Terrified of alterations!!! Advice on lace/applique dresses

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 BM 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 # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

DubstoZees:  Yeah it turned out perfectly, as if I bought it that way. I’m sure yours will too! 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Villa Christina

I ordered this dress with custom length. You didn’t have that option??

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Post pics when you have them!:)

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