Post # 1
I have a great Alterations lady, but I’m not going to be seeing her for a couple months, so I thought maybe you Bee’s could answer some of these questions 🙂
This is my dress, I put some lines on the photos, lol, to give you an idea of the new shape I want it to have. I hope its at least semi-clear as to what I want 🙂
I’d say that I’d want about 9″-10″ cut off the bottom of the dress, and I’d also like it slimmed down so it doesn’t flare out (almost) at all. Can both of these things be done without “ruining” the dress?
I also need to dress taken in about a size or two in the waist/bust.
How much (would you guess) that this will cost?
Also, how much in advance do I need to start the Alterations process, the wedding is Dec. 28th, and my Mom suggested to drop it off around August?
Thank you bee’s!
ETA: Here’s a closer photo of the dress so you can see the material its made of
Post # 3
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
@Stephville: I think so. Removing crinoline and taking in the sides should do the trick.
Post # 5
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 # 6
@idoalterations: Ok perfect, I was honestly expecting you bees to tell me it would be like $500 to do these alterations, I’m pretty much cool with anything less then $500, because I got the dress on sale, so I don’t mind spending extra to make it work.
@MsGinkgo: I hope so *fingers crossed* 🙂
@BeeNumberBea: I think there is crinoline in the dress.. I guess the only way I’ll know what can be done is if I take it to my alterations lady. All I know is I just dont like the “poofieness” of the dress on me.. I want it to look more sleek.
Post # 7
@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.
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Post # 9
@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”.