Post # 1
When I went dress shopping I knew I wanted an off-the-shoulder style and I ended up buying one the first day. The next day I was having serious regrets that it wasn’t exactly what I wanted and I should have kept looking. My only complaint about the dress is the waistline… I love the way drop waist looks on me but this dress hits higher on me and I feel like because I have bigger hips it just makes me look wide rather than showing off my curves. To add to everything, the dress I tried on was huge on me so when I got my actual dress in I thought it looked so different on me. I purchased the dress in another state so I need to find a seamstress either near me or my parents to alter it. I can’t afford to buy a new dress so I’d really like to make this one work. Really, I love it except for the waistline.
So after all that, my question is whether the waistline can be dropped some.. Even just an inch will make a difference to me. The dress does have boning in it but I really don’t mind if it stays or not.. I could just buy a corset with boning to wear underneath if I need. There is some room in it as I was between sizes, so I need it taken in at the sides and the sleeves and I need it hemmed. I should also add that they didn’t clip it in any places for this picture and I wasn’t wearing the right bra so the sleeves and bust look weird. Anyway, what do you think… Can the waist be lowered?
here are some pics of my actual dress (not the sample):
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
if you have a good seamstress anything can be modified.
Post # 4
IDK the answer to that, but WIDE?! Where?! lol you look very thin in this dress!
ETA: Consider adding more poof on the bottom with a crinoline under the skirt and I bet that would make your waist look even tinier.
Post # 5
The waist can’t be dropped (they leave no seam allowance for it), but the illusion of a lower waist can be made by replacing the bodice fabric with a longer piece that covers over the seam. It basically entails stripping the bodice down to its linings and interfacing, and replacing the fabric on the entire left side of the gown. The fabric would then be pleated just like it is now, but the pleating would extend lower on the body.
You will need to order matching fabric from the designer to do this. Ballpark cost, depending on where you live should be $150 +
Post # 6
To MayaBean, you seem like you know more about sewing than I do… What if I had the bottom “fold” of the bodice taken out? I don’t really like the angle of it anyway.. Would that leave enough fabric to drop the waist a bit? It needs to be taken in at the sides anyway. Let me know what you think and thanks for your help everyone!
Post # 7
Short answer is no. Long answer is yes, if you want to pay for some very, very expensive alterations.
Post # 8
You should be able to have an experienced seamstress take out the bottom fold of the bodice in order to lengthen it, but the other layers of lining and interlining would need to be extended as well, since they don’t have the fold. This would probably involve inserting a section of lining fabric between the bodice lining and skirt lining at the waist seam. (Some gowns have a lining that just flows from top to bottom with no waist seam, but I can’t tell if yours is constructed that way.) The trickiest part would be the back of the bodice since it has a zipper and buttons to contend with. It wouldn’t surprise me if these types of alterations amounted to more than you want to pay. To be honest, the proportions of the gown seem to fit your figure just fine–once the obvious alterations are done, you will look very elegant and classy for your wedding. Hope you have a wonderful day!
Post # 9
Thank you all for your help, especially cookiecutter15 for your detailed explanation. When I look for a seamstress I will certainly ask how much it will cost to do that, but if she isn’t able to do it in the price range I’m willing to spend, I’ll skip it. Thanks again everyone!
Post # 10
Don’t drop it. Drops waists *usually cut people off in an unflattering place (splitting the body neatly in two causes). Your gown is really elegant and sophisticated. And a little bit preppy!
Post # 11
I love this dress! I think it will look so pretty once you get it taken in that you won’t feel the need to drop the waist. It could be fun to add the crinoline to give it more “poof” on the bottom and that’s probably a quick and inexpensive change. You will look classy & elegant either way!
Post # 12
@lauraadorak: I’m not a seamstress, so I’m not sure if the waist can be lowered. However, I do feel like the sleeves could be fitted properly and I’m sure the dress could be hemmed. I think a flower or brooch might look nice attached to the where the skirt and waist are attached, placed a little left to the center. Also, a nice necklace will enhance the neckline, as well. Other than that, I think the dress looks nice. It’s simple elegance.