Dress Alteration Advice – Please help :(

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I’m really sorry that the seamstress was so rude to you, how unprofessional.

I’m not a seamstress so I couldn’t tell you if this is feasible for sure, its tough to say. It looks like that lace extends all the way through the body of the dress, so maybe it could work if you could find the matching lace?

Post # 3
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Any seamstress who tells you it is impossible and you’re stupid isn’t worth your time. However, having just had alterations on my dress finally completed, I think any good seamstress needs to see the dress first. Materials vary so much dress to dress, as does the way they are sewn – they really can’t tell you what is feasible or not without seeing the dress.

Post # 5
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My dress had an illusion neckline and lace sleeves, so good choice! 🙂

I’m guessing a bit here, but I’m pretty sure that there isn’t enough structure built into the dress so that it can stay up on its own (i.e. without the neckline and sleeves). Usually you need a pretty tight bodice and/or boning or you risk the dress sliding down all night. For that reason, I really recommend getting matching lace from David’s and having a (very good) seamstress redo the top with the sleeves you want. I think having a separate top and a strapless dress underneath is going to give you some fit issues. 

FWIW, I gained some weight after I ordered my dress, so the seamstress had to chop off the top and redo the neckline and sleeves for me. If it’s done well, you shouldn’t be able to tell. Here’s a pic of mine.

Post # 6
433 posts
Helper bee

 I’m not a seamstress but here is my opinion. I do not think your dress is designed to hold up by itself., plus your lace patterns are big so I m not sure if you can remove the illusion neckline. I was thinking may be you could cuz off the sleeves and add  3/4 sleeves withmatching tulle. I do not think they will be able to add lace as the lace has to match the dress and the lace in this dress is very different.

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