(Closed) Altering lace dress – questions

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1020 posts
Bumble bee

i know that for some lace dresses, the hem is sewn on to the skirt, meaning that any seamstress can take it off, cut the skirt to desire length, then sew the hem back on, but i’m not sure whether your dress has a “detachable” hem.

if you want to change the color of the underlay, it depends on how the dress is constructed, the seamstress might have to take apart the whole dress and change the underlay and it could be very expensive.

maybe post a photo of your dress?

Post # 4
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1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That sounds like a lot of alterations, they will probably cost you just as much as buying the dress new. Lengthening lace is probably impossible, unless you were to order more from the designer, but I still think it would be incredibly hard. Is it possible to find a similar dress? If you show us what it is, we might be able to find something for you.

Post # 5
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4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m with arenyth – the alterations will probably take you to the price range of the new dress, if it’s even possible! 

The hive is awesome though at finding similar dress for a lesser price… show us the dress and I bet we can help super quick! 

Post # 6
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2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

you can NOT lenghten the lace unless you have matching lace to go with the dress (which would cost to have it ordered), and even then it will look odd because the lace isnt continuous.

and yes you can switch the underlay but it really does sound like a LOT of work for that dress that probably wont really make it worth it.

lace is hard to alter as it is, and pretty expensive. my dress is latte satin underneath with white lace overlay, and my price quote for the bridal shop was over $700 for heming, bustle, and taking in of the bust. not including the sides that i wanted taken in.

i would consider finding a cheaper dress. or check out preowned wedding dress or oncewed.com

good luck!!!

Post # 8
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1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

malaika: If that’s the watters dress, I think I just found it on preowned, I’m guessing that’s the one that’s too short? 5’4″?

What about these:

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/9916/Jim-Hjelm-8763-Size-0.html

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/11039/Inspired-Gowns-Jim-Hjelm-Inspired-Lace-Dress-Size-8.html

There are more but theyre all over 2k, I’ll keep an eye out though!

Post # 9
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think you will be able to lengthen without the same lace. Call the manufacturer and see what they can do for you.

Post # 11
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

are you having any luck :)?

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