(Closed) Anyone alter your dress more than fitting and hemming?

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Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Following! I’m planning on adding straps to mine. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I haven’t gone for my fittings yet, so I’m not sure what kind of staps we’ll go for. The embellishment on the bodice has so much texture, that I’m not sure a plain satin strap would blend well, but it would also be near impossible to match the texture of the embellishment. 

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Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Cambridge Mill

juneberries:  I started a thread like this also! I am actually going tomorrow to see my altered dress (neckline change to a sweatheart, “V” in the back, removing front beading (I will have a sash instead), adding cups – not fitted to my body yet tho). So I will have after photos to share soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is what it looks like before alterations:

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Cambridge Mill

herecomesthebride625:  I agree with you I think satin straps are the way to go! Are you going thin or thick?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve just had a consultation with my seamstress – I’m changing the overall look of the top of my dress. It currently  has spaghetti straps, which I am never a fan of, and I plan to have them changed to a halter style top. This involves changing the back of the dress also as it scallops up right now to meet the spaghetti straps. It will create more of a V look in the back as well.

What we’re going to do is remove a 4 inch strip from the bottom of the dress to use to create the new 1 inch thick strap, she’s also going to have to cut off the top of the back of my dress and recreate the scalloping but lower, and she is going to have to rebead a lot of the places beause my dress has a pretty intricate beaded lace overlay. It’s going to take about 2-3 months (Jan-March is what she has given me) and the cost estimate is $375-$500 max. I feel thats fair for all of the minute detailing I see will go into this. 

I bought my dress preowned for $100 with its matching veil so these alterations are really quite cheap to make it my own! I can update this post as we work on it ๐Ÿ˜Š

This is my dress for now:

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

mfox89:  I’m following your other thread, and still love your dress, though probably because it’s quite similar to mine with the lace bodice ‘fading’ out into the net skirt..good taste!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I won’t be having my alterations done until early April, but I plan to make a few changes to my dress. The style is a mermaid but I want to make it into more of a fit and flare/dropped waist by having the bodice shortened rather than hemming it from the bottom. I’m also going to either have sleeves put on or wear it with a bolero to cover my arms.

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Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

mfox89:  I want to go thick. I actually fell in love with the fit of a tanktop-style dress, so I want to get as close to that as possible. I’m just torn between matching the champagne satin of the waistband or the white satin of the skirt.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

mfox89:  is this Pronovias Domingo? I always think my dress looks very similar to it except that my dress has a very slight sweetheart neckline and low v-back. Also when I ordered it, I asked it to come without the sash. LOL. I’ve been thinking shortening the bodice and adding two more tulle layers to the skirt.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Me!  And I’m doing it myself, with the help of one of my bridesmaids ๐Ÿ™‚  I’ve completely changed the top of the dress, and am still to add a beaded sash at the waist, and debating a detachable train…

Before (sorry don’t have any pics of me in it before I started tinkering):

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The top now:

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I’m going to add a tiny bit more lace to the shoulders so it ‘blends’ more. 

Thoughts/feedback anyone?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

sydneyfrancis88:  wow looks great!  I think lace will be beautiful.  Man I wish I was that talented.  I can’t even sew a button!!!!  I dont know if the dress needs a beaded belt TBH since the beading already on the dress is quite nice… but I’m always a fan of a train!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

wedbee0904:  Thank you!  

I think the way the model is holding her arms makes it look better, but as lovely as the beading is in person it is very ‘same-y’ all the way down, which is why I definitely wanted to add a belt for interest and to break it up a bit.  I figured it will be a bit more flattering too as I don’t naturally have a very defined waist, so it will nip everything in slightly.

When I get one sorted I’ll post some pictures with and without, I’m buying an applique off etsy and adding my own ribbon so it’s not silly money to throw away if I decide to not use it after all ๐Ÿ™‚

This beauty was my inspiration:

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