Post # 1
I finally picked up my dress last week… And I don’t like the way it looks. 🙁 When I ordered the dress, we (my mum and I) made the decision to modify the bust part of the dress because we felt like it was “missing” something. Here’s a pic of the original dress:
We tried it on with a crystal belt, and thought it was a great improvement, but obviously wouldnt work with the crystal beading under the bust. So we removed the under-bust beading and added the belt. However, what I didn’t realize was that there would be very obvious seams where the crystal beading was. So this is how the dress looked when I picked it up:
I think it looks awful and I went home and burst into tears. 🙁
What do you think I should do? Should I try and have it altered to take off the belt and add back on the beading under the bust? The skirt and waist is also a few sizes too big IMO. I was just really disappointed overall. I wish I had a picture of when I tried on the sample, but I deleted them from my camera to make sure FI wouldn’t see them.
Did anyone else experience major dress disappointment when they picked up their dress? What should I do?
Post # 3
Have you considered keeping the belt, but adding some beading under the bust as well to hide the seams?
Post # 4
@staceykate: your dress looks great and I don’t believe you need to do anything to the dress but if you feel you need to alter the seams at the bust a good seamstress should be able to help you out. Don’t cry the dress looks great. Just be happy you have 6 months to fthey he issue you are having with the dress!
Post # 5
I would try adding the beading back in and keep the belt. Can you have it altered to fit better. I agree it seems a little loose.
Post # 6
Honestly, I don’t think it looks as bad as you think it does. If you put it back the way it was would you be happy with it? It doesn’t sound like you loved it the original way either. Did you ask if it would be possible to remove those seams? I don’t know anything about alterations, but maybe it could be done
It is definitely loose. Look how the fabric collects by your hand in the photo. Way too much slack.
Post # 7
They can fix this, just be flexible. You can add fabric dress to cover the seams, like ruched satin or something. Or just put the beading back. The manufacturer should have warned you (or the shop) that the modification wasn’t do-able when the salon ordered it. Sorry you are going through this. I would be upset too but you do have plenty of time to fix it.
Post # 8
hmm, it’s obivous that the original design needed the beading to cover up the seams – it’s always hard to say what modifications can work and what can’t be done. A really good dressmaker could probably do some hand-piecing of the lace to cover the under-bust seams (provided that there’s a little bit excess lace material in the seam allowance) which would basically make the seams disappear altogether. Otherwise you need the beading back!
If you felt the original needed something more to it, why not replace the original beading AND add some beading around the neckline? maybe that would bling it up a bit more?
Post # 9
Thanks for the support all. I haven’t taken it to a dressmaker yet for alterations because I still have 6 months and I didn’t want to have it taken in too early, but maybe I should just take it to someone to get their opinion on what can be actually be done… I am very thankful that time is on my side for this!
This is a picture of the original back of the dress:
The under-bust beading looks like it finishes in the same place at the back that the belt does, or maybe just slightly higher. Do you think having 2 lines of beading at the back would look funny, especially if they aren’t perfectly matched?
As far as the sizing, I was kind of concerned when ordering the dress that it would be too big, since the size was 4-6 sizes bigger than my normal “street size”, but I trusted the consultants opinion on how the dresses run, since they only carry the one designer. Is this a common issue?? She did also say that there would be seams there under the bust, but that they shouldn’t be obvious. IMO they are very obvious and don’t look right at all.
@Spangles: What do you mean about beading around the neckline? Do you have any pictures for an example?
Post # 10
I guess I was thinking rather than a solid line of beading around the neck, asking them to use the same kind of beads in a kind of subtle scatter effect to take a discreet bling around the top of the dress which would connect in visually with the line of beading and give it a subtle extra wow factor. if they were the same type of beads it would tie in nicely
Post # 11
Honestly I think it looks great!
However, I’m curious to know if the seamstress pointed out that the lines would be showing prior to the alterations? That’s their job, to let you know both the pros and cons of any alteration before you give them the OK to do so.
Post # 12
@staceykate: have you thought about a different color beading to hide the seams- like in the same color as your dress? That way the silver won’t clash and you can’t see seams.
Post # 13
@MissFireFlower: I think it actually looks good. It gives your dress a more modern, structured look. Maybe a little couture. I think the dress will look beautiful once it gets altered to your body.
Post # 14
I think this entirely depends on how badly you want to keep the sash at your natural waist. I agree that puttting the beading back on and keeping the sash would not likely look right. You could buy heavier beading and forego the waist belt and put it over the seam or do what was suggested and try to match lace to cover the seam. Have you tried taking the belt you purchased and tacking it along the seam line? I think the thicker beading might work well. The other option unless you really want the bling is to get a belt that has silk flowers and attaching it over the seam line for a softer look. Try going on a website like the knot or bestbridalprices and selecting all their V neck dress otions. You will see all different vneck embelishments . Quite honestly I think this dress would look great with absolutely nothing on the seams or at the waist
Post # 15
I think you could add the beading onto the seams and expand it a little, so it almost looks like a belt (but under the bust).
Something like this, but shaped to fit your dress:
Post # 16
I would put the crystal beading back to where it was and add a belt with no cystals but one that would add some depth like this or similiar: