(Closed) Altering the skirt on my mother's dress

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

That is a gorgeous dress! I don’t have any advice, but maybe you could approach a few tailors or seamstresses for advice? I’m sure they’d be able to help you out, and at only a fraction of what a new dress would cost you 🙂

Post # 4
Hostess
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

It’s so gorgeous! You could easily take out some crinoline to de-poof the skirt. A seamstress will be able to give you more details. 

Post # 5
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have no experience in this at all so i’m here to offer encouragement. The bodice is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why you want to change the skirt- it’s very princessy.

It’s hard to tell from the pic but is the skirt taffeta, with lace appliques / beading on the side panels only?

Post # 8
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1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jdhall89:  That’s an amazing dress! It has soo much potential! Take off the bow, de-poof the skirt and perhaps turn the neckline into a strapless sweetheart and you have an amazing dress!

I’m jealous!

Post # 9
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@jdhall89:  Oh wow. If my mum’s 80s wedding dress was that good, I wouldn’t have had to buy my own! Even she looks at her wedding dress with a laugh now.

Good luck fixing it up! It’s gorgeous, so I’m sure you’ll be fine with it. Also, good on your mum for being able to fit into her wedding dress after 30 years!

Post # 11
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@jdhall89:  Hmmm, were you thinking of adding applique so that the it covers the whole skirt? Or were you thinking of a plain skirt? 

Just thinking out loud here, but you might end up with visible seams if you change the silohette of the skirt.

Post # 12
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2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jdhall89:  Go see Margo at Eltsa tailoring!!  She’s in Seattle by the Northgate Mall.  Her prices are super reasonable and she is the best rated wedding tailor in western WA!  She’s very honest about what can and can’t be done and she got my alterations done extremely quickly.  Honestly, I can’t say enough about her  =o)  Very pleased with her work on my wedding dress that I’ll be wearing in another week and a half  =o)  

http://www.eltsa.com/

Post # 14
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2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jdhall89:  Glad I could be of help!  =o)  I’d definitely go back to her in the future for any other alterations I need (and it was about a 1.5hr drive each way for me to get there).  

I had tried a different wedding tailor in Tacoma for my Rehearsal Dinner dress and she charged WAY more and the quality of her work left a lot to be desired  =o(  I refused to go back to that one.

ETA: You mom’s dress is really cute… it has a Jackie Onassis quality to it!

Post # 15
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269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Wow, what a beautiful dress (and beautiful mama)! I’m sure you can get the dress shaped as you want – take it to a dressmaker with your inspiration picture and I’ve seen other girls have A-lines changed to mermaids, so I’m sure there’s something they can do to slimline the boddice. There’s probably some netting under mom’s dress that can easily be removed (I had thought about doing this with my dress), which will de-poof it a little already. Good luck – you’re going to have a fabulous dress! 🙂

Post # 16
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5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Beautiful dress and it’s amazing she still fits! Hope you show us the altered version after it’s done!

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