(Closed) Alterations question — how much can you change the back of strapless dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have a limited amount of experience with bridal gowns but I am a seamstress so this is a mix of opinion/professional advice.  All of this really depends on the structure of the dress.  I would hesitate to do a lace panel because I don’t think it will look right with the crystal belted waistline in general and realistically, the lace panel would wind up *maybe* 4″ tall because the back of your dress is already 2+” lower than the inspiration dress. If you are looking for a sexy back, I would suggest asking if the top of the dress can be lowerd by an inch or two in the back and forgo the lace.  

PS If you absolutely insist on the lace, I would source it yourself.  

Post # 4
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41 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I agree with the PP, the lace wouldnt really fit with the style of this dress, especially with the chunky belt being right there. I think though if you cut the back lower to be a deep V, that would be really sexy, gorgeous, refined and classy! But it might make it hard to wear a bra. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

While a talented seamstress can do anything, that doesn’t mean it should be done. I am with PPs that I don’t think it would suit the dress. I also think it might be extremely expensive. So you might be better off looking for a new dress.

Post # 8
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Newbee

You can definitely alter the dress to lower the back and adding some understated sexiness. I added lace to my reception dress. bought a pretty cheap plain white dress in the shape and neckline I wanted. I took it to a reputable alteration place and they added the lace and lowered the back (with the help of boning). The place I went to had quite a few different lace to pick from, I didn’t know where to begin if I had to find my own lace. I believe they just included the lace in my invoice.

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Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Your dress already looks gorgeous as is.  If you’ve already spent an arm and a leg on two dresses, don’t spend a ton of money altering this already gorgeous, simple-yet-stunning dress.  It looks beautiful as it is.  Despite not being “sexy” per se, the cut of it and how it fits you makes the dress “sexy” if that makes sense.  This is a classic look that you will NOT regret 10 years down the road.  Don’t change a thing.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Please let me know what you ended up doing with your dress?! So refreshing to find someone who was in the same boat! Loved my dress when I bought it but now I want a different back or a new dress and I feel so ashamed! Why has it made us like this?! Thank you for posting made me feel better!!ย 

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2017

anothernewbee16 :  thank you so much! What great advice and you’re so right – have been sucked in by Pinterest and all sorts!! You looked amazing! X

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