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

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 77
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34 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Creiddylad:  I would love to hear a response if you’re still accepting questions! I just have a very simple one: should any respectable seamstress be able to alter a silk chiffon dress (multiple layers of sheer chiffon)? For some reason I’m worried no one will be able to. It has to be brought down one size and shortened. What should I be looking for when I’m searching for a seamstress who can successfully do this?

 

FYI my dress is the Dauphine gown by j. crew, and this is a close up of detailing

 

Post # 79
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87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hi, my question is just that my dress has so much beautiful detail but i feel that i am too short in it and when it is hemmed the detail may look to far down on the dress than where it would fall on someone taller.  I was told never to shorten a dress from around the waist.  Im just wondering if it will look silly having only the bottom hemmed and the pattern extend further down the dress than normal. or if it is possible to raise it from the middle. This has been in the back of my mind since I purchased it!

Thank you so much!!

Post # 80
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@fallparkbride:  can i ask the style/maker of your dress? it looks similar to mine but I haven’t been able to find many pictures of it that are not the model pics. wondering if it is the same dress

Post # 81
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87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@gansterkm08:  it is a Mori Lee 5106 – i havent seen many pics from the model ones either.  Just wondering do you have the same problem i do?  Im 5’3 and feel like the pattern goes too far down the dress for how short my body is.  just curious.  I still love it tho!!

Post # 82
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215 posts
Helper bee

Great post! I’m just happy to hear that a dress can be safely taken in 4-6 inches. At my first fitting, the seamstress making my dress commented that I’d lost an inch in my upper waist and was like “An inch is a lot!”, and I promised to maintain my weight. Then a nasty flu and consequent lack of appetite I know has set me back further weight-wise- and she will kill me wen I go for the next fitting which she probably considers the final one lol. 

And what if I regain my voracious appetite and put on more weight so that it becomes too small right before the wedding and have to take it back to her? hehehehe

(Photo was taken at the first fitting; the “sash” was not attached yet on the right)

 

 

 

Post # 83
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521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

No pictures that show my dress at the moment. Besides, mine is more of a general question, anyway. I’m a 30DD or 30F, so I have boobs, and am small around my chest. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to handle that with a strapless dress. I have a strapless bra which provides good support, but I am still . . . low . . . in it. Would it be better to have a long-line? Are there long-lines that sit on your hips? My dress is actually the same one as NickysGirl14 – but I ordered in a size 4. My waist is even smaller than my rib cage, so I am worried no matter what I do, my dress will be slipping down . . .

 

 

 

 

ETS: Photo. Why is it sideways? 

 

Post # 84
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1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Creiddylad: Hi!! Do you think that the drop waist on this dress can be altered to a regular waist? The bridal consultant said they can do it but I’m dubious because the sheer beaded overlay would have to be cut and somehow resewn or re-attached onto the dress. I dislike how low the bottom of the beaded top part hits, not flattering on a shortie like me. Thanks!

 


 

 


 

Post # 85
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187 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve seen a few bees post that they are worried about their dress being able to be taken in… I’m on the oppsite side – I’m worried my dress wont be able to be taken out. I’m a size 22w or a size 24/26, and the dress I bought is a size 16. I they told me it could be let out an inch on each side bringing it up to a size 18, and with the corset back should fit me properly; I’m not so sure even a size 18 would fit me. 

This is me in the dress (tired with no make-up). Do you think it could be done? Do you think I should just sell it off and find a new dress that fits better? 

Post # 86
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1 posts
Wannabee

Hi thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I have my dress of my dreams how ever I have no clue on what kind of bustle to have on my dress and as is a sale dress I will be having to arrange my alterations. Rhe pictures dont seem to show the full length of my train but its about 2m long I think. My dress is tulle and lace so very delicate but has some weight to it. Whats the best way to bustle with out ruining the detail on the dress I have put a picture of the under skirt as I can not walk without it this also has a small train. I could easily change this if you think thats best.  I also want to take some length off the front so I dont need to wear heels is this possible. Thanks  

Post # 87
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1 posts
Wannabee

Thank you so much for offering your expert advice! I have a question about adding a build up to my strapless dress.  My dress is an Essence of Australia d1410.  I absolutely adore everything about it except that it’s strapless.  I don’t hate the idea, I just never imagined myself in a strapless gown. Here it is. (Sorry for the giant photos… Trying to do this on phone)

 

 

 

I found this Watters gown online and I just adore the illusion neckline and back.

 

 

Do you think it would be possible to build up my EOA dress for a similar effect? Would this be a terribly difficult/expensive undertaking?   Thanks again for your help! 

 

 

 

Post # 88
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@fallparkbride:  mines mori ee 1861.  Im 5’7″ but i haven’t had my fittng yet either so i haven’t tried it on or seen it in 5 months

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