I got a text from Amy over at ReTulled one afternoon, asking if I could help one of her brides out. The wedding was two weeks away. Jessica, the bride, knew that she wanted it shorter and the sleeves turned into cap sleeves and needed to get the dress to fit.
Like many vintage dresses, the bust didn’t fit. I really enjoy digging my hands into a dress that doesn’t fit. It becomes a challenge to make any changes look intentional, and not slapped together. You need to keep the integrity of the original design.
This kind of work is called a vintage redesign and goes beyond alterations because of the work involved.
We opted for a corset back, which went beautifully with the dress.
The thing about fitting a vintage dress is that sometimes you have to add darts and new style lines to make things fit perfectly, which is what I did. Lace hides a host of style lines and showed off Jessica’s hourglass perfectly.
Here’s one last one on wedding day! A beautiful bride!