Post # 1
Hi everyone! This is my first post after months of lurking since I got engaged. I’ve spent a long time figuring out what dress I want to wear, and brought my choice down to these things: lace, ballgown shillouette, sweetheart neckline, and sleeves/coverage (ceremony is religious). I found these things in the likes of Justin Alexander’s 9552 and Sophia Tolli’s Fabiana which come with long-sleeve jackets, but the Justin is out of my price range and the Sophia isn’t as elaborate as I would have liked. Enter Casablanca 2017 with a jacket (see below):
When I tried this dress on, I know it was the perfect shape for me, other than needing the neckline modified to a sweetheart. What really sold it for me was when I tried it on with a turtleneck lace jacket that does up at the back, making it very similar in style to the JA dress. However, I was super disappointed to find out that the jacket has been discontinued and the dresses that come with those jackets can’t be ordered with the jackets seperate. I didn’t want to buy the sample jacket from the store because I want to get my dress in ivory, not white.
So here are my questions about customizing a Casablanca dress:
1. I’ve heard that Casablanca will do modifications like a sweetheart neckline and a lace-up back, but would they make a jacket?
2. If they can’t make a jacket, would they send extra lace like what is used in the 2017 so that I can find a seamstress to make a jacket?
3. Should I trust a seamstress to make a jacket like this or would she not be able to pull it off? Would making a jacket like this be very time consuming and expensive? I’d go for another style bolero but most styles tend to show cleavage by opening at the front and I’d rather not do that during the ceremony. I don’t want to add sleeves to the dress because I’ll go strapless for the reception.
Any input at all would be greatly appreciated!!!
Post # 3
I ordered my Casablanca in a custom length and with a corset instead of zippered back. When we were discussing the changes, my bridal consultant mentioned that Casablanca is really good about custom changes. She said they’ll pretty much do anything. I think you should ask the bridal salon where you plan to order your dress to check with the designer and see if they’ll make you a jacket. If not, I would think they’d at least be able to sell you enough extra lace to have a seamstress make you a jacket. And as long as you have the matching lace and a clear picture of what you want, any reputable seamstress should be able to recreate it.
That dress is gorgeous on you! Good luck!
Post # 4
I would check with your salon, but my understanding is that Casablanca will do pretty much anything. They are really popular with LDS and conservative Jewish brides because they will make any of their dresses with long sleeves, so I would think that a lace jacket wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
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Post # 6
Casablanca will make a matching Jacket to any of their gowns, they are the best. Good luck
Post # 7
I’m buying this dress…and I am absolutly in love with it…I bought a long, chapel, lace veil to wear with it…I am getting it in a sweet heart neckline too…I just worry how it will look…I love the idea of the sleeves though…totally old hollywood…let me know how yours turns out…
Post # 8
Hi everyone, thanks for taking the time to respond. I thought I’d give you an update!
I went in a totally different direction and got Alcanar from Pronovias, which I am absolutely positive is THE DRESS for me!
I figured out a different way to get a decent amount of coverage. The saleswoman picked out a cathedral length veil with a 3-inch wide lace trim, and we’re going to gently pin the front of the veil to my dress so that the lace trim will cover my shoulders.
I wish I could show pictures but the bridal store where I purchased the dress didn’t allow photography 🙁 I think they will let me do it when my dress comes in February!