Alterations Advice – Help please!

posted 3 months ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Sugar bee

cypresstree85 : it’s extremely complex because it is beaded and backless (and it appears there is no seam under the armpit). Plus, you want to get ride of the sleeves. 

Have you looked at Rosa Clara? I think her dresses will appeal to you. And if you have a Rosa Clara store near you, they can do extremely complex alterations because their seamstresses are in house and know their dress construction so well.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

A lot can be done in alterations, but it is REALLY expensive to do that with a good seamstress. So if you decide to do a lot of alterations, then you will have to just about double the price of the dress. I had hardly any done, and the alterations were over half of the cost of the dress. And that was just to put in cups, take in the waist/hips and add a bustle. 

I agree with PP to keep trying on dresses. Go to a bigger store that has a ton. I went to a large bridal store that had hundreds of dresses and ones similar to those were there. If you are dead set on this one, at least try one on with cap sleeves and an open back. Stella York 6724 is similar, so you can see if someone has that to try on and see how it fits you. Then you can see how it looks on you. And another option if you have narrow shoulders is to take it to an off the shoulder neckline. 

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

Since you like dresses from 10 years ago, have you tried Emerald City?

Post # 21
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Honey bee

Since there is even stuff you would change about the top, have you considered doing separates? The skirt of that dress is really nothing special – your run of the mill a-line skirt.  You could likely find a beaded bridal bodysuit or top or have one custom made cheaper.  Look for people doing custom work on etsy or local seamstresses and get some quotes.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

 

cypresstree85 :  It would require removing the beads in the area the alterations are done, or possibly removing the enitre beaded overlay, recutting, then hand sewing them back on. Add to that the delicate material the beads are on, the open back, the lack of seams and your desire to remove the cap sleeves – I just don’t see this ending well.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

cypresstree85 :  oh, I thought you were in the Bay Area based on one of your posts. If you are getting married in the Bay Area and need recs for other things, let me know.

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper

Well dear OP, it seems to me that the dress, pretty though it is, is not right for your body type . Note l am NOT suggesting your body type is difficult or imperfect or saying anything remotely  critical. 

If it were me, l’d rethink it, though l see you have been unsuccessful so far.

 

 

cypresstree85 :  

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

Miami is a mecca for wedding dress shops (there is even a Rosa Clara store) because so many brides from Latin America come up to shop. There is one street with dozens of stores. Could you buy a cheap ticket and go down there for the day?

Post # 29
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Busy bee

cypresstree85 :  you might like Ronald Joyce’s dresses. I bought a 2nd hand dress Graziella. Though it’s tulle, it flows pretty.

Also have you checked on stillwhite? Unless you consider it a taboo, there are quite a bit of A-line dresses there.

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