- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Hey fellow Bees! Do any of you have experience altering lace, particularly lace that has been cut into a pattern already?
When I tried my dress on, everything fit but the bust (in fact the hips were already a little loose). At the time, I was still carrying a few extra holiday pounds and knew that I wanted to lose a few more in addition to that for the wedding. But they encouraged me to order a size up for my bust measurements, and I relented, after they assured me it could be altered even if I lost a ton of weight (ha, unlikely!). Even at the time of ordering, though, the size up was 3 inches too big for my hips (and that’s according to their chart, whereas I actually think I’d prefer this dress a little tighter on the hips than it’s designed to be). And it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that disparity could go up an inch or two with weight loss.
I know seamstresses can work magic, and I didn’t want to put undue pressure on myself (should I end up getting stressed and not losing weight), so I thought I was fine with it. But it only just now occurred to me the the specific lace pattern over the hips seems almost impossible to take in without compromising the flow of the rising and falling of its hem (if that makes sense!). Plus, the only seam on the lace is in the back at the zipper, so I don’t know how they could take that much material from one spot without it pulling elsewhere. My main concern, though, is really the spacing matching up once the material is removed and not jamming together the two “crests” of the lace hem. Has anyone had any similar alterations and how did they turn out?? I’m freaking out over here!!
P.S. Sorry if that got long and rambly!