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

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Post # 107
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40 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 

 

What’s the most simple bustle that can be done with this? I assume I’m going to be looking at quite a bit for alterations because it’s about 2 sizes too big, so for cost purposes I’ll be wanting the cheapest (so I assume that’ll also be the most simple) bustle.  

Also, the pleats go down very far on me.. am I going to have to leave it like that, or will a couple of those be possible to take out without messing up the shape of the skirt?

Post # 108
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Creiddylad:  Hey Creiddylad! So I just bought my two wedding dresses this past weekend! They were $25 each on clearance at a sample store. The first dress I’m posting is a blush A-line, which I feel like won’t need any alterations except for shortening the hem and tightening the dress if I lose weight (which hopefully happens!). It’s pretty perfect.

The second dress, however, needs some work. (Don’t mind my pose, I was trying it on at home really quickly just for a picture and didn’t have good posture, so it doesn’t look as nice as it really does). It originally had embellishments on the top, which somehow came off in its time at the bridal shop. It didn’t leave any markings, though, so thats good! What do you think it would cost to add either a semi- or a full-sweetheart neckline? Which do you think would look better?

Also, I don’t really like corsets. If I don’t lose weight, I’ll have to keep it, but if I’m able to lose weight, do you know approximately what it will cost to remove the corset and add a zipper? Maybe buttons as well? 

Thank you so much for creating this thread!

Post # 109
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Wannabee

You are so very sweet to offer your expert advise!

We are getting this dress from Jasmines, it will have a lining, but  has an all tulle bottom — they are not putting a way to bustle it, although we requested it.

We have to  take it to a seamstress, but what is the best way to bustle a train that is all tulle?

Is there anything we can request now that would make it easier to have the ability to bustle it?

Thanks,

 

Mindy

Post # 110
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817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Creiddylad:  Alright, I’ve got an alterations/modification question!

I have a Pronovias petunia.  It’s awesome.  The only thing I don’t love is the waistline:

 

I feel like a more natural waist is the way to go for me.  I’ve been thinking about a sash (and I’ve seen some really pretty ones), but I feel like the dress already has so much detail, and I don’t want to be overwhelmed by it.

Do you think it would be possible to add another panel across the waistline, so the bust looks more like this:

Thanks so much!

Post # 111
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486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Creiddylad:  Thank you!! I DO have a question! My “train” isn’t too long, and I’m wondering what kind of bustle you think would look best…

Post # 112
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Creiddylad:  This is an awesome thread. I am wanting my dress turned into a sweet heart neckline…How much would you think is fair for me to spend on this?

Post # 114
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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Creiddylad:  Hi- this is exactly the thread I needed! I bought a tea length gown at Davids Bridal- photo 1. It is an a-line style and it is ‘traditional’ tea length. I want to bring it up to 27″ BUT I don’t want to lose the plain netting on the bottom (the embellishments fade towards the bottom of the dress) so I don’t want her to hem from the bottom. I also want to create a gathered waist like in photo 2 so it is even more retro style. SO, my question is, can the waistline be altered to make it more ball gown waisted (?) to define the waist and preserve the bottom of the dress when altering the length? If it helps, the dress has a corset so the top is already fitted perfectly to my natural waist. Thank you SOOOO much!!

Post # 115
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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Creiddylad:  Imeant to say that dress 1 is coresetted, or has boning, on the inside of the bodice- NOT a corset back that cinches. It has a zipper up the back.

Post # 116
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47 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Creiddylad:  This is amazing!  How generous of you to offer your time.  I have a question for you.  I bought my dress thinking that I wouldn’t loose any weight, but I did and I lost it all from my belly and hips so the dress that used to fit perfectly is now too big in the hip area.  Because it is a corset it still fits great until right below my waist where it is a bit too big.  Is it possible to have just the hips taken in?  My seamstress told me it wasn’t due to the beading around the corset and the way my skirt starts so abruptly exactly where it is too big.  

This picture is me wearing the sample size which was a little too small, but now would fit just right.   I don’t have a picture of me in the dress from the back, but you can see with the model how the beading lines the corset.

Thanks!!!

Post # 117
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Creiddylad:  would most seamstresses be able to hem this dress? With the intricacy of the bottom I am nervous it will be difficult to find a seamstress to work with it!

Post # 118
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4 posts
Wannabee

Thanks for doing this! I have seen quite a few questions already asking about turning a straight neckline into a sweetheart but is it possible to go the other way around?

 

 

Thank you!

Post # 119
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15 posts
Newbee

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Creiddylad:  Hello there!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a quick question. Someone in this site gave me the great idea of lifting up the skirt of my wedding dress to have it get rid of the line which i’m not too crazy about….What do you think? do you think it’s possible, and is it normally expensive to do this? I want to make the dress into something more fuller….It looks so limp to me right now and it makes me really stressed out and sad ๐Ÿ™ I want a more princessy look…

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