(Closed) Call me Crazy- DIY Simple Wedding Dress Alteration’s ?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: DIY wedding dress alteration- Call Me Crazy but...
    Yup, you can sure do this yourself- just take your time : (11 votes)
    39 %
    You are crazy, let the tailor do it : (13 votes)
    46 %
    You are even crazier because the dress is fine the way it is. : (4 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont think its a good idea to do it yourself. ou can add a floral sash like this

    Post # 4
    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    933 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would just go with a professional in this case, wouldn’t want the line of buttons being crooked.

    Post # 9
    1271 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    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
    2316 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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 # 12
    6 posts

    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.

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