(Closed) Please help- Alteration troubles with my VW dress!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I add the seaming to bodice of my dress?
    No. Suck it up and trust the store owner, leave the bodice alone. : (24 votes)
    45 %
    Yes. Its your dress, your way. Get the bodice altered to be like the sample dress. : (8 votes)
    15 %
    I think seaming would look good on the bodice, not too much emphasis on your chest. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I do not think seaming would look good on the bodice, it will put too much emphasis on your chest. : (20 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 4
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think the dress looks beautiful as it. I do agree that the seeming under the bust may not look as elegant as you thought with a larger bust. Unfortunately, if you go ahead with it, you may not be able to change it back – it isn’t a risk I would be willing to take. 

    Post # 5
    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t think it would really be possible. What you are dealing with are two completely different things. The first, the original dress, has the seaming. The reason this looks the way it does is because it’s built like a bra, not a shirt. What I mean is that instead of the fabric just flowing over the boobs, there are actually little pockets for them built into the fabric.

    The dress you have is more like a shirt. Rather than coming in between your boobs and having the fabric between your boobs sit against your chest, it fits like a traditional strapless. I don’t think it would be possible to alter it into the one you saw before, because that would require more fabric and a complete rework of the bodice.

    But please trust me when I say that these sorts of styles tend to look not so great on larger chests. I saw a cocktail dress like this once. My flat-chested friend looked super cute in it, but didn’t want to spend the money, so I tried it on. I’m not super well-endowed, but I was wearing a Miraculous bra (so about a D cup).

    It  refused to hang right. The seams kind of floated halfway down my boob, and looked really printed on. I have never seen someone above a small C or maybe large B pull off a dress cut that way. It usually just looks sort of….vulgar, in that “a Marilyn can’t wear everything a Jackie can” sort of way.

    I agree it’s a super cute style, but unless you go for a reduction, it’s probably not going to work. Your seaming would sit really close to your waistline because it would have to come all the way in, instead of sloping gradually to the waistline. There’s just too much boob.  But you look great in it the way it is, so please don’t feel bad. Maybe you can incorporate some seaming in another way?

    Post # 6
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @BooRadley:  Have you worn corsets before? I had a custom corset made to accomodate my 30H bust, and there’s only vertical seams on that. I’m afraid I understand why the larger size doesn’t have the ‘cups’ seam in the original as it may separate your bust too much – it looks like it would hve to sit flat on your ribcage if that makes sense. That said, you should do whatever you feel you’d like – can it be rectified if you decide you don’t like it? If so, go for it. Or perhaps request a different form of detailing on the corset top. As long as your happy, does it really matter what VWs vision is. These dresses are made for athletic figures, I’ve been reading all across the bee about how large busted women can’t wear this, can’t wear that, at the end of the day, if you want it, go for it 🙂 

    Post # 7
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @EffieTrinket:  Ahh you’ve basically said what I was trying to say in a much better way 🙂 

    @BooRadley:  By all means go for detail, just not necessarily cup seams. 

    Post # 8
    47 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @AmyFarrahFowler:  Totally agree. I don’t think I’d be willing to take that chance either. I think it looks great just the way it is.

    Post # 9
    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d listen to them and leave it as is.  You can barely see the seaming anyways with the overlay.  Also, with the blingy belt and big ball gown skirt, it would just be too much I think. If it’s a non-negotiable for you then by all means go for it – it’s your wedding you have to love your dress – but just be careful since it will probably be alter at your own risk at that point.  You don’t have much time to change it if you don’t like it and/or the dress is damaged because of it. 

    Post # 10
    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I don’t think it would look bad at all.  That being said, I like it better without it. 

    Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems a little too roomy up top.  Is it going to be taken in any?

    Post # 11
    776 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I really think it looks gorgeous as is – the seamstresses likely know what they’re talking about. However it’s your day so you get to call the shots – just remember that also comes with taking on the consequences of something potentially risky!

    Remember only you will remember the before and after, everyone else will just see you the day off and gush about how gorgeous you look 🙂

    Post # 12
    3339 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    It’s your dress, so you should get what you want.  But keep in mind what others have said; that it might not look good after all and then you won’t be able to change it back.

    Vera Wang is a top designer.  She knows what she’s doing.  I’d probably trust her instincts on this one.  I’d be more upset that the store lied to you about what could be done to the dress.  They should be able to at least add boning though.

    For what its worth, I have a larger than average chest.  I’ve noticed that dresses with heavily sculptured cups like the sample really don’t look good on me.  I think they’re best for girls with little to no chest.


    Post # 14
    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I didn’t read all the posts but I’m seriously jealous of your dress.  I LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  I really wish I could of afforded this VERA.

    Post # 16
    882 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @BooRadley, so sorry—I toatlly forgot to repond to you earlier!  

    First off, I think it looks amazing on you! I do love the corset bodice, too. but I’d definitely listen to the seamstress. You don’t want it turning out totally designed differently, and have it be (for lack of a better word) messy underneath the sheer. Honestly, you can’t see the details unless you are SUPER close up. The drama and beauty of the dress are still there. From your pictures, it still totally looks like a corset bodice detailing—and in no way is the bodice plain without it! I think once it’s taken in, you’ll feel MUCH better. You still have the organza standing up over the sweetheart neckline, which is so sweet, and where eyes will naturally be drawn. 

    Even without the detailing in the bodice, your dress is head and sholders over your second choice (though I may be biased:) You rock the dress, and it’s stunning on you!  Good luck at alterations! 


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