Post # 1
Ladies, I need some help! My fiancé and I planned our wedding for 2012, but after some issues and realizing I didn’t have enough time to plan, we decided to push it off. We are now getting married this June 🙂 I bought my dress in 2012 when I was a size 14. I LOVED my dress and said yes, even though it was the only one I tried on! I still love it but I’m now a size 9/10 and it’s not fitting the same (obviously). I still love it, but only from the top of my midsection down =( I don’t love the neckline or the cap sleeves & I think it would look better as a strapless dress.
I have no idea how long these kinds of alterations would take…taking it in, fixing the sleeves (if that’s even possible), how much they would cost (my fiancé and I are paying for everything except the food and the DJ, so I’m on a budget). I want to have enough time to have a last fitting before my wedding and not have to worry about it for the next few months =\
I need opinions…try to get the dress altered in time or get a new dress all together? I’ll attach a picture of my current dress, bought at David’s Bridal.
Post # 2
It’s beautiful and a good professional seamstress will be able to alter it to fiT. Don’t take the sleeves off you will ruin he whole look.
Post # 3
I would recommend taking it into David’s Bridal asap to discuss alteration time frame and costs and if they can even take it in that much. Knowing that should help you determine what to do. Although, if you still love your dress I would just get it altered now. If you buy a new one, chances are that you will end up having to get that one altered as well anyways.
Post # 4
Because of all of the beadwork, the more you alter on the dress, the more expensive it’s going to be. Just have the dress taken in and leave the sleeves. Congratulations on losing all that weight btw! I just started dieting and exercising, but I need to get down to your size!
Post # 5
I really like it. Such beautiful lace. I like the sleeves, it looks very elegant. I think it’s more than worth it to get an alterations quote.
Post # 6
I don’t know if it would even be possible to take the sleeves off. The dress doesn’t look like it has the structure to be a strapless dress.
Post # 7
I’d look into a seamstress just not davids bridal unless they can guarantee if for june. I went to buy Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and the woman told me it could take up to 14 weeks to get altered with it being wedding season.
Post # 8
I’m not seeing cap sleeves, just straps. I feel like I’m missing something. At any rate, this style is so flattering and gives good support for the girls. I would not get rid of the straps. No structure but also the line just might not work with empire waist. That’s a hard look to pull off (strapless empire). It doesn’t work on everyone.
eta you could ask about changing the straps to crystals or something more delicate if that would help.
Post # 9
Congrats on your weight loss! When you have a new body all of your clothes will fit you differently. Your dress is gorgeous! Consider consignment shops in your area. Not only can you sell your gown to a bride that can fit it better but you may find an amazing dress that is very affordable. You may be able to find a dress that is brand new or a sample that will fit you like a glove off the rack! They also have preowned gowns that are clean and gorgeous. I went to one with a friend and she found a $2500 gown for $850. even though she didnt get it, the experience changed my mind about preowned wedding gowns.
Post # 10
you don’t really have a lot of time. I would take it to a reaaly good seamstress to see if they can alter it?
Post # 11
I bought my dress 5 years ago… now, i hate the straps and it’s too big. Same situation. I took it to an awesome seamstress in my area about 3 weeks ago, she is removing the straps, turning it in to a sweetheart neckline, and taking it in an inch all over, also adding a bustle, for $325. Hopefully that will give you a good ball park. I thought it was incredibly reasonable. I have very intricate stitching and beading that she will have to redo as well. I should have it back in 2/3 weeks. Getting married April 18th, so I think you still have time, but I’d get it in soon.
Post # 12
Thank you so much to everyone that added their thoughts 🙂 I would hate to ruin the dress by eliminating the straps, but they are too loose and I don’t like the way they fit now. I’m going to call some alteration shops and see what can be done with it 🙂
I really appreciate everyone’s opinions!