Dress question

posted 2 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
597 posts
Busy bee

mooglettes :  I think all you can do is take it to a seamstress and see what can be done. A professional will have the best sense of whether the dress can be salvaged and what alterations might be possible to make it fit better. 

I have to say, a $5k dress for $200 would have raised some red flags for me. 2nd hand gowns in good condition can sell for as much as 75% of their original price. I know it’s too late, but this might end being a costly lesson in “If it seems too good to be true…” 

Sorry this happened. Hopefully a pro can help and make the dress workable.

Post # 3
1716 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

mooglettes :  oh wow. Ok. Well firstly, you might be able to get the dress cleaned and restored. Look up dress preservationists – they can properly clean and repair a dress (you don’t want to take it to your local dry cleaners). They can likely get the lace looking white (or close enough) to it again. But they’re $$$ – like, you’re looking at maybe $500 to clean and repair the gown. 

Sizing is a whole other story. Before paying to have the dress cleaned, take it to a seamstress and talk to her to see if she can make it fit you (you can also ask her about whether she is concerned about the holes). 

Sematresses don’t typically have lace lying around – but your cleaner should be able to clean it, so that’s not your primary worry. 

Post # 4
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I am skeptical as to wether it was dry cleaned because why would there be twigs stuck to it if it was. Either that or she just found the cheapest place that would dry clean a wedding dress. It might or might not be worth attempting to dry clean it because it is costly. You could take it to a place that specializes in dry cleaning wedding dresses and see what they say. I would attempt to do what I’m going to write below before you dry clean though. 

As for the holes and the hem: I would see if you can get your hands on more of this lace from the designer. I don’t think you can  do this yourself and it has to be through a bridal salon but it’s worth a shot because if you can, then that’s the solution to the hem and I’m sure a seamstress can patch the holes strategically with matching lace. 

If you are not able to get matching lace, then take it to a seamstress that not only alters wedding dresses but custom makes them as well. They may be able to source lace that is close enough to yours and fix the issues. 

A corset back may fix your issue of it not fitting at the top. Again this is where a very skilled seamstress comes in. They can work magic! Good luck bee 

Post # 5
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

mooglettes :  Cut your losses and start looking for another dress. There are so many issues with this dress, that it’s not worth the time or money you’d have to spend on it to make it at least presentable.

Post # 6
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’d cut my losses too, sounds like there are too many things wrong with the dress! $200 is not too painful to pay for this mistake.

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