Post # 1
Just got back from my seamstress, and there is something about the way my dress is shaped that I’m not crazy about. I feel like I look bigger/shorter/wider than in other dresses I have tried on. Plus, after alterations, my dress looks boxier. *sigh* Here is the dress so far:
I thought I could just take it in more…but then it just seems like it accentuates my hips even more:
Here is another dress I tried on months ago that seems to look more slimming (to show as an example of how I think a dress should look on me:
Not sure what needs to be changed? Also, since I am having a destination wedding, Id like for my dress to not look as “heavy”…has anyone ever altered their dress or have seen someone alter their dress so that only the underlayer is taken in so that the outer layer overlay can sort of swing and sway more?
I actually love the silhouette, cut, and “lightness” of the dress below…is there any way to alter my dress so that it could look similar to this dress?
Any advice, suggestions, thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
Post # 3
Have you thought about having your seamstress pin it so you can see what it looks like as a true mermaid? Part of the boxiness might come from the fact that it looks like it should come in more around the thighs/knees than it does?
Post # 4
@indecisivebee: Definitely think it just needs to be taken in a bit more around the hips to make it more the shape of the second pic. You have an awesome figure so a little more of a mermaid shape will definitely accentuate it better. Gorgeous dress BTW!
ETA: Just noticed the title…your hips do NOT look wide missy!
Post # 5
She tried to, but it was hard for me to visualize if it looked better that way…and then was afraid to commit to having her cut it that way until I was sure that was the best move. I think I need some input from other people to see what you all think needs to be done before I go back to her
Post # 6
I was thinking the same thing… It looks like it needs to come in more at the thighs/Knees. Also, in the second dress you show us… It appears that the neckline goes further up your body. That could allow for you to look longer, therefore slimmer. I don’t know if that would be possible at all at this point… But I definitely think bringing in at the thighs will help you more! Either way, you look gorgeous! Great dress, and great body!
Post # 7
+1 agree totally that is what it needs.
A lace dress with beading (that is what it looks like to me) is just generally heavier looking that a plain fabric dress (is it tafetta?).
Post # 8
Thanks for all your input ladies! I’ll see what she can do taking it in more…i am just afraid it will look TOO mermaidy and accentuate my hips even more! I’m not sure what the plain fabric dress is made from…it actually almost felt like some sort of cottony material!
Post # 9
Can you add a sparkly belt to draw the eye up?
Post # 10
Aren’t mermaids supposed to accentuate curves? I think it looks just fine. Except, as a PP pointed out, it could go higher at the neckline. It seems too low, which does shorten your appearance. Pretty dress!
Post # 11
I think a sparkly sash/belt will nip you in at the waist, it will give you more definition! You have a great figure and I personally feel that’s all you need to complete the look.
Post # 12
I think you want conflicting things. You don’t want it to look boxy, but yet you also don’t want it to accentuate your hips?
The dress is fabulous as it is… I can see your curves (good curves!) and it doesn’t look boxy at all.
Post # 13
@indecisivebee: I think you should make it even more of a mermaid b/c you have great curves…..why not show them off!!
There is another bee on here who made her lace dress more of a mermaid……her user name is sophiekitty….(I think) I will have to search for the post…..her dress was stunning and your dress is similar to hers!
Edit…..here is a link to her dress in the gallery. If you scroll all the way down you will see she had it altered to be more of a mermaid
Augusta Jones Jessie – My Dress!
Post # 14
I’m not going to be any help, because I LOVE hips and think you look a billion times sexier in the first photo so I’d say don’t you dare change it you silly thing! lol. The whole point of mermaids is to accentuate and/or create oh-so-sexy curves!
Edit: by first I mean either of the first two, as opposed to the one you think looks slimming
Post # 15
Is there any boning in the dress? I know in mine, being that I am so short, the boning comes down farther on my hips that it should. It makes my hips look sorta boxy. I haven’t had my dress altered yet but that will be one of the things that will be done.
Post # 16
@indecisivebee: they don’t! with that silouette you’re going to see your hip line