Post # 1
I absolutely LOVE the Vera Wang gown Anne Hathaway wore in the movie "Bride Wars". Before I even saw the movie, I saw a VERY similar dress (trumpet, taffeta, ivory, off the shoulder) in a magazine and was in awe. So I guess it’s safe to say this style (Anne Hathaway’s dress that probably costs $$$$$) is my DREAM dress, but let’s face it, I am getting married in the Bay Area and am already on a tighter than tight budget as it is. =/
The first time I went dress shopping, I found this beautiful ivory draped all over, trumpet taffeta gown at DB, within my budget BUT strapless..darn….My question is…How hard is it to find the matching material and if I found a good seamstress, would it be possible to add the "sleeves" to it so it looks like the sleeves actually came with the dress and not "attached"??? I don’t have the budget to have dress remorse and buy another dress so I was hoping to get a little input and feedback from the bees 🙂 So be honest…how close could I actually come to turning my budget friendly David’s bridal dress into my dream? Am I envisioning too much?
The first picture is of my dress (I ordered it in Ivory)
The second picture is what I want it to look like.
Post # 3
Design the dress yourself based on what works with your frame and have a local seamstress sew it for you.
Post # 4
It’s entirely do-able! A reputable seamstress should have access to a matching fabric.
Post # 5
i don’t believe it would be very hard at all, can you ask davids to order extra fabric? that’s one of my faves too btw!!
Post # 6
If you are needing a hem you may already have access to extra fabric. I was scrambling for fabric before my alterations to send to my bolero maker as a sample, but afterwards I was drowning in it! (I’m 5’4″ and was forced to order a size 10!)
Post # 7
Sometimes you can order extra fabric from the designer. Call the place you ordered from & find out. Then talk to a seamstress. You want to order the fabric from the same place as the dress so it will come from the same dye lot.
Post # 8
It’s entirely doable! A reputable seamstress should have access to fabric that matches.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Definitely doable! Your dress is already so pretty, but it’ll look great with the modifications you’ve got in mind!
Post # 10
That’s my dress too! I would check and see if you can order extra fabric or order a “long” and use that? A good seamstress will be able to make it happen! Good Luck!
Post # 11
Absolutely doable. David’s Bridal may even be able to do it – but you may want to take a look at some of Mrs. Avocado’s post… they ordered extra fabric and added more sleeve-ish areas to her dress. Her sister recently got married, and turned what I believe was a strapless dress into a beautiful sleeved dress.
Post # 12
Thanks so much bees! 🙂 I am feeling more excited than ever!! FutureFisher, you’re gonna look beautiful in the dress! Love it!!!
Post # 13
Agreed, totally doable May. Just see if you’ll need the hem and meet witha seamstress and bring pics! 🙂
Post # 14
You can totally get that done, I would just use a really good seamstress so she doesn’t mess up your dress and your vision!
Post # 15
I emailed a local seamstress who got very good reviews on Yelp and I believe she is mentioned on projectwedding.com as well. I attached pictures, explained what I wanted and asked for a ballpark estimate. To my surprise, she quoted $75 to add the draped sleeves and another $75-100 to take the dress in a size (in case I lose the stubborn 10 lbs I want to lose before May! err hehe) I think this is very reasonable! She asked me to take the dress in so she could help find fabric. Excellent!!! 🙂
Thanks again Bees! I will keep everyone updated!!