(Closed) Ask me anything about alterations! I'm a seamstress

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 33
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Creiddylad:  I went for my first fitting last week and the dress fits almost perfect except there is some weird bunching in the lower stomach area.  The seamstress basically said there was nothing she could do because if she took it in, I probably wouldn’t be able to sit down.  She said maybe once it is steamed it will loosen up but I don’t know.  I feel like that weird bunching draws attention to my gut and will drive me nuts.  Any ideas?

Post # 34
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968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Creiddylad:  Ask you anything?

 

Why don’t you live close to me so you can do my alterations?

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Creiddylad:  Hi!  I bought this dress for one of my wedding-related events.  It’s Sue Wong and has beautiful embroidery and beading.  However, I’m super petite and the dress hits me too low everywhere.  The pic is of the model, so imagine everything hanging a few inches lower.  The dress hits me right below the knees, the sewn in bra cups hit a couple inches below my breasts, etc etc.  

Can this be altered?  I’m bracing myself for a high price tag.  I’m really worried because there is a liner sewn into the overlay. Is it easy to shift everything up?  The solid part of the dress is the liner and the overlay extends from top to bottom.

Post # 36
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143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Creiddylad:  Like PP have said, how neat of you to offer your expertise!

My dress is unfortunately too small πŸ™  The lady at the store told me that all dresses come with a little bit of give sewn into the lining, so I can get some back that way. I have a side zipper and it is only coming up about 1/4 of the way. Here are my questions:

*Will the dress really loosen/warm up by me trying it on a few times? Thinking this might have some merit because it is the same size I tried on at the store and it fit almost perfectly, and I imagine tons of people have had it on and off.

*I am 4 months out from my wedding date. They told me to come in 6 weeks before the wedding – is that enough time, or should I try to get in earlier?

Any other suggestions/tips/tricks to get my a$$ into this dress are welcome!

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Creiddylad:  So, I love my dress even though I bought it really early. I’ve been the same size since high school, so I didn’t see any reason NOT to get it in the size I currently am. However, I’ve started thinking I may want to lose weight for the wedding. I’m hesitant, though, because I want the dress to still fit perfectly. It’s a corset back, I guess I’m just concerned that tightening it all the way will make it look funny. How much can a dress be taken in?

Here’s me in mine:

Can it be taken in from the sides? Will doing so mess up the fit in the front?

Post # 38
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702 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@DB425:  if I may jump on board. I’ve seen this quite a couple if times here in the bee with regards to mermaid. Is it a general thing with these dresses? I’m also considering a mermaid and an really anxious. probably all I could see would be the bunching and I’d hate all my photos. Is there anything you could do to avoid it when having the gown custom made? 

Post # 39
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83 posts
Worker bee

Are sample gowns that are damaged by clips from bridal salon fixable if the gown is a size too big? Have you ever worked on any that you couldn’t do anything with?

 

Post # 40
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741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Vegas baby!

Is it possible to make the first dress I’m posting look like the second dress I’m posting? I am in love with both styles and want to combine them. Keeping the black in the waist, but adding the halter and asking it knee length vs. Tea. Thank you in advance!! 

 

Post # 41
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741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Vegas baby!

Whoops I put the pictures up in the wrong order, sorry!! 

Post # 42
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1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

How much should it cost to turn this neckline:

into this neckline (without the straps):

 

Furthermore, Ive gained 5-7 pounds since I ordered my dress.  All of my pants still fit, but they’re a lot tighter :S.  I’m TERRIFIED my zipper closure dress isn’t going to fit…. is this weight enough to make that kind of difference?  I’m not even sure what size dress she ordered – my bust, hips, and waist all required different sizes and I think she ordered the smallest because she said something like “trust me, this designer always oversizes the dresses”… and I just said whatever, as long as you swear it will fit… This was nearly a year ago though so I may be remembering the conversation wrong…  I just remember being a bundle of nerves and just hearing her throw a bunch of numbers at me and none of it made sense so I said as long as you can assure me it will fit, you know what you’re doing.

Post # 44
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468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Creiddylad:  Thank you so much for doing this! I have two questions. 

1) About how much can I expect to spend to make my scoop neck into a sweetheart? The place I bought it from checked something inside the bust and said it could be done, but I’m wondering how much it will be. Obviously you won’t be able to give me an exact amount, but a ballpark would be awesome.

 

2) How would you bustle this? I am not a huge fan of most bustles (don’t like the bunching look). Could this be done with a ballroom/under bustle? And about how much does that typically cost?

Thanks!

 

Post # 45
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573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Creiddylad:  can I save a ton of money by not altering the length? The shop said this style would be taken up through the waist because of lace but I’m wondering if I will save a ton if I just don’t? What’s the most expensive part of alterations? 

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