(Closed) I need help with my dress

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Oh boy,  this looks very home made to me. the more i scroll the worse it gets, sorry.   I don’t know if you can do anything  to improve it,  because i see a lot of problems.  How about getting already made dress from the rack?  There are tons of suggestions on the bee, just do a little search. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I think the last image is the best. The lace on the hem is just too much as is the gathering on the first image, i’d keep it plain! Perhaps you could add some beading or sparkle to the bust line to give it a more bridal feel? Also, if you’re really not happy don’t feel you have to wear it, I’m sure your friend would understand.

  • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  libertybelle88. Reason: Typo!
Post # 5
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Blushing bee

beautiful32:  It is getting close to the date but I’m sure you would have time to get something off the rack (which eould also be more affordable!) I got my dress off the rack for $30! I feel with this dress less will be more. Id put your efforts into getting it to fit better as appose to changing the design radically. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

beautiful32:  Oh thank goodness it got better the further you went! I really think #4 is very close! I think if you could remove that dangling lace around the waistline it would be very lovely! Just leave the lace on the bodice. I like that there’s a waistband in #2.

ETA: I just saw your updates. Whoa, $1600 is a lot. I bought my dress off the rack at David’s Bridal for $200. It wasn’t fancy by any means, but it was very elegant.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I actually like 2. Not a huge fan of the lace at the bottom, but overall pretty. The top just looks like it needs to be fixed… Maybe a pro could fine tune it?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I think the second photo is very lovely 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Does it have proper cups and boning in? Strapless dresses need the support from boning as the whole dress sits on your waist. (Did a strapless dress/corset project at uni)

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Goodwill online has a lot of wedding dresses on there for dirt cheap!! Perhaps if you order one off of there, your friend can customize it? That way it is made professional, you’re just tweaking it a bit!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think that you have a decent base but adding the trims is making it look a little bit of a mess – I would stick to a small amount of lace around the bust and maybe at the hem (but a thin line maybe 2″ thick vs the 6+” you have in pic 2 & 3.) Definitely no pick up/ balloon thing like #1 and instead I would leave the middle portion of the dress “plain” with just a sash/waist band

my other idea would be abandon the lace all together and get a good belt and just leave the dress totally plain (no pick ups, no lace, no ballooning nothing) and use a blingy belt to define your waist

 

the material itself looks quite nice to me and the shape itself is very classic  – concentrate on getting a perfect fit with little embelishment and then add that on as needed after

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

beautiful32:  I got mine at a thrift store and it’s a vinatge 1940s dress. That’s certainly not for everyone though!

I think once you’ve got your dress fitted properly (the bust looks a little loose) and given it a good steam to get the creases out, you’ll feel a lot better! If I were you I’d certainly add a few crystals around the bust like for a bit of sparkle!

 Are you wearing a veil or any other accessories?

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