Should I alter this dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I make this dress strapless?
    Yes, I think it could be made less revealing : (4 votes)
    14 %
    Yes, but you might have to accept the cleavage : (4 votes)
    14 %
    No, it would look trashy : (16 votes)
    55 %
    Other, because there always has to be an "other" : (5 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @fuzzyslipper   I had a similar question when I was looking at dresses.  I am not a seamstress by any means, but based on what they told me I think it is quite possible that the dress wouldn’t stay up if it didn’t have some sort of straps.  All the people I spoke to said strapless dresses are designed differently to stay up (boning, etc.).  It is very easy to add straps, but way more difficult to remove them, especially if the dress isn’t designed to be strapless.  As far as being revealing, it would be a lot of skin, but I don’t think it would look bad.  If you really love the dress, I would ask if you could show the dress to a seamstress for opinions prior to purchasing it.  In my opinion though, making all these potential changes would add up quickly.  I don’t know what price you are getting, but it may be better to try to find a dress that fits more of what you are looking for.  Regardless, I hope you get the dress of your dreams 🙂

    Post # 4
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    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would take it to a seamstress before you bought it if possible. Those types of dresses showed a lottttt of cleavage on me. I can’t imagine it being any better with no straps…

    Post # 5
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    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    That dress is beautiful!  I definitely agree with @mrswootz though, it might be harder to fix the dress to be strapless.  If you do want to buy the dress, I would recommend calling a seamstress and explaining the situation and getting a quote.  Things add up very quickly, and if you want to change a lot for the dress, you might just be better off spending the extra money to get the dress you want.  Or you can minimize the changes to the dress but maybe talk to the seamstress about creating a one of a kind veil to go with the dress (my seamstress is going to do this) and you can customize that to add some bling?

    Post # 6
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @fuzzyslipper:  Maggie dresses are like $1200-$1800, so unless you’re paying less than $300-500, I’m questioning how much of a deal you’re getting! And if you spend more than a few hundred dollars in alterations, you might as well get a new dress!

    I would keep looking! And if you don’t find something better by December, then get your friend’s dress.

    Post # 8
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    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @fuzzyslipper:  If the straps are lace, then the bodice is most likely built to support the bust without the halter.  I would suspect that a Maggie Sottero would have lots of built in support.  I worked at a bridal store, and many of the dresses with lace halters were altered to strapless.  You could also have a waist stay or a bra sewn into the dress.  Also, how tall are you?  If you need to have a significant amount taken off the bottom, I’m sure you could gain enough fabric to create a modesty panel, or, have the seamstress create a panel with beading that blends with the original beading on the bust.

    That said, if you’re not all about the dress, I would take this option, and spend the money elsewhere.  If you’re very wrapped up in your dress and the aesthetic, then I would pass and get what you want.  Laughing

    Post # 9
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    8282 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Where was that dress when I was looking?! I LOVE halter tops and that dress is gorgeous. I wouldn’t change a thing, so I’m no help. 

    Post # 10
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    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Rubbs:  I agree, I love halterneck dresses… they are just so different.

    Mines also a Maggie halterneck but not this one. I think that if you removed the strap then you would need to add some more material to the cleavage area but in my opinion you should just get a dress that you want and love in the style that you want… you only get one wedding dress! minor alterations are fine in my opinion but you are basically wanting to change the overall look and style of this dress and turn a unique halterneck dress into just another strapless dress…. and there are tonnes of them about

    This dress plus the alterations you would want would not save you much at all… i also think thaty this dress needs the halterneck with that neckline to make it special otherwise it would be quite plain.

    Post # 11
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    3787 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @fuzzyslipper:  Ok 2 things.

    1. I personally think the dress is too low cut for my taste (err.. wedding dress tastes) as is. I don’t see how removing the halter to a sweetheart would change that. 

    2. BUT! I can also tell you that Maggie dresses are not actually “lace” per se. They are lace applicees that are sewn onto the toule of the dress. This is largely for alteration purposes. For example, my seamstress took 7 inches off my dress. This meant that she had to take off all the applicees and sew them back on higher up by hand so that my dress still had all the pretty details at the bottom. I’m pretty sure that you can contact the company and actually order more of those applicees if you wanted to add them to the bottom of the dress. 

    Hope that helps!

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