Post # 1
After I got engaged about 7 weeks ago, I realized that I’m facing a couple of dress challenges. The first was stylistic: I don’t want a train, lace, tulle, big poofiness, or lots of detailing. On other people, I have no problem with these things; they just don’t really suit me. The second was budgetary: the absolute most that I can spend on a dress, including all alterations and accessories, is about $500. And since I’m planning for a June 2013 wedding, I don’t have a lot of time to negotiate these issues!
I ended up purchasing the dress pictured below in a wonderful online sale from Ann Taylor. Stylistically, it suits me really well, and I love the fabric (100% silk–makes me feel so decadent! :-P). I found out why this dress was deeply discounted, though: it’s made for a tiny person! Fortunately, I am a fairly tiny person–a fraction above average height, but pretty small-boned and not too much of a figure. Even so, while I can zip the dress (it’s got a side zip), I get some pretty significant puckering along the right side. A tailor should be able to do something about this, right?? At other places, it’s actually slightly loose; I might, for example, be able to have it taken in a bit at the waist. And it’s definitely too long!
I’m casting myself on the wisdom of the boards for the answer to two questions: 1) Does this dress suit me? Anything to recommend in the way of alterations? 2) What kind of accessiories would work for this dress? I have a twisted-strand pearl necklace that I was thinking of wearing, but maybe that’ll look too heavy? Alternatively, I have single pearl on a chain. Or???
Thank you so much for any ideas!
Post # 3
Take it to a seamstress for a consultation. They will be able to tell you all possible solutions. Looks great on you!
Post # 4
@howtobeawife: Thanks! Yes, I definitely plan to talk to a tailor, but I was hoping to get a sense of what I wanted first. 😛 I do a good bit of sewing and quilting myself, but I’ve never been that great with fashion and style…..and I am WAY too afraid to take on the alterations for a wedding dress!
Post # 5
I really like this dress on you. You are wearing the dress and not the other way around. Great choice! I would wear the twisted-strand necklace, I think it would suit the dress. And yes take it to a tailor. I’m a seamstress myself and didnt dare to do the alterations myself, you got enough on your plate, you don’t need that stress.
Post # 6
I think it’s a beautiful dress. As far as alterations, I’d talk with a seamstress…I have no idea what to recommend for that.
Accessories. Maybe a pair of drop earrings and a sparkly bracelet? Are you planning on wearing a veil? I think if you wanted to add a bit more to the dress you could look into finding a sparkly belt–but I’m not sure how that would look with the flowy-ness of the dress. If you wanted more volume to the skirt a crinoline (colored crinoline might be fun too) would work.
Post # 7
The dress is gorgeous on you! That kind of alterations can definitely happen with a good seamstress!
Post # 8
I think it’s a lovely dress! Seems to be exactly what you wanted too!
For jewelry, I’d either to pretty drop earrings with a matching bracelet, or a statement necklace instead (with small earrings).
The right undergarments can certinaly fix areas too. I think a corset bra may help bring in your own waist if you were wanting more definition there or smooth our puckering, in addition to getting it altered.
Maybe your excess fabric could be fashioned into a simple ruched kind of sash?
Post # 9
I think a tailor should be able to take it out a bit to help with the puckering. I would maybe add a sparkly sash belt just below your chest to give it a bit more definitition and break the dress up a bit.
Definitely do alterations at a bridal shop and not yourself. Wedding dresses are apparently very particular to alter. They should have sashes for you to try on with it too if you want.
Post # 10
It’s a lovely dress but it needs alterations. It’s a bit tight on top and I would add a sash to give it shape. A seamstress will definitely be able to fix puckering. As for jewelry, go for something with sparkle.
Post # 11
Good work finding that for under $500! It looks great in you. Needs a few alterations but nothing major that any decent seamstress couldnt fix. Agree with blingy accessories and maybe even a nice blingy hair clip too. I’d leave the sash out.
Post # 12
Thanks so much for all of the ideas and comments, everybody! Maybe I should get my ears pierced–somehow, I never did, and I do totally agree that earrings would be lovely with this dress! The sash idea is also interesting. I do want a little more waist definition, but I think I’d like to keep the dress very, very simple… so no bows. 🙂 Maybe shifting the seam line will work for the definition?
Anyway, I appreciate the thoughts! You guys have given me more confidence in my dress choice, and also more concrete thoughts about what I want done!
Post # 13
Find a pro bridal show. Bridal dresses are very tricky.
I would suggest taking it in around your bust and waist. It looks a little loose and your figure is lost in the dress. Its very pretty but would faltter your figure better if it were more snug.
Post # 14
Oh! also, I’d suggest you get a petticoat to make it fuller and that way when you walk you won’t have a to worry about it getting stuck between your legs, and it will eliminate any static issues.