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The Amazing Vintage Wedding Dress
The Beauty of Marriage
Getting married is one the most important events in a woman’s life.
Weddings are held all over the world in a grand scale but the ceremonies and the dress worn by the brides may differ from country to country.
History Of The Vintage Wedding Dresses
The vintage wedding dress is one popular type of wedding dress worn by brides in some parts of the world.
The vintage wedding dress is mainly chosen for its classical look.
Vintage wedding gowns have been worn by women as far back as the 1800’s.
Brides wore wedding dresses in different colors and it was only after Queen Victoria's wedding (1840) white became a popular color.
The Queen wore white on her wedding day which paved the way for brides to choose the same color for their wedding gown.
Wedding Dresses: How to Find a Vintage Wedding Dress
Materials Used In Making The Vintage Wedding Dress
It was customary to make the wedding gown with different fabrics.
For example satin was used to make the entire top part (extending from the shoulder to the waist and hips) of the dress.
Lace was used to decorate the front part of the gown whereas for the sleeves chiffon, silk and lace were commonly used.
The sleeves were sewn in a way which gave it a bulgy look and lace was used for the cuffs.
Design Of Vintage Wedding Dress
Vintage wedding dresses were either short sleeved or long sleeved with V necks or high collars.
The dress was worn with a tulle veil and the court train.
It wasn't uncommon for a woman to wear her wedding dress to different functions and outings.
This was possible since the court train could be removed and the dress worn separately.
Tips For Buying A Vintage Dress
Vintage wedding dresses can be purchased online, from stores which sell antique wedding clothing or can be sewn depending on the bride’s preference.
When buying a vintage wedding dress one should keep the following in mind:
- Do some research on the types of vintage wedding dresses made. There are some amazing vintage wedding dresses which were designed between the 1920’s and 1990’s. You can find such designs on the Sammy Davis Vintage website.
- It is best not to buy dresses which are stained and need a lot of mending. Trying to get out stains which have been on the garment for many years is not an easy thing to do. Mending the dress too can be a tedious job since you might not be able to find matching fabric and buttons needed to fix the dress.
- Make sure the vintage wedding dress you choose is the correct size for you. Most women in the vintage period had a smaller body frame than women of this era. Women also wore a corset with their vintage wedding dress to get a better fit. So keep this in mind when you go shopping for your dress.
Tips When Sewing A Vintage Dress
Some brides-to-be prefer to have their vintage wedding dress professionally sewn.
Below are some tips to follow if you plan to have your vintage wedding dress sewn by a qualified seamstress.
- Choose the design of your vintage wedding dress. You can find such designs online or in books and magazines depicting vintage wedding dresses.
- Choose a professional seamstress. Make sure she has experience in sewing wedding dresses and can provide references to prove so.
- Choose the fabric and color. White is the most common color of fabric used but ‘pale gold, scarlet and sky blue colors’ are a few colors recommended for vintage wedding dresses by the Wardrobe Shop.
Tips In Caring For Your Vintage Dress
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