Post # 1
Hey Bees!! I’m a new-bee with a big problem and I need some suggestions/help/whateveryougotforme’s…My dilema is I love the cut of my gown, which is essentially why I bought it. It compliments my shape well. HOWEVER, I am starting to hate the beadwork and lace at the bust. I want to have my seamstress remove all of this (swarvoski crystals included) and add a belt or some other FLASHIER detail on the dress. Below is a pic of the gown I bought. Tell me if you know ANYONE who has done this before, where I can purchase a sparkly belt/applique belt to add to the gown/ or if you think this is a bad idea all together. My wedding is on May 1st. My biggest concern is the fact that the dress is satin (snags/marks/etc.) Help ladies! Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Try looking on esty! I just did a search for ‘bridal belt’ and tons of great ones popped right up. If you don’t find one that you want you could even use alchemy to have one made for you.
Post # 4
I feel VERY hesitant to say go ahead and remove the crystals because, as you mentioned, satin is very known to snag! And because it is on the top of your gown it will be very noticable if it does. Have you tried to add a belt with it just to see what it looks like if you keep the crystals?
I found this belt on Etsy which is gorgeous but it is exspensive. This one may also we a bit chunky but there are tones for sale on this site! Hope this helps!
Post # 5
A giant bow may be cute, as Fowler2be said though, I would be hesitant to remove and crystals or beading unless your seamstress could assure you that nothing would be left behind. I’m all for making your dress your own though. Good luck!
Post # 6
I would not be game at all to remove any of the crystals. I think I would cry to even attempt it.
Adding a belt might be a good idea, or a flashy headpiece??
Post # 7
How are the beads attached? are they sewn directly to the satin, or are they on a mesh-like piece which is then attached to the satin? If they’re on mesh, you (or rather your seamstress) should be able to remove them all rather easily. If they’re attached directly to the satin, you WILL have marking if you remove them.
Post # 8
Thank you all for the feedback ladies. I really did look into each and everyone of your advice.
@Fowler…and ChexMix…I spent two hours on ETSY last night looking for a belt/sash. I still haven’t made a choice yet because I can’t try them on to see if I they’ll bunch my gown. The satin is smooth and I would like for the belt to lie smoothly as well. BUT I DID buy my garter on Etsy! LOL! I know…that’s SO NOT what I went on the site for 🙂
@ccranetobe…I, like yourself, am a nervous wreck about the removal of the crystals. I am going to a seamstress today to see what options I have on ‘re-creating’ the beadwork, since she is a professional and, well, I am not. 😀 I like the idea of adding a flashy headpice and I looked into that last night on Etsy as well. If push comes to shove, I will just put a lily fascinator in my bun with some vintage clips and call it a night. With the right drop earrings, that will take the focal off of my ‘stingy’ beading and towards my ‘glowing face’ (*singing “”ahhhhhhhhh” like the angels). LOL!
@daydreamerwanderer…thank you! You gave me a little hope because the beads are attached to mesh/lacey looking material. I will be sure to point that out to the seamstress today so I will seem ‘somewhat’ knowledgeable about altering this gown.
Thanks again to all of you. If anyone has any ideas that we haven’t thought up yet, holla at me!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
ha your dress already been made in your size? A lot of the made to order gowns have the beads sewn on my hand….if you only just ordered it I would suggest seeing if they might not sew on the beads. I have heard of brides requesting it be done to save on dress cost. If it’s already made I would say that the seamstress should have an idea of the outcome.
Post # 10
You could consider adding fabric detail on the bodice, like little ruffles or something, if you do take the beads off and they do leave a mark. Just a thought
Post # 11
If you’re deadset on removal… I’d suggest leaving the top row of beading alone b/c if that snags or looks messy, then there really is no way of hiding it. I’d suggest removal of the beading located below the bust… then you could put on your flashier belt or bow. If something happened there, then you could cover it w/ w/e you were replacing the beading w/ anyway.