Post # 1
I just went in for my first fitting and to my surprise, the dress fit almost perfectly except there was this weird bunching thing going on in the front that we couldn’t make go flat no matter what we did. Also, I’m considering a major alteration that might be pretty costly – going from A-Line to Drop Waist Trumpet. Here is what I need help with:
1. Bunching in the front – do you guys think they can do something about this in alterations? The lady told me yesterday that it was just how the material was, but I don’t buy that since it didn’t look like that when I first tried it on and was clipped in. See what I mean?
2. Petticoat – should I add a petticoat under or not?
This is without:
And this is WITH the petticoat underneath:
3. Major alteration! I wanted a drop waist trumpet (almost mermaid) type cut but ended up with this dress which is an A-Line, hoping I could modify it. I was told that it would be a complete structure change to the dress and though possible, it would be very costly and could cost up to $600 just for that change. Does this seem reasonable? This what I want it to end up looking like:
And this is what the back looks like now as an A-Line:
4. Last item – veil: I really want to wear a cathedral length lace edge veil like this ivory mantilla style that I tried on. I don’t want it to look Spanish or Catholic since I’m neither of those. My mom and mom in law, and the girls at the salon said it looked elegant and I really liked it too. What do you guys think??
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2015 - Diplomat Country Club
I say leave it and add a petticoat it looks beautiful on you and the petticoat adds that trumpet feel you like
Post # 4
The A line looks beautiful on you and the peticoat adds the umph you want.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t consider this an A line. It already has the shape you want its just not quite as tight at the back. The cinoline gives it that mroe mermaidy look and the veil is gorgeous!
Post # 6
Right, first things first. That bunching should get sorted. Its not supposed to look like that so they can sort it. It looks like where the 2 pieces of boning end, its sticking out. But in other photo’s it doesnt look so bad. I think if you hadnt mentioned it, we wouldnt have noticed. I personally prefer the dress without the petticoat and dont change it. If I’m honest, trumpet shaped dresses look better on girls with bigger hips and bum. As your nice and slim, I dont think it would suit you as much as the current shape. And i’m totally loving the veil on you. You look beautiful
Post # 7
leave as is, no crinoline, but i like the veil. 🙂
Post # 8
As is, but with a crinoline!
Post # 9
@sofiekitty: The dress looks beautiful as it is but I can see the bunching you mentioned at the waistline. I’m petite and little like you so I can understand you wanting a more fitted dress. I’d say have it altered to look more like the mother/daughter photo and put the petticoat underneath to give it more shape. You’re going to be a gorgeous bride!
Post # 10
As far as the veil goes, it’s beautiful, as well. However, if you have major alterations done to the dress, do you think it’ll hide the work you had done ?
Post # 11
Yes to petticoat and yes to veil.
Post # 12
Thank you everyone for your input so far! I called the salon and told them that I was unhappy with the bunching in the front and especially worried since the girl that helped me told me that the bunching was inevitable and that was just the way the material was and that alterations won’t help. They were very nice and told me to come back in asap so they can have someone with more experience take another look because it is NOT supposed to look like that. As for the alteration, I think I am going to see if they can take it in a bit more at the butt to make it look like the mommy and me picture and add the crinoline/petticoat. And thanks for all the input on the veil! I think I’m definitely going to go with it!
Post # 13
Ok so I went back to the salon to try it on again after I voiced my concern about the way it fit and the fact that they said it was un-alterable, and now I feel much better! This time, they actually tied me into the corset so the boob part actually fit right, and they also told me that the bunching in the front was easily fixable in alterations. Turns out my hips were a bit wide for the dress and were pulling the material so all they need to do is let the material out a bit. They also told me that they can remove the boning in the boob part of the dress and round out the cups so that they aren’t pointy anymore. They even said that I could alter it to a mermaid or trumpet sillouette if I wanted to and that would be no problem. I probably won’t get it quite as dramatic as it is in the picture below, but still tighter for sure. I’m happy now that they are going to be able to turn this dress into the dress of my dreams!! Also, I decided that a skinnier crystal belt (like I have on below) acsentuates my waist more and is more flattering…what do you guys think? And I tried on yet another lace veil, this time with wider lace and I just LOVED it!! Too bad it was $1100 for this veil 🙁 I will have to try and find a replica somewhere…
Post # 14
Ahh, wow it’s gorgeous! What they do to make your bust look bigger? I need the same thing done to my dress.
Post # 15
I was looking for one like yours and ended up going with the casablanca 1827 and modifying the silhoutte into a fit and flare. It was I an A-line originally. I didn’t want the full mermaid like in your second picture in your last post but more of a gradual flare.
It cost me about $300 with all my alterations including modifying the silhouette and adding cups.
A petticoat can help you achieve more of the fit and flare look you are going for without major alterations but I just had them sew in some zip in crindoline which was more subtle than the full petticoat that tends to give you more of a bell shape. And if I decided at anytime during the wedding, I didn’t want the extra crindoline in, i could just unzip it out! I did end up keeping it in the whole time though 🙂
I went with a skinnier belt and I agree with your thoughts on it.
I was concerned about bunching in the same area as you and did find that it inevitably did happen when I even slightly bent over. I do think it is hard for the material not to unless you stand straight the entire time. But I was able to just retouch any bunching I saw in our photos, which was nice!
Here are my before and afters. The first one is the model photo and then on me before, even though it was still clipped in back and then the finished product on our wedding day!
Post # 16
@sofiekitty: I love your dress, especially the neckline and the belt, I’m dying to see how it turns out after the alteration. It definitely looks better with the fitting meimaid style more.