Post # 1
I just came back from a bridal store and was in love with the Maggie Soretto Nadia dress:
However, I’m not a fan of the neckline, and plan to have it changed to a sweetheart one. I am also not a fan of the corset back, and plan to change it to a zipper with buttons. Because of this change, I’ll have to order it two sizes bigger in order to add the zipper in. Have any of you ladies done this, and is it risky to order two sizes up?
Post # 2
I did not have to do that, but, from everything I have read, it is fairly easy to alter a wedding gown by two sizes. More than that may prove to be difficult, however.
Post # 3
joymond: I think it could be done – a few Bees on here have done it.
My concern is that it would be quite expensive to do. Would it not be easier to find a dress that has all of your requirements?
Post # 4
clairebbbear: It’s true, the cost of the alterations are at least half of my dress. I have looked far and below and haven’t found one that I loved, until I saw this dress. I was ready to end the search too…perhaps I should continue with it?
Post # 5
joymond: I would continue…you could even raise your budget since you would be paying 50% more if you altered this one.
This actually reminded me of my BFF’s dress. She changed the sash to a sparkly one. You could get it to be a bit more full with a crinoline. She got it as a sample for $800
Post # 6
joymond: Here are a couple of possibilities:
The other possibility is Casablanca. Their dresses are customisable when you order them, so you could have a sweetheart neckline or button back added to a dress in the right size, rather than one two sizes larger.
Post # 7
clairebbbear: Thanks!! They do have the sweetheart neckline I am looking for! I think the boutique I’m going to tomorrow carries Allure, will definitely check to see if they have that dress 🙂
Post # 8
joymond: I don’t know if the bust would look good being taken down 2 sizes – would they have to put in many darts (a bit like a seam) ? That’s something that might influence your decision.
I’d definitely get more of a sweetheart neckline but changing the corset-style to buttons might not be worth it. Maybe you could find a similar dress, if you ask other Bees if there’s a similar one that has a zipper back?
Post # 9
joymond: I’m not sure if you bought a dress yet, but this showed up in my “related topics”. I am changing my dress from a corset back to either buttons or zipper w/ buttons. I bought it off the rack two sizes too big and had originally wanted buttons anyway. I went to multiple different seamstresses to see who could do all of my alterations (adding sleeves and beading too). All 4 of them quoted $100 for the back closure change and all of them said it’d be a very simple fix. The switch will take care of 90% of the sizing issues too.