Post # 1
I’ve been to 2 seamstress’ so far…After the first one i left crying…I bought a Maggie Sottero Quinlynn size 10 standard length which needs to be taken in and hemmed. She only offered to hem the length then when i said it looked too big around my hips (its a mermaid gown) she said “well its not supposed to be painted on”. Went on to say it was too much work and would cost me 350 in alterations AND that she had too much work to do it so she turned me down. I left crying because of all the comments she made about how the dress was not made for my body because i’m 5’3″ and that i should of ordered it 5 inches shorter and on and on and on.
Then I went to a alterations shop around the corner that said they could do it all for 235 and said no problem to everything I requested but they are saying they want to take out the boning on the sides and the chest area because its not strapless. The boob area feels hard and doesnt shape well so thats why they said we’ll take out the boning but that seems pretty extreme. Any thoughts/experience with this???
Help please, my wedding is in 7 weeks and I’m worried I picked the wrong dress or that it wont be altered right….
Post # 3
I had Maggie’s Bernadette, which also had boning in the chest, although this boning went right down the center of each cup. But, I did have it removed and I thought it made the dress look much better and allowed my seastress to fit me better up top. I know quite a few brides with Bernadetter removed the boning. Of course these are two different dresses, but sounds like a similar idea.
Post # 4
@Aggie10: Thanks! Did they also take out the boning on the sides? Did the cup area look like mine?
Post # 5
The cup area looked a lot like yours. I think she only took out the boning that is going down the center of the cups, but I can’t say for sure
Also, I didn’t see the pics of your dress the first time I posted; it’s soooo beautiful!
Post # 6
Mermaid dresses are not recommended for shorter brides, but they can work with smaller mermaid train 🙂
Your dress appears more to be a trumpet gown than mermaid (mermaid’s skirt & train would start about at the knee level). Your skirt appears to start higher than the original dress listed on Maggie Sottero’s website. So you should look great in this dress after the alteration is done! 🙂
I think you should let the 2nd alteration shop give it a shot and it sounds like they know what they are doing. Also the fee they mentioned sounds about right. I would stay away from the first shop – she probably doesn’t have the experience/skill in hemming such a large amount off the bottom and afraid of ruining your dress.
Post # 7
I am a Quinlynn Bride too! I just had my first alteration fitting 2 weeks ago. I am 5’7 and don’t need to have it hemmed with my heels on so I can’t comment on what they said about that. However being shorter should not eliminate you from wearing any dress you want, a professional can make it work!
They ARE taking the boning out of my dress. It made the breast area look pointy, like an old Madonna music video
They are sewing in two cups for each breast ( I am an A cup so I need the extra padding )
The seamstress gave me NO issues with being able to alter the dress so its best you went to the second person.
Best of luck…obviously I think it is an amazing dress, when I wore it I was in major love! And I can’t wait for the big day where I can wear it all day!
Oh! This might help, I’m wearing a petticoat type slip underneath to give it more of a mermaid effect. That might help take some of the length from the bottom because it has a bigger poof to go over if that makes sense.
Post # 8
First, this dress is stunning and you are going to look great in it no matter what! I too had this dress and left my fitting in tears because of the issue with the boning. It looked very Madonna circa early 90’s. I was not happy at all! My seamstress suggested to take the boning out, but seemed apprehensive about the extent of work that was. I decided not to chance it and keep it in. She took the top in more on the sides and added double cups in it to fill me in (Im a B cup). It turned out great and actually gave me a great shape and support the day of. Either way you choose, it will look great and the dress will be amazing on you. Best of luck!