Post # 92
OK, let’s see. Simplest things first. 🙂 Yes, it is totally possible and should be easy to shorten the dress in front. And if you can’t walk in the dress without the underskirt, definitely plan to use it! That’s generally why multi-layered dresses have underskirts or petticoats– they help hold the skirt away from your legs so you can move decently in them. And, the bustle– it looks like a bustle style that leaves the sides of the back relatively unchanged and visible will be what works. A French bustle, or other pick-up style bustle that uses several hooks (necessary because of the weight of the train) would probably look nice and ensure that the lines of embellishment still showed. For ideas and to see what you might like and what you think would look good, have a look at my favorite bustle-example website: http://www.leanna.com/Bustle/Bustles.shtml
Oooh, I think your dress would look fabulous with an illusion neckline of that sort! I don’t think it would be very difficult to create an illusion neckline, but it might take a little time to find laces to add to the illusion area that would go well with the lace of the dress. Could you see if the shop could order some of the dress lace from the designer? Or, you could spend some time finding laces you think are beautiful, and not have them match completely. Though it would be good to make sure the colors match as closely as possible, since it looks like your dress is all one shade of ivory/white.
I do think this might cost a couple hundred or so. Maybe more, maybe a bit less, depending on where you are and what kind of shop you go to. An independent seamstress would probably charge less (and maybe be more likely to be able to do it artistically) than a bridal shop or busy alterations shop. I wish I could do it for you– it would be fun!
Post # 93
To everyone who posts on this thread: I didn’t anticipate that it would keep going this long, and get so many responses!! I’m not on the Bee every day, and I don’t always have time to get to everyone’s questions at once, so you might no hear from me for a couple days at a time. But I am doing my best to keep up and should be able to answer everyone’s questions at some point! Thanks for your patience. 🙂
Post # 94
You are awesome! Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. Sadly the shop I bought it at closed but we hired a wedding/bridal dress maker for my Maid/Matron of Honor and mom. I was planning on having her do the alternations on mine as well. Oh well about getting rid of the train, we’ll just bustle the darn thing! thank you!
Post # 95
Thank you very much for your time and response. Nice thing you’re doing for all these girls. 🙂
Post # 96
Thank you so much for doing this! I am in the middle of my alterations and I’m starting to get a little concerned about how the top fits. There is about a 2 inch gap at the top of my dress that let’s you see right down it. I’ve had the corset waist synched really tight hoping it would help and not feel like the dress was about to fall off, but that makes the fit of the rest of the dress “off.” My seamstress says she can do a running stitch at the top along the neckline to fix it some, but she gave me the impression that it wouldn’t fix it completely. Is there a way to make it so it doesn’t gape? BTW, I am large chested DD’s so it isn’t an issue of not filling up the space.
Post # 97
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
thank you for the advice!
Post # 98
My dress is tulle and a size 16. It was big when I picked it up and I’ m still loosing weight. Ultimately I was about 163 when I picked it up and am hoping to be about 135 by the time we get married…we still have a couple years to go. My question is how easy is it for a good seamstress to take in a tulle wedding dress and is that amount of work doable without ruining the look of the dress? I’ve attached a pic. Thank you for your feedback!
Post # 99
Thanks for your reply. You’re a sweetheart. 🙂
Post # 100
@Creiddylad: You are awesome for offering up your professional advice…
In your opinion:
1. Would it be possible to raise the waist? (i.e., make it so the skirt started at my finger tips instead of near my knees? I would like more flexiblity with walking) Or do you think the scaling will be different once I get a dress in my size (I’m wearing stock size, I think it was 12 or so, I’m getting a smaller size.. probably a 4 or 6.. I’m not sure the exact size because the dress shop owner took my measurements and I believe is ordering the size based off of that)
2. How hard would it be to posibbly deepen the sweetheart neckline and make the lace extend a little past the neckline border (kind of like a scalloped/lace edge instead of the straight edge it has now)?
Post # 101
Hmm, sounds like the dress is just too big around the top. Without seeing a picture I am not sure exactly what you could do, but perhaps it needs to be taken in at the sides, or right at the top of the breast area, those couple inches. I’m not sure doing a running stitch along the top will look too great– next time you try on the dress, pin the tops of the side seams in an inch on each side and see if that helps, and if it does, have it altered that way. 🙂
Thanks for the picture!
I think your style of dress is alterable, but if you lose that much weight, the bust area will need significant alteration (probably) along with shrinking the dress down the sides. So it’s possible, but it will probably be kind of expensive because of all the wrapping and pleating that will have to be undone and put back together, on the outside of the dress. Once your wedding is closer and you’re at or near your goal weight, take it to someone who’s good at altering fancy dresses and see what they say. You might want to take it to a couple places for different estimates. 🙂
1: Yes, definitely! As long as there is enough length in the skirt, the place where the pouffiness begins can be raised to wherever you want it. I have to warn you, it doesn’t look like the pouffy part of the skirt is long enough to reach the floor if the dress is altered so that portion of the skirt begins at your hip. But it looks like it can go higher than it is on the sample. It will be a little higher up in a smaller size, but probably not as much as you would like.
2: It is not hard to change the neckline. As long as you can get appropriately matching lace to add to the neckline, it’s very easy to ass lace edging. Can you ask the dress shop if they can order some extra lace along with the dress?
Post # 102
thanks alot for your insight… I will definitely ask the bridal salon if they can get extra lace. As for raising the pouffy part of the dress.. I asked about raising it not realizing that my hands were on my hips… I meant just raisingnit to where my figers feel naturally (like more around my mid thigh area) vs my knees.. I like the mermaid look I just wanted to have more flexibility to walk lol.. and it sounds like I can do it.. very exciting! Thanks so much 🙂
Post # 104
Thanks so much for offering your help to all of us! I have two questions- one about alterations after the fact and one about the shape of the dress.
I’m having my dress made by Jasmine’s and then shipped here to me in the US. Due to ongoing weight loss & my wedding date now being pushed back a bit (but my dress being close to done), it appears that closer to my wedding I will probably have to take my dress to a local seamstress to have final alterations done- most likely taking the dress in. I’m concerned about how difficult/costly this is going to be due to the princess seams and the beading. Question #1: Can you give me some insight on how difficult this is going to be?
My dress is basically this style but with different beading:
My beading is a mix of beads that are lightly scattered from head to toe of the dress. Below is a picture I sent them (using sample beads they sent to me) to illustrate how I wanted the beading to look.
So the end effect will be sort of similar to this.
Question #2: Below is a side-by-side of the inspiration dress and the dress as they’ve made it thus far. I had discussed with them making sure it was A-line but to me, the dress looks like it comes in some at the hips and then flares out… almost more like a fit and flare… causing extra fabric right at the seams (see below). I have a pear shaped body and do not want to accentuate my hips with a dress that is fit and flare. I feel like A-line is the most flattering shape for my body so this is of great concern to me. I’m also not sure why there is extra fabric at the seams unless they DID make it more fit and flare. Can you please give you opinion?
Do you think the shape is something I should address with them or is my untrained eye seeing things? LOL Also, someone had mentioned to me the beading weighting down that top layer of tulle and probably remedying that situation with the extra fabric at the seams but the beading is scattered and not large/chunky so now I’m wondering if it really will weigh it down that much.
Thank you so much for your help!
Post # 105
@Creiddylad: Am I too late to the party or are you still offerning this kind help?
I am wondering if my dress (Maggie Sottero Reba) can be made to look more like another Maggie dress that is similar to my layman eyes. Side ruching, a bubble hem, maybe a slip with some volume to add some fullness? First picture is the Reba, 2-4 is the look I’m going for. Thanks in advance!
Post # 106
Hello! I hope I’m not too late to this party, if you’re still answering questions, hopefully you can answer a quick general question about alterations? I made a separate post for this question before I remembered “hey, wasn’t there a seamstress answering questions?” Anyway, here goes:
I’m in the market for a used dress, so it comes with the territory that things will have to be altered. At what point would it be too much to alter a dress? Would it be completely stupid to buy a size 10 to alter it down to a 6? Or I guess maybe more accurately speaking, inch-wise, how many inches is too much where I’d be better off buying another dress altogether?
I also happen to favor lace and beading (SURPRISE! I kept on insisting that I didn’t like lace or bling…until I started trying on dresses, haha), so does that throw in another problem into the almighty alterations equation?
Thank you again for doing this! 🙂