Buying a dress and planning on changing how it looks

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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16 posts
Newbee

I really wanted a sweetheart neckline as well. The dress I ended up buying has just a slight dip, but the rest of the dress i love.

I bought it on sale off the rack and took it to my alterationist. She said she could make the alterations (sweetheart neckline, shorten, bustle, and make it more of a mermaid than an A-line) for $450 so I’m super excited to get it done!

Post # 4
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2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

I did this! But I am changing a lot more than a neckline. The dress I bought was a sweetheart, but it had tulle “straps” which I am removing, and right now it is a poofy ballgown- I am adding lace to the top part and will be using some of it to hug in the skirt around my hips, where it will then flare out. It’s a long project, because I am sewing the lace on by hand.

I have shown a picture of the “before” to one of my bridesmaids, and the real thing to my mom and sister (they are helping me with alterations), but i don’t want to show it to too many people, because I want it to be a surprise (even though it will look different on the day of).

Post # 5
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did! 

I bought a dress that needed added poof to the natural waistline, buttons added, the top material “restructured” to look different and the belt it came with needed to go! I had the same problem as you, all of the pictures of me in the sample dresses were dissappointing, even though I could visualize the finished product in my head!

I would recommend getting the major alterations done early so you have time to make sure it turns out the way you want, but not so early that you might change size (lot’s of people gain/lose weight closer to their wedding).

Good luck!

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