(Closed) Can my dress be altered the way I want it to be?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

if you have a good seamstress anything can be modified. 

Post # 4
4913 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 7
1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Short answer is no. Long answer is yes, if you want to pay for some very, very expensive alterations. 

Post # 8
19 posts

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 # 10
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
1366 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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.

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