Post # 1
So, I am getting married on March 7th, 2014. I found my dress at the very inexpensive price of $200.00. It is very plain, which I like to the point of having the only piece of beading removed when ordered. I am in need of alterations, but I am not totally sure what to ask for. I know that it needs to be taken in on the top and sides, and that I want to have it shortned to right below my knee.
What I am looking for is advice from others on what I should do. Also, I am curious if anyone has experience with shortneing a dress by ‘cutting it’ versus folding it under itself. Not sure if this makes any sense, but when I purchased the dress they mentioned that being a possibility. I am not going with Alfred Angelo, store the dress was purchased from, because I don’t care for their customer service.
I am also having a hell of a time finding a strapless bra, I am a 40Dirty Delete and it is a real pain in the butt. Any advice on that would be welcome too. I am wearing a bra in these photos, obviously, and I am actually considering finding out what it would cost to have some very basic shoulder straps added. I have no experience with any of this, so again, if anyone has any advice as far as what to ask for or information in regards to what this would cost me (all alterations total) I would really appreciate it.
Like I mentioned, there is no beading on the dress and it only cost $200.00. I am really, really, really hoping that the alterations don’t cost too much more than the dress itself.
Post # 3
@jenniea313: Here are your pics-upright. It is really hard to make specific recommendations from small pics. You also have an ottoman or somthing obscuring the bottom of the dress. Your seamstress will be the best source of advice. They will take the dress in with pins or clamps so you can see what it will look like with the proposed alterations.
You can’t just cut off the dress. It always needs a finished hem, but if the hem would be too deep it is not uncommon to cut off some of the extra material, then do a proper hem.
Post # 4
@julies1949: Thanks. The dress falls pretty straight to the ground. Very simple. Even though I know a seamstress would be the best source of advice, I am here hoping to get the advice from people not wanting me to pay them 🙂
Post # 5
@jenniea313: A seamstress does not charge for advice- only for the work done. You can go to more than one seamstress to get a recommendation and an estimate.
Post # 6
Thanks! If anyone has any additional advice, I would appreciate it. I will be going to a seamstress on the 9th of this month, but again, I am just looking for some friendly advice from weddingbee users, with regard to the fact that I know I will have to go to a seamstress.
Post # 7
A) – on seamstresses, make appts with a few different places in your area, go to visit them with your dress, and see which one you feel more comfortable with and comfortable with overall professional-wise. A GOOD seamstress will recommend the alterations you need without having to over-inflate your final price, and will provide different methods of alterations that will fit your overall “look” for your dress that you imagine.
B) – you will need a finished hem as a PP stated.
C) – Straps would be probably be pretty easy to add, but have you considered a long-line bra? That would add extra support for “the girls”… Go to Macys or whatever is near you, buy a bunch of strapless and long line bras, and try them on with the dress to see what fits best, and return whatever you don’t need.
Good luck! The dress is cute and the price is perfect! Congrats on finding it and getting a great deal!