Before and After Dress Style Alterations?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Make the following changes:
    Cap sleeve to tank sleeve : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Lower underlay to be a full illusion back : (9 votes)
    31 %
    Add crystals to bottom lace : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Dye underlay darker to offset the white lace pattern : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Leave it alone - it's already fantastic! : (6 votes)
    21 %
    Keep shopping (if you select this, please post a suggested dress to check out) : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    426 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    The only thing I’m worried about is the dyeing.  But everything else I say go for it!

    Post # 4
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I will be! I’m changing my neckline to sweetheart, adding some rhinestone trim to the neckline, taking off this awful belt that came sewn onto the dress, replacing it with a sash off eBay, and putting a rhinestone appliqué I got off etsy onto the sash. And the dress didn’t come with cups sewn in or the back elastic band thing, so I need to add those too. AND I’m using a hoop skirt to make the A-line more of a ball gown 🙂 I don’t want to post the pictures I have right now (they’re awful lol) but I’ll definitely post before and after once it’s all done!!

    Post # 5
    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013



    This is my gown before alterations and this is after



    I added lace straps/keyhole back and took it in more at the hips and thighs as well as lowering the back by a couple inches.  Everything you mentioned is doable although I don’t know if I would dye it.  That can be so risky and it is already so beautiful.  Good luck! 

    ETA: I think it is totally reasonable to alter the gown and make it right for you.  A decent seamstress shouldn’t charge an arm and a leg for those changes (except maybe dying it) and you will have the custom gown of your dreams.

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