Post # 1
I posted something related to this dress earlier but this is a more specific question.
I am very much in love with this dress for our at-home casual reception we’re having this summer at a friend’s house.
I would have it shortened to tea length.
My issue is, the dress is no longer available online. Was originally from Nordstrom, then on Overstock.com, both are sold out/gone.
So I will have to buy it on the secondhand market. Hopefully I can hold out for one in my size but I can’t wait too long. Currently there is one I’ve found in a size 20. I have heard it runs true to size and I am closer to a 16. I am wondering, considering the cut of the dress, how expensive or difficult it will be to alter it down to fit me if I go ahead and buy the size 20?
I don’t know if I should wait it out some and keep searching for it in a 16 or just jump on the 20? The only other one I’ve found out there right now is an 8 and that isn’t going to happen.
Also, I am wondering how the dress will work support-wise for my bust? I am a 38DD. I am looking at the pics and can’t imagine what sort of bra would work, though the dress does have sewn-in cups. If anyone has other alteration suggestions regarding the fit I’d love to hear your ideas. I just don’t want to spend a ton though… this is NOT a “wedding” dress for me and I can’t go crazy with spending. I did, however, think that adding some fabric in back might work if I couldn’t find a bra that low…
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Post # 3
It might be possible to alter it down but it’s tough when you are going more than a few sizes down. As for shortening, it looks like it would be pretty easy since the pattern is the same across the entire dress.
Post # 4
Okay I just edited the original post to include the back view photo. I could have sworn I put that pic in the first time… I keep “losing” pics when I try and post something with more than one photo embedded. Weird.
Anyway, MissAsB: and anyone else, see what I mean about how low it is? I wonder how this affects its alter-ability.
Post # 5
I think the right seamstress/tailor could make this dress fit you and your vision. I have no clue on cost. BTW the dress is TOO CUTE!!!!!
Post # 6
@Thrakena: Thanks, I just love it too! Gorgeous. And affordable!
Post # 7
I don’t think it would really be a problem to alter it down to a size 16 from a 20. It’s only 2 sizes down which isn’t a big deal.
I would go ahead and get the dress and get it altered. I would also ask around to find out what the costs would be to alter it down.
Post # 8
I’m a seamstress in Ontario Canada and I would strongly caution you to take the photo to a seamstress and ask. First, it’s currently bridal season, so they may not even have time to do the alterations. Secondly, I would charge $100 to $150 to down size the dress…..rates can fluctuate depending on where you live. Basically, every seam needs to be altered down to reduce the dress size (otherwise the shape of the dress changes). And finally, because there is no back to the dress you are going to have a tough time holding in the “girls” SO you will need to be comfortable with stick ons holding up your bust as the dress (even with cups) will do very little with a large chest.
I hope this helped!
Post # 9
@Taurus_17: Yikes! That’s adding up to as much trouble (hell, more trouble!) than the original wedding dress was! 🙁 I’m sad now.
But since I have a big butt and wide hips, couldn’t they just take it in in the waist and bust? And not the hips?
Post # 10
@MsInterpret: Yes, they will only take in what’s needed BUT you still need to adjust each seam (or a good dressmaker SHOULD to keep the shape) at the waist, which is where the work comes in. Honestly, I’d be much more concerned about how you are going to keep your bust in place. Can you go to a salon and try on other backless dresses just to see if it’s workable with your bust size?
Secondly, have you considered getting the dress made? It’s not very complicated and if you are ok with less expensive fabrics (you will not notice the difference) it may cost the same as the dress plus alterations and fit you much better. A local seamstress (verses a store setting) would give you a better price.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t do it. I had a dress altered for me to wear to my daughter’s wedding that was 2 sizes too big even tho it was ordered according to the size chart. It was also a halter and I have a larger bust size as well. She suggested I buy a specific low cut/low back bra and gave me the name and style number to get. Once she took in the waist, the bustline was all wonky and way too revealing. If she tried to alter it for more coverage, it smashed me flat. I ended up not being able to wear the dress at all after all the alterations.
I’d have one custom made too. This way it would fit you exactly and save you some grief!
Post # 12
Thanks y’all. I always fall in love with something IMPOSSIBLE! My wife being the exception. 😉
I will keep looking. If I have one made I will NOT have a halter. 😉 I have worn halter tops and dresses successfully before but those had higher backs that allowed me to wear a normal strapless bra.
I have searched “lace dress” until my eyeballs bled and this was the first in a while that I REALLY liked the looks of. Everything is so SHORT these days. Or just so modern (whereas I prefer vintage/old fashioned) Wow, does that make me sound like an old lady? Well so be it. I don’t have any kind of moral issue with short… short just makes me feel insecure, like I am always on the verge of showing the world my undies. Funny how it didn’t bother me in high school, lol.
The only thing I thought MIGHT work for this one was IF I find it in my size, having lace added to the back to raise the back so I can wear a strapless with it.. ?
I can check into having something made but figured the lace cost would be high. This dress in a 20 is $125 but when I have seen others (none my size of course) I have seen it go from $20 to $50 out there on the internet resale sites, ebay, etc.