Post # 1
Ok, so I took my dress to the tailor because it needed to be shorten (by 2 inches). It cost $45 which wasn’t bad. My dress is a heavy silk dress and it has silk buttons on the back but it only goes to the wasit. I thought it would be cool to extend the buttons down to the full length of the dress. I personally love my dress but feels is a little plain so I was thinking of inexpensive ways to jazz it up. So I plan on adding a black sash and some jewelry but then I found some satin buttons online. I thought, if these buttons match my current buttons on my dress then I will have the tailor add them on. So to make a long story short, they are a perfect match. But now the tailor is charging my $1.25 per button to extend the buttons out to the bottom of the dress. According to the tailor, I bought 91 buttons but my dress will only need 80 to extend. Which of course is over $100 just to extend the button. Now, I am still with in my wedding dress budget because I bought my dress preown. But $100 for buttons? I told the tailor let me think about it because I may just do it myself. He didn’t say, oh no you can’t this is really hard. He just said, “ok, now anyone can sow on buttons but you will need to take your time to make sure it’s right”.
Call Me Crazy but I can sow on buttons. Do you think this is an impossible DIY? Please help
Here is a back pic of my dress, so just picture adding 80 more buttons onto the dress.
Post # 3
I dont think its a good idea to do it yourself. ou can add a floral sash like this
Post # 4
I think you can do it yourself, just be careful (as you said) to keep them centered. I’m adding buttons to mine as well (just along the zipper). I’d like to do it myself, but I’m not going to because I’m having the seamstress add loops as well, which I don’t know how to do.
Post # 5
You can probably do it…why would you do that to yourself?
If you have an extra 6 hours to sew on buttons, aren’t there other things you could do with that 6 hours that would help you out more? The way I see it is, you shouldn’t value your own time at less than the tailor’s time (for a simple thing like buttons in a straight line). Do you have to or you’ll feel like you wasted money on the buttons?
If it’s really important to you go ahead. But if it were me I’d leave it as is.
Post # 6
I would just go with a professional in this case, wouldn’t want the line of buttons being crooked.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for the help. I guess I am crazy for considering doing it myself or even changing it.
Post # 8
@bells: This is cute, where is this from?
Post # 9
you CAN do it yourself, but honestly, if you have the money, just let the tailor do it. you want to make sure they’re all on there evenly, which will require marking the dress, which will require a special pen, etc. plus, the more you handle the dress, the dirtier it’ll get, and if the tailor gets it dirty like that, he’ll probably have it cleaned. not to mention it’ll take FOREVER to do and you’ll be so sick of it by the time you’re done. (this is from someone who made her entire dress herself for her first wedding.) just let the tailor do it, and save yourself the headache.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
I think you could, but personally I would pay $100 to not do it. Sewing 80 identical buttons in a straight line is pretty tedious.
Post # 11
@jeangenie: Thanks, I am still torn on what to do. The poll is 50/50 on doing it myself or having it done by tailor.
Post # 12
You’ve probably already solved this problem, but in case you haven’t, or someone else has a similar question, buttons are super simple, just lots of time. The charge for buttons isn’t like for having the sides taken in. You’re not paying for knowledge that other people don’t have – you’re paying for time and patience that you may not want to spend. If you want to mark out 1/2 ” or 2 cm increments down the center back seam of your dress, you can use pins, so that you don’t have to have a special pen. I prefer to mark one button at at time, so that the width of the button shank is taken into account. For example, from the bottom edge of the last existing button, i measure 2 cm, place a button, then measure 2 cm from the bottom of THAT button shank, which takes up a couple millimeters. You could also just include those extra milimeters in each increment if you want to place all your pins at once.
Note: I suggest tying off (knotting) every few buttons, so that if one comes loose, they don’t all come off.
Other Note: When you’re transitioning from a zipper to a center seam, the last button at the bottom of the zipper will need to shift over slightly, since the zipper is slightly off center. Spread this transition over a couple buttons, so its not a noticeable change.