Dress alterations

posted 6 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
7067 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Girl, I have no idea what you are talking about because you look fabulous in that dress! I think you just look flawless to be honest and trying to change the shape would be a mistake.

Post # 3
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - Emerald at Queensridge

Omg. You do NOT need to lose weight. You look so so so fantastic! We actually have really similar dresses. 🙂 I think the fit looks great the way it is.

Post # 4
150 posts
Blushing bee

You look beautiful!

Post # 5
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

vettechnesa :  well, to be technical about it, your dress already is a trumpet, not a fit and flare. Both a mermaid and a fit and flare are tight and then flare our dramatically – the only difference is where the flare starts (mermaid is around the knee, fit and flare is the thigh). 

But it sounds like you want to make it a bit tighter around your butt. It might be possible – it’s definitely not obviously impossible – but it really depends on the dress itself and it’s construction. This is very much “you need to ask your seamstress” territory because only she can look at he dress closely enough to tell you. 

Post # 6
2892 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Your butt looks good… And I don’t just go around saying that. 

Post # 11
805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

You look gorgeous!

So from a seamstress’s perspective on your question…  Is it possible to make it more fitted around the butt/hips?  Most likely unless the constrution of the dress is really atypical.  HOWEVER with the amount of beading on your dress many seamstresses will be reluctant to do it AND it will likely cost big money.  

Post # 12
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

vettechnesa :  haha no worries! So many people conflate mermaid/fit and flare/trumpets (: 

you look great, but I do think it would look better if it could be tightened around your upper thighs – I don’t think it necessarily needs a bigger flare, just that you need the silhouette to get a bit narrower after your hips to show off your hourglass shape, rather than dropping down from the widest point of you like it is now, if that makes sense. The way it is droppimg now isn’t exactly unflattering, but it is making you look a bit wider than you are – brining it in a bit will make you more shapely. Talk with your seamstress and see what she says. If the beading is appliqué, then it’s likely cheaper than if the beading is sewn directly to the bodice. 

Post # 13
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

You look gorgeous!!!! And your bum looks great (lol, sounds so weird to say to another girl). That dress is stunning too!!! Love all the beading, and then the tulle at the bottom just looks so soft and romantic! The veil looks perfect, too. Did you choose that one?

Post # 14
1026 posts
Bumble bee

I think your guests will love your look, don’t worry about it 🙂

I do!

Post # 15
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

vettechnesa :  I agree with all the ladies here – you look amazing in this dress!

As for fitting the thigh a bit closer – it looks like you have the two side seams and the back seam only with the beading appliqued on, yes? I mean for the outside organza only, not the underlays – those can be brought in with zero issue.

If so, this is actually a pretty straighforward alteration, for an experienced seamstress. I say this because wedding dresses like yours, although complex on the internal structure, on the outer most layers the seaming is very simple to accomodate the specific measurements of a bride – yay ready to wear sizing!

Alternately, you could get a mermaid petticoat to poof out the bottom and adjust the proportions that way.

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