(Closed) Casablanca Alteration help!!?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

that’s nonsense!  the sizes they sell don’t fit *anyone* 100% (or at least it would be very rare).  i’m a casablanca bride and am getting mine altered – with all the layers and details, it could be tricky, but it is certainly doable.  just make sure to take it to a reputable shop, preferably one that has dealt with casablancas.  the shop i purchased mine from has an outside seamstress – when i called to make my alteration appointment and mentioned the few things that needed help, she mentioned it was a common alteration for that style and knew exactly what to do.

for the hemming, yours will need to be hemmed at the waist to preserve the lace detail at the bottom, so it may be more costly, but if you saved a ton on the dress, it should balance out.

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I purchased my Casablanca gown at a bridal shop.  They measured my bust, waist, hips and height.  When it came in, it fit in all those places except where my rib cage is.  Since I am not having surgery to remove one of my ribs, I have to get it altered.  The seamtress didn’t see a problem.  I will find out for sure when I get the dress back in a couple of weeks.  Your seamtress should be able to make the alteration especially since it is going down a size. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I paid extra to have my Casablanca gown custom cut to my height, because it has tons of beading and, although it COULD have been altered to fit me had it come in too long, the alterations would have ended up costing just as much (if not more) than the price to have it custom cut.  So to save the hassle of having a seamstress remove and replace all the beading once it was hemmed to my height, I just had it more customized. I still have to have it taken in a little at the waist and at the shoulders, too.  If your dress has detailed beading, be prepared for some alteration costs, but if it’s a less detailed dress, it should be no problem at all to have it hemmed!

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I wore casablanca 1900 in my wedding three weeks ago and absolutely loved it!

I’ve read online too where people say casablanca dresses cannot be altered.  This isn’t so with 1900 (don’t know about other dresses).

My tailor took the length up a few inches–this can’t be done at the bottom hem, because of the (beautiful!) lace.   However, it can be done at the waist; the satin waistband lifts up for this very purpose.

I also had my dress taken in around the bust.  This took some time, as the tailor had to remove all the beading, take in some at the side seams, and then replace the beading.

All of the alterations cost under $120 and were no big deal at all for my tailor.  I used a tailor recommended by the boutique where I bought my dress, and I’d think any experienced tailor could handle this type of alteration.

Good luck! 

p.s. a few of my pictures are up on my photog’s blog:   http://www.dodsonstudioblog.com/weddings/june-8-2008-catherine-ron/ if you want to see photos of 1900 in action!

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Ooh–I bet it would be lovely with a modified sweetheart neckline.

I’ve never that done on this particular dress (of course it hasn’t been out terribly long), but if my experience with having the top taken in is any indication, I bet your tailor is right–it’s probably very doable.

She/he would probably just remove the beading, make the change, and then re-bead like my lady did, and if I hadn’t known about the alterations, I would’ve sworn the beadwork hadn’t been touched–you couldn’t tell at all.

Good luck with the dress–I’m sure it’s going to be gorgeous!

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

nope, totally not true. I had the casablanca 1818 (its a trumpet style dress) and like you i had to alter it down to a size or two. i actually had the bust, hips and hem altered and it turned out fine. i think it has more to do w/ the alterations place you pick. good luck!

Post # 10
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Wannabee

I would like to buy used Casablanca 1900 in bridal size 6-10. If you still have yours and would like to sell, please let me know. Thanks

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Franny is right.  I’m getting the Casablanca 1900 and my seemstress told me that if it was too long, she would take up at the waistband.  I’m hoping mine fits as is, but it can be done.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Can people please post pictures of themselves in this dress. I got this dress too, but I am curious to see it in action!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I had my first fitting yesterday!  Sorry, no pictures.  The dress came in too long and too big in the waist and bust.  I am also having cups sewn in because I wasn’t able to find an undergarment that didn’t peek out over the top of the dress (these are probably unecessary since the bust is pretty stiff, but I felt more comfortable with the cups).  So I have to have quite a few alterations.  Just FYI, my seamstress is charging $325. It’s not cheap.

 Also, what is people’s take on the bustle?  The store told me I should do a traditional style bustle as opposed to french (in order to show off the lace).  At the fitting, my seamstress showed me traditional, french, and what she called a multiple layer french, where the lace was tucked up independently of the satin underlay.  I like the multiple layer french the best.  I’ll try to remember my camera next time to share pics!

 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Newbee

I would like to buy used Casablanca #1900 wedding gown at size 0-2. Anyone who is interested to sell yours, please let me know. Thanks.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am interested in buying casablanca 1900 in size 8 or 10 if anyone is wanting to sell…

THANKS

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Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I wore this dress, ivory lace over champagne, for my wedding on 11/7. Here’s a pic…I’m a street size 14, the dress was originally a 20 (the only one I could get in time), and fitted to me. I’m 5’2, with an addl 2″ for heels. The seamstress didn’t cut it at the waist, just folded it in, in order to shorten it, so it may be able to be let out. French bustle, measurements 42, 35, 42. Please contact me if you are looking for a used one and this may fit. : )

Asking 600. Hasn’t been cleaned, but only the underside of the skirt is dirty…that’ll happen when you wear it too. : P

Oh, I forgot to add that I made my bouquet out of clay (woohoo!), and beaded my veil. : )
Yes, I’m willing to make them for other brides, too. I miss the wedding crafting already! : )

 

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