Post # 1
Am I crazy?
I love the Casablanca 1900 but I really love the see through V-neck look as well…so I’m amalgamating them! I’m buying the 1900, doing away with the top half then using the extra skirt fabric I’m ordering from Casablanca (embroidered organza) to go over champagne satin to make the top half look like the second picture, so it will have organza instead of lace.
Am I crazy or do you think this just might work? Has anyone else undertaken serious alterations and have it paid off?
Post # 3
I would probably check with a seamstress to see if the alterations you would like are feasible. It sounds like it requires deconstructing the gown and putting in back together (although I’m not a professional seamstress of anything).
So will the top be a different color/fabric (champagne satin) that the rest of the dress? I just couldn’t tell if you were just ordering the organza or the satin as well from the company.
Oh, and you’re dress is really pretty!
Post # 4
How about cap sleeves? they might work in a similar way, without destroying the dress…
Post # 5
Hi Eva, Yup you’re so right, I’ve talked to a seamstress and she believes it’s doable, since the Casablanca 1900 has a seam around the waist already – it’s just covered up by the satin ribbon. I’m more worried that I’m embarking on something that I mightn’t like…although I suppose I could always have the old top sewn back on…
Thanks cherryshake, good idea only I really love the V neck, I have um, a bit of a larger you know…rack… and I find V necks are so much more flattering that strapless or cap sleeves…know what I mean?
Post # 6
I also love the look fo the deep V with lace, however, I feel like this look only work if you have A or B cups. You mention a “larger rack” so I would suggest you try on dresses with that sort of top. I think it may be a bit too revealing and not offer any support. I guess if you like it then go for it.
Post # 7
I did something kinda like that but i just sent a dress maker 2 dresses i liked. One was a a strapless ( i have big boobs too and didnt like the look) and then a V-veck dress with pretty straps. I havnt seen the dress yet it wont be here till june but i got the sketch a few weeks ago.
Post # 8
Casablanca’s really good about doing custom alterations when you order the dress- do any of their dresses have tops like you want? You can order it something like “the 1900 with the top like XX style.” I have a casablanca and had it customized to a sweetheart by them, and they did a good job- it’s not as extreme a change as what you are talking about, but i’ve heard of people doing that with them.
Post # 9
At this point, it’s almost like you’re having a custom made dress rather than altering one. I would be too scared to try it, but if you have a professional who says it can be done then go for it! good luck! Show us how it turns out!
Post # 10
I agree, have you tried on dresses with the top like you are describing? Also, what would the back look like?
Post # 11
Thanks for all the questions! You’re all giving me heaps to think about.
Caszos; Yup, and I lurve them! The back would be similar to the pic up top, so a V neck back. What do you think?
Greenleafmountain…I know, it’s v. scary. I’m wondering if I should get the casablanca second hand since I’m only using the skirt. All up my budget is $1500 and so far it looks like it’ll fit no worries, but that counts on getting the casablanca from bestbridalprices in IL which looks pretty good.
If anyone knows of a cheaper place to get Casablanca from please let me know!
Violete, good point, I have asked but they don’t do a upper dress style in the lacey soft look I’m after, the closest they have is quite bulky and a little too revealing…
misheleez, that dress sketch is gorgeous! Hope you’ll post pics when it comes through!
Slicey19, I’m about a D-DD cup but I’ve a 26inch waist so the strapless thing always sits really strangely, hence the hope for the v neck that might mold to me a bit better. I also thought I might be able to sneak an actual bra on since I’ll have shoulder straps to hide it under, yay!