Altering back illusion of dress

posted 1 year ago in Dress
Post # 2
3864 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’m no seamstress but cutting a V like you’ve shown seems very doable. 

Post # 3
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

What does the front of your dress look like? Also not really a seamstress but I have a little experience with sewing and it seems to me that cutting such a large peice of fabric from the back might result in the front not fitting properly – most likely it would become looser. 


But definitely talk to a seamstress! It doesn’t seem impossible. Either you could adjust the fit in the front or remove the buttons and replace the illusion mesh with something else to maintain the structure.

Post # 5
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I think the shoulders would flop if you did that but you can always ask a seamstress. Maybe they could add a strip of fabric or illusion across the top of the back to give it some shape.

Post # 6
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

gwing11 :  not a seamstress but I do like to alter my clothes occasionally. This is going to cause sagging in the front if you cut out the buttons. That illusion in the front is held tight by the buttons. Maybe if you have extra lace they can make a t-back style with the lace. 

What exactly do you not like about the buttons?

edited for spelling… dumb phone. 

Post # 7
1233 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Why don’t you swap out the fabric covered buttons for clear crystal buttons? The mesh is there to provide some structure and any removal of it front or back is going to require the addition of boning in the seams and fabric across the shoulders to provice support.

Post # 10
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

I hate to say it, but you may need to look for another dress. I think the illusion is necessary for the structure of the dress. The front won’t stay up without it. 

Post # 11
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

gwing11 :  that V back is really beautiful. They might be able to find an anchor point for the top of the illusion to keep tension but I’m guessing that the other dress you showed did not have in the illusion front. 

FWIW my dress had back buttons too. It’s trendy. It honestly looks beautiful on you. Maybe the could add a lace up the back to not look too “buttony”

Post # 12
8 posts
  • Wedding: September 2019

So, what did you decide to do??

Post # 13
101 posts
Blushing bee

I’m also curious what you decided to do! I also am absolutely in love with this dress, but I’m not a fan at all of the illusion fabric (especially the buttons floating on my back look).

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