I bought my dress where I buy many of my clothes, a thrift store. Prior to finding my dress, I had become very frustrated with my options. I had set aside a whole day to try on dresses at wedding boutiques in the Provo and Orem area, and after that day, I found that I was disappointed and disgusted by all the way-to-expensive-for-how-cheap-and-ugly-they-look Beautifully Modest dresses and other similar brands. If I was going to spend a lot of money on a dress, I really wanted to love it. A few days later when I was driving by the local Deseret Industries I got inspired to look inside. Based on my past thrift store luck, I decided that looking would be a good idea. When I found my dress and tried it on I was surprised by how well it already fit me. I knew that some changes would need to be made, but I loved the dress so much that I bought right away! The dress looked vintage, but it didn't have any tags so I assumed that it was a homemade dress that was made during the 1970's. Read further to see how I changed the dress to make it perfect for me.
This is the dress after I took off the original sleeves, I wish I would have taken a picture before.
Here is a picture of the original sleeve after I took it off the dress.I actually think these sleeves are awesome but I didn't want to look too old-fashioned.
I took this lace off the bottom because it didn't match the dress and because it looked a little too cheap.
After removing the original sleeves I had a seamstress make new cap sleeves out of the original fabric and cover the caps sleeves with the extra applique lace that was also on the original sleeves. The seamstress then took the dress in a tad so that it would fit me. It turned out perfectly!
Oh and just in case you were wondering, my dress cost me $210 including alterations and the petticoat that I bought for underneath.