This summer my little cousin, (age 24,) is getting married. Her mother-in-law-to-be has given her the wedding dress she wore in the 1980’s. My cousin likes the dress but hates the sleeves and the butt bow. Also the back will not close. My cousin is 5’10”, athletic, with br0ad shoulders and the original dress owner is 5’6″ with narrow shoulders.
The butt bow was snipped off in ten seconds leaving two things to contend with. Getting the sleeves removed and making the arm acceptable. Then inserting a back panel so the thing can be zipped and provide enough coverage for a standard bra to be worn.
Alterations, especially bridal, are not my favorite. Because the thing is, once I remove the back zipper and sleeves, I have to get it right, or I will have dismantled the mother-in-law’s wedding dress for nothing. No pressure there.
I plan to work on it over the next week and will keep you posted.