Post # 1
Dress shopping has become a bit of a pain lately. They are all pretty -i can’t decide! I found this gorgeous dress that was a mermaid fit & it was asymmetrical with a bow on one shoulder. The problem was it was very far out of my price range (go figure!!) I didn’t even bother trying it on but the more I got to thinking, the more I’m thinking that it would be pretty easy to do. Could I not get a strapless mermaid style dress & add a strap & bow. I do not want it to look "put together" but how hard could it be????
any suggestions? Could an alteration place even do something like that?
Post # 3
In theory that type of alteration would not be that difficult. However, unless you are a professional seamstress, I would recommend letting an alterations place do that change for you. If you order a lower cost dress with some extra material, then you could use that extra material to make a strap/bow and it would match. But it would depend on the design of the dress whether it would look thrown together or not. Could you show us pictures of the dress you are thinking of emulating and then a possible lower-cost contender that you would alter?
Post # 4
A seamstress would definitely be doing the work!! Here are some pics:
this one is the pic of the dress that I want:
Sassi Holford – Stella
here is one that I tried on later in the day. I like it – but not nearly as much as the asymmetrical:
I feel like it would be toohard – but my friend just pointed out – i need to weigh the costs of the dress, alterations, AND the changes vs. the orginal.
Post # 5
Wow, the Sassi Holford dress is gorgeous! So is the Maggie dress. However, I am uncertain if the one-shoulder bow alterations would work on this Maggie Sottero dress. What makes the Sassi Holford dress work is that the material on the bust tapers to a point, ending in the bow on the shoulder.
In contrast, the Maggie dress is cut straight across the bustline, meaning there is no extra fabrice to extend upward to the shoulder. To have some there you would need to have a big seam right where the dress’s original bustline and the new strap intersect and I don’t think that would look good.
Maybe if you want to pursue this alteration you could find a dress with straps like you like and then alter the neckline down to a one-shoulder look instead of up from a strapless to a one-shoulder. Alternatively, I’m sure there are other one-strap mermaid gowns out there for less money. Have you had any success looking?