A few years ago I was at a flea market in San Francisco. We had seen our fill and the market was closing down, so we were on our way out. A pile of clothes in a nearby booth caught my eye, however, and I rummaged through them and pulled out this dress. There was no room to try it on, but when I held it up the woman packing up the booth said, “I’ll take $1 for that one.” For $1 I figured I could take a chance, so I paid her (no need to haggle), and went home with my prize. When I tried it on it fit me nearly perfectly, but there was just one problem: I had nowhere to wear it. So it sat it my closet, waiting for its moment of glory.
Now I think I have just the occasion: I want to wear this as my wedding dress. Yes, I know it’s not traditional because it’s not all-white. But I’m not traditional. The bigger problem is that it needs some work because of discoloration at the top. My plans for it are as follows:
Add white gathered tulle and/or lace on the bodice to cover up the discoloration and tone down the color
Replace the waist ribbon
It has a navy blue velvet ribbon that goes around the neck, halter-style. I need to replace it with a longer one because my torso is longer than the original owner’s
Maybe add a bright tulle petticoat or underlayer
Am I crazy for wanting to restyle this into my wedding dress? Should I just find a new (or vintage) one? With the money I save on the dress I plan to buy an outrageous pair of wedding shoes that I can wear beyond the big day. Is it ridiculous that I want to be able to say that I bought my dress for $1? (Probably.)
Any advice or ideas?