(Closed) Help! Dress Regret…

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Alterations, as-is, or new dress?
    Keep the dress and just get the original alterations I planned : (11 votes)
    46 %
    Keep the dress, originally planned alterations, and somehow remove pick-up : (5 votes)
    21 %
    Keep dress, original alterations, remove pick-ups, add lace to train *deep breath* : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Buy new, cheaper gown, offend MOB terribly, my mop-headed brother takes favored child spot ;) : (4 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
    349 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Honestly, that sounds like a LOT of alterations. If the top alone would cost $800 to fix, then you’d probably be looking at over $1000 when it’s all said and done. For that money, you can find a dress that has all the qualities you want (no straps, no pickups, lace on train..) and not have to deal with the stress of trying to change the dress you have. Did the store not tell you until after you bought the dress that the alterations would cost that much? If so, those are some sleazy sales people… 


    The shape of the dress is really lovely, though. Would love to see a pic with the straps on your shoulders..I’m sure it looks great that way, too!

    Post # 4
    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Ms.Shepherd:  I think you should just worry about the straps and the lace applique (plus the alterations that go with removing straps – waist, back, etc)…trying to redo pickups can be messy. I worked in a wedding salon for a while, and changing/removing pickups, especially on a dress with taffeda material (which yours looks like to me), even satin, ALWAYS leaves marks. On the plus side, it’s super easy to bustle your train if you have pickups.

    Post # 5
    2122 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

    My dress had similar scraps like that; I sewed then over the top and took off some beading myself and sewed down my own straps to be hidden behind. Any chance you can DIY it? Then I think your train is perfect as it is!

    Post # 6
    1069 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Definitely shop around for alterations. That seems a LOT to me for just removing some straps and making a few adjustments to the lace and waist/back. Even at Kleinfeld’s it was cheaper than that for all the alterations you wanted.

    Instead of getting lace added to the train, you could just get a lace mantilla veil. I got mine from Jasmine’s for about $80.

    Post # 8
    363 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Ms.Shepherd:  yes, pleats COULD hide any marks the pickups would leave, however, (sorry to say) your pickups are very low on the back of your dress, and letting them out would make your dress a few inches longer and you would need pleats almost all the way at the bottom of your dress to hide the marks. But I don’t think that’s what you were hoping for…Also, that dress you tried on is too big – hence the clips. Your dress will be fitted AND steamed so you won’t really have “bunch butt”. You could also have your seamstress bring the dress in at the hips more for a more fitted look if you still think you want to get rid of extra fabric. I found a pic of what it should look like once you get your dress in your size. Again, think about taking it in more at the hips for a more rounded bum 😉 I hope that helps!

    Post # 9
    24 posts

    you really have such a tiny waist in the dress! Sorry, not that helpful … But you look amazing!

    Post # 10
    11113 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ms.Shepherd: You look lovely in the dress. I really like the detail on the dress too. I’d get another quote as that seems pricey just for removing straps. Not very helpful but wanted to say how great you look.

    Post # 11
    2508 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    That is a lot of alteration work, but you do look lovely in the dress, and I would be prone to keep it because it means a lot to the MOB.  I might go to some reputable independant seamstresses, and show them the photo and explain what has to be done and ask for an estimate.  I also have a similar shape and had to order my dress much too large to accomendate my hips, plus my dress is all lace (which is the most expensive to alter), and I bought the dress near a big city where everything is expensive, and they told me that they never see alterations top 500, and your dress definitely doesn’t have more work than mine.  

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