(Closed) Anyone got pics of their strapless dresses altered to have straps?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

First of all, both of those are beautiful dresses! Secondly, I also fell in love with a strapless dress but really wanted to wear some sort of straps/sleeves on my big day. Lucky for me, Casablanca allows you to make modifications to their designs as long as you are picking details from one of their pre-existing dresses. I ended up ordering my dress (2010) with the off-the-shoulder sleeves of the 1857 in lace rather than satin:

In real life, my dress ended up going from this:

to this:

As I said, I lucked out that Casablanca was able/willing to make this modification in production. If they hadn’t, I would have definitely needed to check with a local seamstress to see if the changes I wanted were even possible. If not, my search for the perfect dress (one that had all the details I wanted) would have started all over again.

Good luck with your dress search!

Post # 4
11051 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@flying_hearts: Love the straps. In fact they make the dress.

Post # 5
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I agree with CatyLady.  Love the neckline!  Thats the sort of neckline I want, but everywhere I look it’s strapless, strapless, strapless!

Post # 8
4435 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think both dresses you found are so pretty! Are you wanting the lace sleeves of the second dress to be put on the first dress? This Mikaella dress has straps- looks similar to your first dress through its ruching and pickups:


Post # 9
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@flying_hearts:  LOVE!!!



@Bainise2013:  I did this:


To this:

(it cost me 40 dollars in extra fabric from the dress designer and 20 dollars in extra alterations – and I absolutely loved it)

Post # 10
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@flying_hearts:  I don’t really have anything to contribute, but I LOVE how your dress turned out. The straps really make the dress 🙂

Post # 11
2843 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i don’t have any examples of a strap adding that I can show you, but those twp examples above show how good it can look.

I think the key is to make it look like the straps were designed for the dress all along. In the first example that @flying_hearts posted, the lace looks the same as the lace on the bottom. In the example that @BartenderPlease posted, the material is the same as the rest of the dress. and it also fits with the diagonal lines on the rest of the dress. You’d never guess that the straps were added on later.

For your dress, if you go with the same kind of straps as the dream dress, then you could make it work by extending the lace across the top edge of the bodice (in a U-shape, I guess), so it looks like it’s part of the design. You might even add a small amount of lace trim somewhere on the skirt.

The other option is to choose blingy straps that match the bling on the belt. Like this:

The bonus with that style is you could have a blingy back if you wanted to. Like this:

Post # 13
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

@flying_hearts:  … How much extra did that cost? I am considering doing that to my Casablanca gown… ( Gown #1918)

Post # 14
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@flying_hearts:  your dress is beautiful with straps! I ordered my casablanca dress without straps. I am so happy that they are customizable from the factory!

Post # 15
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsCatholicBride:  I’m not 100% sure since the receipt is at my mom’s house, but I think I ended up paying about $150-$200 extra for this modification plus doing the hollow-to-hem measurement so I wouldn’t need to worry about loosing any of the pretty hem details in alterations. Both ended up being completely worth it in my book.


@got2blinda:  Thanks! I love Casablanca. They already have so many beautiful dresses. It’s pretty awesome that they also allow you to make them even more prefect for you.

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