@Tbourret: I think I mentioned in my first reply to you that I thought steel boning would be something you might want to look into for more support. I’m sure your dress already has boning, but if you need it to be a lot firmer, that is the way to go. Or, double up on the plastic boning.
It looks like your dress can be shortened by having them take the lower, flared part of the skirt up where it joins with the tighter part of the skirt. That will prevent loss of the lovely ombre! Also, I like the ballroom bustle a lot. I think it would go well with your dress, and would keep the darker area of the lower skirt from vanishing. Or you could do a “tufted bustle,” which would probably look very pretty with all those ruffles! Here’s a fantastic resource for different types of bustles and how they look and work: http://www.leanna.com/Bustle/Bustles.shtml
I think it would be not too hard, and not too damagine to the looks of the lace, to enlarge the armholes a bit– by cutting into them at the front, back, and bottom. It sounds to me like you kind of need the actual should straps lengthened though, which I think is pretty much impossible. It might help if the armholes are enlarged, though. It will cost a little more than altering a plain garment the same way, but someone accustomed to working with wedding dresses should be able to do the job competently. 🙂
Oh yes, it would be very easy to make that into more of a scoop neckline!
Well, you could take the train off that dress, but you would lose the pattern that’s on the tulle– it looks like it’s been embellished specially for the shape of the train, with an edging, and if the train was just cut off, the edging would go, or need to be sewn back on, and both of those would look yucky. I think on that particular dress, you might just have to go with a bustle. 🙁 Sorry– it’s a beautiful dress, but I completely understand about not wanting the train! Have you gone to a shop where you might have alterations on it done and asked them? They might say something different than me, being able to look at the dress in real life.
It looks like the size that was ordered for you was too big for you in the bust. That’s why the edge comes up too high and the line of the neckline is a sharper V than you wanted. The good news is that yes, that can be fixed! You’d need the bust area worked on anyway as it’s too large, so having the neckline altered is not a big deal. It will take someone time to make sure the embellishments are nicely preserved, but I think yor issue is one that’s seen pretty frequently. 🙂
To everyone– I’m sorry to have taken so long to reply to you– I’ve had too much to do and haven’t been able to come on the Bee!