(Closed) Any alterations experts out there? PLEASE help! (long)

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@katiedee:  My first thought was “wow, what a pretty dress” and I’m a simple dress person… Maybe changing to a soft sweetheart and removing the flowers from the shoulder would tone it down enough that the flowers around the skirt wouldn’t seem as busy?  I think the shape fits you so well that moving the waistline would be an unneccesary expense.  Be careful on the overlay.  Abruptly changing from one material to another will interrupt the flow and could result in it looking more complicated than you hoped… but would really have to be determined in person (photos aren’t accurate enough).  You look beautiful, if that helps at all!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Definitely think the Mila is a good model for changing your dress!  It’s so close to what you have already.  The last one has that flowy, ethereal thing going for it, but would you overlay the entire dress or just the skirt? 

Do you have any other pics?  The flowers aren’t showing very well in this one.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can most definately lose the 1 shoulder, I really don’t like the idea of over lay, material change or anything.

You can most likely lose the flowers as well.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would take your dress and your pictures to a few different reputable seamstresses and get quotes and a good idea of what is/isn’t possible. I reccommend at least 3 though 5 would be better. You are talking about major alterations and I would want to make sure that what you want is actually doable. (One may tell you yes, but the real answer is no). I have seen this happen to many times to count. By going to 3 seperate people, if one says yes and 2 say no, you will have a good idea of what can be done. I would hate for you to go to someone who says yes we can raise the skirt line, and then the dress be 6 inches too short.

But they will be able to give you the best advice, but honestly if you dislike it so much that you are wanting to change the entire dress, I would go look for another dress.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@katiedee:  The hem thing does change my mind a bit… it will mess with the proportions.  Is budget a concern?   If not, I would discuss moving the skirt upwards as opposed to cutting from the bottom.  You don’t want to be cut off at the knees.  You’ll have to work with the seamstress to find that spot where you still show the curve of the hip but aren’t losing the skirt.  The new pics are great…. and I can see how many flowery things are going on.  I have an idea, not sure about it, but have you seen the cathedral veils with a raw edge and scattered lace around the back, bottom?  Here’s an example:

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Two-tier-Chapel-Length-Veil-with-Lace-Applique-VW370017_Accessories-Features-White-by-Vera-Wang

What if you removed some of the flowers (all of shoulder/ some of skirt) and had them delicately applied to the veil… not lining the edge or anything like that, but scattered around the bottom.  I’m picturing it to where you can’t see them from the front and they are only showing from behind, as you walk down the aisle. 

I’m not even sure that’s possible, but thought it might be worth sharing.  You’d have to have a very simple, raw edge for it to work)  Assuming you are wearing a veil!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think your dress is gorgeous, and it looks very nice on you! But I also do see what you mean about maybe wanting a little less going on. I really like the pic without the one strap, so maybe if you just added the sweethear neckline, and did away with the flowers at the strap area? COuld they also remove some of the flowers at the skirt area? Maybe replace with 1 or 2 or just a few flowers, or perhaps even try the flowers in a different material like organza , tulle etc? I think the waistline /dropped waist looks very nice and accentuates your curves, you wouldnt want to mess up a good thing!! =o) Just my opinion….

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would remove the strap and some of the flowers

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