Post # 1
I think I might have found "the dress"! I was shopping in Haight Ashbury and found a gorgeous 1950’s wedding dress at a vintage shop. It fits well overall but needs a little love from the seamstress. The zipper on the back is pretty shot out so it will need to be replaced but I’m thinking I might like a corset back to give my waist more definition. The top of the dress is also not very flattering on me and I might want to change I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of the whole dress, but in the picture attached you can see that there is very intricate pleating. I guess my question is, is it difficult to make adjustments to fabric that has been pleated? I don’t want to buy the dress only to find that its design makes it hard to tailor.
Post # 3
hmm i don’t know. i would take the pic to a seamstress, i think we have a few on the board as well now. i believe the trouble will come with matching the pattern if you needed extra fabric or length. i think you should be fine with removing some to create a corset or alter the top etc. in that case, you may be able to use the extra fabric that was cut to replace fabric elsewhere. i would be concerned if you needed extra fabric which it doesn’t sound like you do,
Post # 4
It’s very hard to make a decision on whether or not the dress would be difficult to tailor without seeing the whole thing. Just viewing a swatch of fabric does not give much information, especially if you can’t see how it’s used for the rest of the dress.
Also, from your picture, that looks like pintucks, not pleating; pintucks would be easier to work with. But again, I can’t tell much.
Post # 5
yeah, looks like pintucks.
when you say alterations do you mean take it in a little here, raise the hem a little there, dip the neckline half an inch lower… or are you talking completely overhauling this dress, ripping out every seam and practically starting over?
If it’s the former, I’d say it shouldn’t be much of a problem (but do get your actual seamstress’s opinion); if it’s the latter it’s really hard to say (esp. without seeing it).
Post # 6
Thanks for your advice with the limited information ladies–I really appreciate it.
For alterations, I was thinking taking out the zipper back and putting in a lace up back, pulling up the skirt a little, and redesigning the neck area to make it more flattering on me. It shows a little too much skin for my liking so I was thinking of adding some lace to it but I think it would be difficult to find lace that matched the lace that is currently on the dress because the dress is so old. The dress is $300 but I think alterations can get pretty costly. I actually consulted with Dolly Couture and they can make a custom dress to my liking for $695 so I might go that route instead.
Post # 7
@creme_de_violet: of they have to remove fabric from the skirt and back can they put it around the bustline to make it more flattering for you? also have you considered perhaps wearing a bolero to make yourself feel more comfortable?