Post # 1
So I have a beauty of a dress (Allure 2701… trust me a million times better in person than on the website). But little things need to be altered- length and the bust mostly. I have a few concerns and after reading so many alterations horror stories I’m terrified of taking my dress to the wrong seamstress. Can anyone give advice on my admittedly neurotic issues??
1) There is lace that circles the hem and appliques that fall down over the waist. This means that to alter the length either the lace on the bottom will need to be removed and reapplied or the appliques will need to be lifted and then put back down. None of this sounds easy and I feel like it could mess with the integrity of the dress (more stitching? seams?) anyone had this done?
2) The bust is pretty structured (one of the things I like about the dress) but does need to be taken in a bit… will this ruin the appliques or the way the dress sits on my body?
3) I’m relatively short (5′ 4″) and my fiance is tall (6′ 3″) I bought this AMAZING pair of sparkly heels, but they are 5 inches tall. And while I can rock heels with the best of them I’m not going to wear them through the entire reception. Obviously the dress needs to be altered to fit me + 5 inches but what about when I take them off? The bustle in the back should help with the length there but has anyone every seen/done a front bustle? Otherwise I’ll have 5 extra inches of dress in the front and that screams DISASTER to me.
4) How do you let go and trust some random seamstress to fix your dress correctly? It really is the only part of the wedding I’m stressed about!
ALL advice is appreciated!
(Pics off Allure website)
Post # 2
My dress was all lace too and had to be hemmed. My seamstress did what you mentioned, removed the bottom hem completely, cut length, and then reapplied it. That was the most expensive part of my alterations.
I went to someone who my bff used for her wedding dress, so that helped ease my mind a lot. Do you have any friends who can refer you to someone? Yelp is always a good place to start too!
Post # 3
I would definitely check around and see who friends/family have gone to for alterations. Most are very good at what they do, and can do some magic!
I’m having a gal do mine who works on pageant dresses, and does an aesome job with them. She did a Bridesmaid or Best Man for a wedding I was in 5 years ago, so I already have the experience with her. I know she’ll do just as a great a job now, as she did then – especially with her pageant dress background and those dresses are so detailed.
Post # 4
TaraMay_: Thanks! I’ve kind of accepted the cost, and as I’ve had to with many things associated with the wedding made peace with it.
Did the alteration look ok after your seamstress did it?
Post # 5
My dress is all lace (Allure 8923) and had to be hemmed because I am wearing flats. She had to cut the lace at the bottom off and reapply. I was afraid that it would be soooo expensive but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I just had my final fitting today and it looks perfect.
Post # 6
I just went to the seamstress that was in house at my bridal boutique. My dress was lace and needed to be hemmed. Like others have said – hemming is the most expensive part. It is a lot of work and was around $250.
Like you said, the bottom potition of my dress had to be removed and reapplied. It didn’t mess with the integrity of the dress in any way – its just a gentle lift of the dress. I’d shop around. Ask the boutique where you bought your dress for recommendations then read their reviews. Also, ask friends where they went and if it was a positive experience.
Post # 7
DubstoZees: Yeah it turned out perfectly, as if I bought it that way. I’m sure yours will too! 🙂
Post # 8
My lace dress is similar (Allure 8917) and I had my first alterations appointment today actually! I chose a lady that came recommended to me from a bridal shop I visited and she has tons of excellent reviews. She isn’t sure yet if she will need to hem the bottom which is very detailed lace and I am uncomfortable with that as far as trust and price as well. I am going to try first to raise the skirt up by adding a very poufy crinoline underneath which helps with length and giving my dress a more mermaid shape. I am hoping that combined with the heels will eliminate the need for the extra alterations. You might want to look into adding some more layers under your skirt to get that added lift?
Post # 9
I had two dresses- Allure 9022 and Stella York 5786 and they had lace that needed to be altered. I ended going on yelp and selected a seamstress with the best reviews and pictures of her work. Both of my dresses needed to be taken in over 3 inches in the waist (my waist is extremely small compared to my bust and hips so I knew this would need to be done no matter what size I ordered) and the Stella York gown had to be hemmed (which made me nervous bc the it had a beautiful lace hem t), straps shortened (also all lace), etc. Even after all of the alterations you couldn’t tell what had been altered–the way it should be. Just remember you get what you pay for so make sure you see examples of the work the seamstress does before you make a decision. Also, my seamstress explained eaxh altration she had to make and why. I also had about 7 fittings before my final fitting. Here is a pic of the all lace Stella York gown:
Post # 10
Exactly the same problem here! My dress won’t need to be hemmed for the shoes I’m wearing for the ceremony, but how about after that? My heels are pretty high too but I plan on putting on flats later on. What did you decide?
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina
I ordered this dress with custom length. You didn’t have that option??
Post # 12
FutureMrsDinATL: They didn’t give me that option at least.
Post # 13
Post pics when you have them!:)