Wednesday, September 14, 2011

60s Style Wedding Dresses (+ My Own Dress Challenge)

60s style wedding dresses

As I type today's post, I am literally catching myself falling asleep at my laptop.  (I just started to type 'typewriter' instead of laptop.  Wow.)  Perhaps this is because two days ago, I finally forced myself to make time to start (yes, start) alterations on my wedding dress.  17 days before the big day. 

I'm wearing my mom's dress, which is a gorgeous vintage 1960s mod style shift, just like the styles above.  Initially, I was just going to remove the collar, make it a bit more fitted, and shorten the sleeves.  Then I decided that maybe it looked a little too dated with its button-up front, and had the brilliant idea to remove the darts in the front bust and back neckline in order to make the front the back, and vice versa.  Let me just say that silk that has been creased into a dart for close to four decades does not come uncreased.  Ever. Let me also say that as a fashion designer, I should know better than to think that needle holes in a delicate brocade do not disappear when a seam is removed.  Sigh.  So it's back to the drawing board, as I re-sew in the darts and start the redesign over.  But I will trudge on, with a smile on my face.  Otherwise, I'll be taping on the pieces of this thing that are currently sitting on my sewing table and/or wearing a garbage bag on my wedding day.

Eventually, I WILL finish this dress and be able to share lots of pretty pictures with you all after the wedding!  In the meantime, enjoy the gorgeous dresses above.  Each of these has certain similarites in style to the one I'm working on.  I can't wait until it's done.  Wish me luck!

1. Adorable mod wedding dress, via The Sweetest Occasion.
2. Stunning silk shift from by Matthew Williamson's new bridal collection.
3. Simple +pretty Spun Sugar shift by BHLDN.
4. Cute vintage sequin mini from CT Merchantile on Etsy
5. Vintage beaded shift from Sempre Vintage on Etsy.

Oh - and I have to apologize for being a terrible commenter over the last week.  I absolutely adore reading all your comments, and I really do make an effort to visit your blogs and comment back.  I promise that after this wedding madness subsides, I'll be back in good karma comment mode. :)


  1. Whew! Good luck my friend. I admire you for being able to sew...I have had a sewing machine for over 2 years and still have yet to learn how to turn it on!

  2. what a lovely dress style! i love that you are wearing your mom's old dress! good luck with your alterations!!


  3. I love love love this style!! When I get married I want something like this. Not all poofy and over the top, just simple and timeless!! Good luck getting your dress done, I know you'll rock it!!

  4. inhale, exhale, we love you! the dress will be great, i have no doubt. even if it's taped or fabric glued together. robbie won't care, your mom on the other hand, might go wtf? ;) i'm joking.

  5. I can't wait to see it! You are going to be the most beautiful bride ever! And you are AMAZING for making your own dress- AMAZING!

  6. It will be amazing when you finish it!

  7. I can't wait to see the adjustments you're going to make with your mom's wedding dress.


  8. Thanks so much for kind words of encouragement! It's a learning experience for sure, but I think it will be amazing in the end. :)


  9. Keep your chin up and just "keep swimming." Your wedding will be amazing, but remember that the preparation can be just as fun as it can be taxing, though it doesn't always seem that way. From one newlywed to a soon-to-be, wishing you the best of luck all around!

  10. Lovely dresses! I can't wait to see what you come up with and wish you lots of good luck. :) xo, Mary

  11. Lovely dresses. :)


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