Alterations: Can This Be Done? Help a total newbie =)

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yeah, I think this can be done.  It looks like there may be some crenoline under the dress to make it poof out, and that will need to be removed.  I have no idea about alterations prices in Toronto but I’d imagine it’ll be a bit expensive since your dress has all these 3-D embellishments all over it.  I just mean I don’t think you’ll get off easy just because it’s not a typical wedding dress.  Maybe $100-$200?  And the timeline sounds good.  August should be early enough.

Post # 4
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9907 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Stephville:  I think so.  Removing crinoline and taking in the sides should do the trick.

Post # 5
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t think shortening it will be a problem, but actually changing the silhouette could be tricky depending on how you want it done. You could *just* have some of the crinoline removed, in which case the dress would pleat a bit, but it would still have a slimmer, more A-line silhouette, and you wouldn’t have to worry about any of the adornments. The second way would be to remove some of the crinoline and take it in. Since the dress is lace and has so much embelishment, that could be complicated and expensive. The seamstress will likely have to remove at least some of the embelishments (beads, leafs, etc), reconstruct the dress, and then put them back on. I would definitely talk to her about your options before you get your heart set on anything. 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Stephville:  Yes, the dress can be altered to give it a narrower profile.

Your seamstress may start by removing some of the crinoline, but as a pp siad, that will cause the dress to fall in rounded plets.

It can easily be taken in on the side seams. She will have to remove some of the embellishments as sewing over them would add bulk to the seams. They can be replaced afterwards to blend in with the others.

Post # 9
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Stephville: I am not a fan of poof either. I think if you just want a slimmer profile, you may okay just having some of the crinoline removed. Google “circle skirt” and you’ll get an idea of what @Jules1949 and I mean about how it will fall into “pleats”. 

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