(Closed) Any ladies alter their dresses to make it look different?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
1279 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I altered my dress ALOT! And I’m so glad I did, and that my seamstress was super talented and made it all work! So here’s the original:

And here’s the finished version on me:

And some detail shots:


Here’s the extent of what was added/changed:

– made a deeper sweetheart neckline & added lace

– took out 2 layers of crinoline underskirt and pulled in the skirt to fit much slimmer: not quite a mermaid but slimmer than a typical a-line

– moved the zipper from the side to the back

– added more lace and bling to extend the detail toward the front and also on the back

– added the lace applique and ribbon detail for the bustle (which was one of my favorite things that made me love the dress a lot more!).

If you’re considering changing a lot, just know it may add up in terms of cost. And depending on the style of dress you have, certain things may or may not be possible! But always ask about whatever you want to do, because ultimately you want your dress to feel like you and fit like it is a custom dress! You’ll be way happier in the end!

Post # 6
95 posts
Worker bee

I am adding cap sleeves to mine because I am totally over strapless dresses (no offense, strapless brides).

Post # 7
1457 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m getting my straps taken off, and the neckline will be turned into sweetheart, and the back will be a low vee! I don’t have after pics yet, but this is what it should look like (we just tucked the straps down in the dress). I’m so nervous to see how it turns out, but none of the strapless dresses I tried on even compared to the Bernadette so I had to have it!

Post # 8
1279 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@sooner365 – i think different crystals are easy enough, and i think that would be great! it’s a such a great dress for you though – not much a fan of bows myself, so I would prob do the same thing. are you think of adding more? i think once you remove the bow, you can really beef up the beading. have fun with it!

@nicoley – it will look stunning I’m sure! it’s a gorgeous dress!! and your choices for altering it are def flattering!


Post # 9
2813 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m not changing mine, but I know a girl who added off the shoulder sleeves to her dress.  She should have left it alone.  The sleeves totally changed the lines of the dress and made the top look weird. 

Post # 10
7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

i had mine altered….i had the neckline changed to a sweetheart, flowers on the side taken off, back turned into a V…here’s before


Post # 11
4149 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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your changes made your dress so unique and I LOVE it!! 

Post # 12
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did a TON to mine. I changed the neckline from scoop to true sweetheart, added crystals, added a blue sash, and added removable straps.

Here’s the before:

And two after (one with and one without straps):


Without straps (taken the next day, so the dress is a bit worse for wear):

Post # 13
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2003

I didnt do too too much to the dress but, I changed the necklne from a sweetheart to a soft dip, added more lace to the front of the dress, took of the crystals on the top part of the dress and made it more into a fit n flare then an A-line.

Post # 15
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m removing the beading and adding a sash. I’m not a beading person and I almost didn’t even try the dress on because of it.



Sample dress with added sash:

Post # 16
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Here are pics of my first fitting, second fitting, and my dress on the wedding day.  I took out 1 layer of tulle and had the hips taken in to make the dress more fit n flare. 

First fitting:


Second fitting with 1 layer of tulle removed and hips pinned before taking them in:


Wedding day:

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