Post # 1
Hey everyone! First time posting, so if I am not 100% on point with the board etiquette I apologize. I am looking for advice on how to approach getting the sleeves on my dress altered. I called around to a few seamstresses and had mixed opinions. Some seamstresses sounded confident they could do the work but needed to see the dress first while others said what I want is totally impossible (one went so far to tell me that I was “stupid” and “asking a stupid question”…) so I hope that helps put in to perspective why I am looking for your opinions as I am more stressed about these sleeves now than I should be! I’m curious what you guys would think so I have a better idea of what to ask for and how to ask before I make any more calls or visit anyone. The last thing I want is another rude woman telling me I’m asking stupid questions again
I bought this dress. I love the lace details and the illusion top but I really want 3/4 sleeves more than anything. I originally was just going to have the sleeves lengthened but instead I think I want the illusion top and sleeves removed altogether so I can by a separate off shoulder lace topper with 3/4 sleeves that I can wear over the dress. Would you gals think this is feasible for this dress? If not what would you advise to try instead?
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
mkbee : funny story, the business has a few google reviews and 4 out of 5 were 5 stars but 1 was 1 star. The reviewer said she was incredibly rude and made them feel stupid. Another review on yelp said she asked them “Are you f*cking stupid??” I had figured they were one offs and I’d give her a shot but now I know otherwise… lol
I can get the extra material from Davids, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Thank you for taking the time to help me out!
Post # 5
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
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.