Help...I can't decide! Sunshine and Shortcake wore these dresses for a wedding. The bride chose white for the flower girls with pink carnation wreaths on their heads and pink carnation bouquets so at the time I didn't really notice how WHITE they really were. I want to recycle them as Easter dresses but I am afraid they will look like First Communicants if I leave them all white. Here is what I am thinking and pleeeeaaase feel free to chime in.
1. I could at the very minimum, sew some colorful silk flowers to the decoration on the bottom of the bodice. Kind of like this.
2. There are also two layers of tulle that could be sewn together and sprinkled with silk petals similar to this dress.
3. I could remove the decoration from the bodice completely (it is sewn onto a piece of tulle that could be separated from the satin) and cover whatever holes the needle left with a wide colorful sash (similar to this dress). This would require removing the existing tie which I think would be fairly easy to do. It would mean opening the side seams a few inches, but I would probably do that anyway to remove the decoration.
4. Both 2 and 3 like this dress. Or 1 & 2 like this one.
5. The most complicated option to totally change the look (but would look pretty stunning in my opinion) would be to remove the underskirt and replace it with a different color satin. Now, the bodice and the skirt were serged separately and then sewn together so they should come apart easily. Then I would have to detach the lower half of the zipper, attach the layers of tulle to the new skirt and then reattach the zipper. Kind of like this dress only with white tulle on top of a colored skirt.
As I have said before, I am no master sewer, but I think I can do this. We actually have a third dress (wrong size, no returns!) that I could practice on. It is not as big of a job as some people have tackled. (Michelle, you are amazing!) The question is...which option(s) would look the best and, if you sew, any helpful hints? I really don't want these dresses to scream "recycled flower girl" although that wouldn't be as bad as Father thinking they are making their first communions when they aren't!