has anyone had serious dress alterations turn out well?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I sort of did what you want to do (but with a different silhouette). However, I didn’t buy two different dresses and then mesh them. I wanted to get this one Casablanca dress, but it was the opposite of the silhouette I was looking for. I wanted a ballgown/a-line and the Casablanca that I wanted was a fit and flare. The dress shop owner told me that Casablanca does custom work on any gown that you order so I found another Casablanca dress in store that was a full a-line shape and we put in for my Casablanca to come with the skirt of the other, but of course all in the same fabric as the original. Once that was in I also did some other alterations to the dress, like the neckline was too low so the seamstress in the bridal shop shortened my sleeves and used that to blend into the neckline. They were advising me against it but in the end they pulled it off and it looked like it had come that way! So what you want is definitely be possible but you either need to find a designer who will customize their dresses and mix and match skirts and bodices from their different dresses, or take that mock up to an independent seamstress. 

Post # 8
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355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I did. Mine was origonally a zip up and all over pick ups. 

The left is the origonal. The right is how it turnedout. 

THought I do perfer the zip up back, my weight kept changing so I changed it into a corset back and kept the ribben showing in a bow instead of tucking it in my dress .I took down all the pickups because, I find them ugly. I also added buttons as far as the lace goes. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

@tigerlily1186:  Would you happen to have pics of yourself in the first one (maggie sottero marianne)? I have a friend who is looking for photos of the dress on a real person.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I bought THIS pronovias dress and have had the neckline slightly lowered (I’d still consider it a boatneck) and the back almost completely removed and it came out AMAZING. They also made the most kick ass bustle I’ve ever seen with all that tulle. I’ll post pics when I can! Not quite as serious as what you’re thinking, but proof that a good seamstress can do amazing things 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

There’s another bee on here, I think her name is SofieKitty,that I’m pretty sure made some significant alterations to the silhouette of her dress. I’m not sure what the bottom of the Justin Alexander already looks like to know if the alterations you’re looking for are do-able… but I think her dress was an A line and she had it altered to more of a mermaid

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@inukoro1177:  I am having a corset added to the back of my dress for that exact same reason.  I just left it at the shop the other day to be altered and I’ve been really nervous.  Seeing how amazing yours came out with a corset back makes me feel a lot better! It looks fantastic!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

@tigerlily1186:  sorry, I was refering to the links I posted of dresses. I thought in a previous you reply you said you had tried them on.

 

Post # 15
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355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@DanielleElizabeth:  

Well I’m glad my dress brought someone securtiy about theirs!!! yay!

It really did come out better then I though! Tears for nothing lol!

Post # 17
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@inukoro1177:  the zipper caused a long disruption in the flow of the dress shape and the corset back totally corrected it and made it perfect. Yay! 🙂

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