(Closed) Altering DB Dress? Maybe…yes…I dunno….*sigh*

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A tailor should be able to nix the straps for you. Have you tried looking on Etsy to see if they have any dresses in your budget?

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

that doesn’t sound like so many alterations to me! The strap would be very simple to remove; depending on how deep of a sweetheart you want, and whether you want it ‘smooth’ or ruched, that would be easy too since it’s already almost a sweetheart, and a belt/sash is easy to add to any dress!

Post # 5
41 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

Sounds like simple things that can be done! The dress is pretty now, so just do what you feel suits you! Just make sure your alterations don’t end up costing more than it would to just look for another dress a little outside your budget you like better! 

Post # 6
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I totally agree with previous posters.  I looked at that dress when I was shopping and considered it because it seems to be very figure flattering!  Losing the strap would be no big deal, and like others have said, it’s just a matter of making the sweetheart “deeper”… and it’s nice and simple so you could embellish to your heart’s desire!  I say go for it, personally.

You could buy ribbon yourself (I bought ribbon on ebay, double faced satin, same as DB’s satin ribbon sash but less than 1/3 the price!) and add a brooch or flower, or buy one on Etsy:






Post # 7
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What is your price range? Demetrios has some dresses closer to what you are describing, and they are reasonably priced.

Post # 8
1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t believe in “the ultimate dress” so it’s not a red flag to me if you want to alter those things, especially because they’re pretty minor. It’d be a different story if you were attempting to let it out 2 sizes or change its shape. 

I think that part of finding the dress is making it yours via exactly the same sorts of customizations that you’re thinking of. So bedazzle away 🙂

Post # 9
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Since you say that you “kinda” like this dress, I think you should keep looking.  You should love your dress.

If you do decide on it (great price!), I would like it a lot better without the strap and with a sash.  If you DIY the sash as MisInterpret suggests, I think you’ll have a great look.

Don’t forget to check out bridalsense, preownedweddingdresses, bravobride, recycledbride, etc.  You may be able to score a brand new dress because someone changed their mind.

Post # 10
1129 posts
Bumble bee

As far as the other comments about price range, I don’t know anywhere that carries anything this inexpensive.  This dress is only $219.  That is INSANE!

On that dress, all of the things mentioned can be accomplished with an experienced seamstress.  My dress is shown here http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Draped-Satin-Bodice-with-Beaded-Embroidered-Detail-8CT314 and was altered into a sweetheart from a completely straight across neckline because it is ruched and not a smooth sweetheart. David’s told me it couldn’t be done.  Yeah right!

The best advice I can give you is to use someone private and NOT TO USE DAVID’S BRIDAL. Their alterations can be very overpriced and for this type of customization, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Begin by calling some of the higher end bridal places in your area and ask who they use for their alterations (provided they aren’t in house.)    

Best of luck – I love the dress! 🙂

Post # 11
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I just wanted to agree with @JennyW1:  about “making it yours”.  When I found my dress I was OVER THE MOON excited, but I still envisioned it with multiple changes that would make it truly become my dream dress.  I never found anything, in all my shopping, that was perfect AS IS.  Well maybe if I’d had a budget 5 or 10 times what mine was, but that’s not realistic. 

I love the idea of taking something that is great and making it awesome and putting my own “stamp” on it that says “ME!!”… you could totally do that with this dress. 🙂

Post # 12
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

davids bridal is really picky and costly with their alterations…they are not “allowed” to change the shape of the dress…so they will tell you that they cant….but it certainly can be done by someone else.  This dress is so pretty, and just imagining it with ur additions/removals brings a smile to my face…

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