@beetobe624: Hi! OK, so question #1: Taking in a dress with beading like that will definitely require careful treatment. It is possible, but will take a little longer and the cost will be equivalent with the time spent, because some of the beading may have to be removed, and the beading will need to be redone around the seams once the dress has decreased in size. It’s something that I think gets done pretty often when altering wedding dresses, so it’s not difficult, but it’s going to add some $ to the cost of your dress.
Question #2: It does look like they made the lower part of the skirt flare out more than the original. The also appear to have used fewer layers of tulle on your dress than was used on the inspiration dresses, which is why the lining is visible. I’d have them take in the flare in the lining some, so the transition between thigh area and lower skirt is smoother. Ask them to try leaving the tulle the way it is now, though, and to send you a picture with the lining taken in before they do anything to the tulle. I think the tulle part of the inspiration dresses is quite full, and if they took in the tulle on your dress, it would take away some of the design’s charm. If you don’t like the shape still, have them take in the tulle as well. I’d also look into getting them to add a couple more layers of tulle in the skirt, if they can/it doesn’t cost too much.
The beading will weigh the skirt down some, but I think the fabric beneath the tulle would still look like it stuck out too much even then. And looking at your pictures again, I really think there should ideally be more layers of tulle on the skirt!
Your dress is going to be beautiful! I really like the beading. 🙂
Yes, I am for now! I think I might close the thread soon though– I have too much going on and didn’t realize how popular this would be (duh)!
I think the Reba dress could be modified to look more like the other dress, probably. Is the Reba many inches (like more than 8) too long on you? It looks like that’s what it will take to give it a nice-looking bubble hem. If it is way too long, a bubble hem shouldn’t be too hard to add. Unfortunately, I don’t think the skirt of your dress has enough length, even if it several inches too long on you, to be ruched up the sides. Ruching takes in a huge amount of fabric. But take it to someone who can look at in person and ask them about this; there’s only a certain amount I can tell from looking at the picture and if someone could actually look at it, they might have a different answer. And, yes, you could try a slip with volume to make the skirt more full, but it will lose many of the pretty folds it has.
It seems like you might have needed to go with a dress with more in the way of skirt. . . the Reba appears to be designed to be fairly slim, and you’re liking a pretty fabric-heavy, voluminous style! Did you already buy the Reba? If you haven’t I’d say keep looking for something more like the other dress you like . . . BUT the Reba is beautiful as it is, too!
Altering a 10 down to a 6 should be possible. On certain styles. . . it would be a heck of a lot harder with a dress that has the popular draped/pleated overlay of thin fabric wound all over the bodice. What you’re liking, lace with beading, is easier, but the beading will have to be redone a little around the seams where the dress was altered down.
Other things to consider about altering lace dresses to be a lot smaller:
-If you are going to need the skirt to be shortened, get a dress that has a horizontal/semi-horizontal seam either at the waist, or somewhere along the length of the skirt. Without a seam somewhere between the waist and hem, it’s impossible to shorten a lace-border skirt because if hemmed, the pretty lace border gets cut off.
-Try to find something with a bust that fits you OK, even if other areas of the dress don’t (I don’t know if this is possible for you, but for some it is). The bust area of a dress is certainly alterable, but if altering it dramatically in size, the bodice will have to be pretty much taken apart in front which will take a long time and cost more.
-Dresses with lace patterns added and tailored to the shaping of the dress will be harder to alter because the pattern will have to be removed and sewn back on, or the way the pattern works will be changed. But many seamstresses could deal with this problem artistically so it’s not a huge deal. . . .
And remember, a 10 is not SO different from a 6. That’s actually only 2 sizes. So I think that would be doable, but may add more cost than you were hoping for to the dress– a couple hundred maybe?
It looks like the simplest bustle that could be done on your dress woud be a French bustle, or a pick-up bustle (have a look at the options on this website: http://www.leanna.com/Bustle/Bustles.shtml
— this will help you decide).
And yes, some of the lower pleats on the side of your dress could certainly be taken out. Some careful steaming and shaping, and maybe a little sewing in place, would turn them into additions to the pouffy area on the side of the skirt.
I like the first dress a lot! It looks really nice on you– and wow, $25 each? Can’t beat that!
I agree, the second one needs a bit of work. It shouldn’t cost a huge amount to have the neckline changed to a sweetheart– maybe $50-100? I imagine private seamstresses will tend to have more reasonable prices than the bridal shops. Cost of alterations depends hugely on area, so that’s a very rough guess.
Turning the corset back into a zipper back with or without buttons is going to cost more– a hundred to $250 maybe?? I have no idea about your area but if I did it it would probably end up costing $75-150. . . a big range I know. I’m sorry I don’t have a better estimate!
The second dress looks like, no matter whether you lose weight or not, the bust needs to be taken in. I agree that a sweetheart neckline would be good– it would be much prettier! And it would be nice if there was some beading there.
That is a lot of train! Because it is long, and is multiple layers of tulle, it is going to be very bulky when bustled– it will pouf out in back of you a good deal! Just so you know and are prepared. 🙂
I think it would be prettiest bustled with what this excellent website: http://www.leanna.com/Bustle/Bustles.shtml calls a “tufted bustle” (though that may not work with the expanse of unembellished tulle of your dress) or “Austrian bustle.” (Please have a thorough look around that website to see the different options and read about how bustling is done, that will help you decide what to go with!). If you like the Austrian bustle, Jasmine’s should add small metal loops at intervals along lines on the underside of the tulle layers, and in equivalent places on the underside of the lining, so the skirt can be drawn up with a ribbon as shown on that website.
Or, you could do some kind of pick-up bustle, like a French bustle or one of its many variations. In that case, the shop should add some hooks and eyes in appropriate places– but they’d be creating the bustle if they did that and I guess they refuse to do that for you? It might be simpler to take the dress to a seamstress once you get it and ask her what she can do.
It’s kind of stupid that they won’t do the bustling work for you when you asked them to! Not very good customer service, IMO!