(Closed) I Was Told to Get a Different Dress – Alterations

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
8674 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

Don’t panic yet!  Wait till you hear from at least a few other seamstresses!  Some people are just grouchy.

Post # 4
5521 posts
Bee Keeper

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crayray :  my dress had a lace overlay and was taken in about 2-3 dress sizes, although it did cost quote a lot (£250, though that also included adding a bustle and taking the length up). Definitely don’t panic and speak to some other seamstresses 

Post # 5
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Look for other seamstresses but be prepared to pay up to 500$ for alterations so extensive.

Post # 6
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Have you been able to visit seamstresses in person with the dress? That might help them see what they can and can’t do. 

Post # 8
432 posts
Helper bee

My dress is being taken in from a size 24 to a size 14 – I have huge hips, so the dress was bought to fit them, but the rest of me is much smaller. The seamstress had no issue with it when I showed her. She said it would be quite a bit of work (around $350 NZD) but there was never the slightest suggestion it couldnt be done. Admittedly, my dress is plain satin so theres no lace to contend with. 

Post # 9
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Lace is VERY expensive to alter. It’s actually the main reason I avoided that fabric entirely.

Also, the dress is clearly HUGE on you which isn’t a problem per se, but there’s a reason why most places charge you ONCE for an alteration and anything that needs to be adjsuted after is free. You lose this free service, however, if you gain or lose a significant amount of weight so I think you were just unprepared for the work and overall cost that goes into alterations.

I think the dress looks gorgeous on you so ignore the person who told you to just get a new one, BUT brace yourself for a high alteration fee.

I have no doubts this can be done, I just think it will be more expensive then you think. Don’t panic. So many unexpected costs pop up and it’s nothing to fret over. You can only prepare so much, you know? Enjoy your beautiful dress!

Post # 10
264 posts
Helper bee

I had a very similar dress as yours…I had no idea just how expensive it would be to alter. I needed it taken in pretty much everywhere on top (front, sides). I also needed it hemmed. Because I had the lace overlay, then satin, then the tulle, she had to hem all 3 layers. Total, it cost just over $600. I was shocked! She explained how she had to cut out the pattern of lace and re-sew it which is super time consuming. She did an amazing job and you could seriously never tell…but it was so much more than I thought it would be.

You don’t need a new dress…but it will probably be expensive. Here is my dress for reference. Good luck!!

Post # 11
218 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s time to consider buying a new dress. Major alterations can ruin the shape and condition of a dress. That dress was not designed to be a mermaid with cap sleeves. You can’t make it something it was never supposed to be. For the amount you will pay in alterations,  you could find a beautiful dress that needs NO alterations on BHLDN or at David’s Bridal in your exact silhouette preference. My theory is, you should love your dress exactly as it was designed or it’s not the dress for you. 

Post # 12
1042 posts
Bumble bee

Why did you buy that sihouette if you wanted a trumpet dress? Getting the sihouette of the dress changed to a trumpet shape will be VERY costly if it’s doable. Even then there’s no guarantee that the alterations won’t ruin your dress.

By the looks of your photo, it would seem you’re taking atleast 3-4 inches or more off the back and some more in specific spots to make it fit better. Taking in that much will be quite costly and may alter the original shape of the dress.

If you want a trumpet dress, I suggest selling or returning the dress if possible and buying a similar dress in a trumpet sihouette. The design isn’t that far out there and many designers carry a similar enough style in trumpet sihouette.

Post # 13
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I agree with the other bee’s as much as I don’t want to. My dress was ordered a size large, then I lost weight making it almost 3 sizes too big in the bust and 2 sizes too big on the waist. I also decided that I wanted to move the waist up 3 inches. I haven’t had something altered like that before so I didn’t think it would be incrediby expensive because we’re just moving it up 3″…. that and a bustle made my alterations just at $700. The top of my dress is satin and the bottom is organza, no lace. It would of been easily a few hundred more if it was a lace dress. The changes you want can 100% be done, but they won’t be cheap.

Post # 14
44 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

My dress was satin underlay with lace over the top.  My seamstress ended up altering the dress so much for me and it cost me about $400 (which was fine bc my dress was 1/2 the cost of my dress budget so even with alterations it was still under budget), but she did an amazing job and the dress looked like it was custom made for me.  

Just make sure that you find a really good seamstress and it should be fine. 

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