Can this dress be altered?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I think you could make her mom’s dress strapless but you would need to add structure to it to keep it up. I would probably just make the straps thinner by removing the cap sleeve. Also you can make the dress more of a straight waist by removing the lace that comes down in a V. You could then add a sparkly belt at the waist to give it some sparkle! Also simmilar to the store dress just reversing where the sparkle is. Her mom’s dress is beautiful!! She shoudl def wear it!!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  stargurl101.
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

It could look a lot like this pronovias with a little alterations.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

There’s soooo much potential here!  If she wants the champange color, she’ll need to have a plain satin champagne strapless dress made.  Then take the lace from her mom’s bodice and have it appliqued onto the champagne dress.  Then add soft flowy tulle to the waistline and skirt.  She could potentially turn her mom’s dress into something very similar to the one from the store.  If she can live without the champagne color, then it would be even easier.  To convert the mom’s dress to strapless, yes, structure will need to be added to the inside. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think a good seamstress could definitely rework mom’s dress to look like the one she tried on. It could turn out quite beautiful.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If OP is wanting to wear her moms dress for sentimetal reasons, then yes there are things that can be done to the dress, if its for money issuses, well, I dont think she would be saving all that much between the new dress and the cost of alterations to her moms dress.Since the new dress is a Davids bridal dress valued at 400.00. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

She can be reworked, but it’s not a simple alteration. The straps are there because the dress doesn’t have any support in the bodice. The best option would probably be to remove all the lace and create a new champagne strapless dress and add the lace to the bodice. If she’s not totally attached to the champagne color, she could probably keep the skirt and just replace the top layer.

Being realistic, it’s not an alteration,  it’s a full rework. So it’s not going to be cheap.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Post pictures of what she decides!  I think that her mother’s dress could definitely be worked into something more like the store dress.  A soft tulle belt can be added, which would help cinch the waist more smoothly and not give that “puffy” look that the skirt has.   The picture an earlier posted seems very feasible with the top of the dress.  I doubt it could be made strapless, but the straps could be thinned, and the neckline lowered to make it more modern.  I would be so excited to have a dress like that that could be altered into something I loved!  Unfortunately, my mother doesn’t have a dress, and my future MIL’s dress is completely yellow and falling apart.

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