Post # 1
I love this dress and am getting it about 40% of the original price, which is a little over a $1,000 below my overall budget. My wedding is in March 2013, so I feel better about purchasing this one off the rack versus being worried about another dress arriving on time or having to rush it. (Long story, but we moved our wedding date up 2 months, so I am now in a rush…) Couple of questions about alterations for this dress:
1) I want to have a keyhole added to this dress, because I love that look and I am not a big fan of myself in a strapless gown. They said they do additions like that all the time and you won’t be able to tell that it was an addition (they are a fairly large salon and have a large onsight alterations department,). Has anyone seen this done? What do you think?
2) The dress is about 3 inches too large in the waist, bust and hips. Again the salon said it would be easy to alter, but would like your thoughts on this. When I tried it on they only used the small clips, so I don’t feel like it was crazy “huge” (picture below with clips). Does this gown look like it would be able to be brought in 3 inches everywhere?
Upclose picture of detail
Please help! Appreciate any insight you can provide!
Post # 3
Wedding dresses are made to be altered, so taking the dress in should be no problem for an experienced seamstress. As far as the keyhole, it shouldn’t be too hard and again, and experienced seamstress should be able to make it look like a natural part of the dress. Dont be afraid to ask them questions and even do their best to show you what they are talking about and how they are going to do it. The more questions you get with answers you understand, means you have better communication with the seamstress and the better your dress will come out. Good luck. Let us know how it comes out.
Post # 4
This should be really easy to take in. No complicated ruching or pleats.
Are you talking about a keyhole that is just lace or has backing behind it? I’d be worried that it would look mismatched.
Post # 5
Thanks! This makes me feel better. I was a little worried!
@Ennie – They are going to do a “chantilly style” lace that matches the top with no backing (suggestion from the owner). They said they can get it super close if not almost exact. They will also be able to get a lace with the same type of scalloping as the neckline. The shop owner will be going to look for the lace this week. She is going to take pictures and then allow me to choose. There were a couple of dresses with the same style of lace in the store, so it seems like a pretty common lace…but I am just not sure. What do you think? Thanks!
Post # 6
First off, your dress is absolutely wonderful! It looks stunning on you! Second, a good seamstress should be able to alter this no problem. As someone else said, wedding dresses were made to be altered. You’re only taking it in by a few inches, so it should be fine.