dress to show. Then adding here and there pieces on the skirt. If this is the case, then you could go with a strong color (like a bright fuchsia) because all the white (or did you say ivory?) material will help tone it down a bit. You wouldn't want anything too light because then the white will wash it out. I would choose the strongest color that you love and looks good on you. (Oh, dear, I think I'm rambling.)

Anyway, I love it! It will be gorgeous. And I wouldn't worry about the ruffled bottom making you look big for two reasons. First, because you're not, and second because, if done properly, it will make your waist look tiny! I look forward to your next update!

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