(Closed) Major decisions regarding my dress :/

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What should I do with my dress?
    Find someone who can do the alterations, I think it will look fabulous. : (15 votes)
    38 %
    I think it is possible, but I'm not sure how it will look. : (6 votes)
    15 %
    Resale your dress, and start from scratch. : (12 votes)
    30 %
    How much do you want for it? I'd take it! : (0 votes)
    Get over it, and wear it as is. : (7 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    157 posts
    Blushing bee

    @loveispatient54: I think that is totally do-able.  The bottom of the dress you have is gorgeous and could look really good with the modest lace top.  You would probably have to buy another dress though… so I guess it depends on how much you are willing to spend.  I am not sure how much it will cost to get the two parts stitched together, but I would guess between $100-250.  If I were you I would search for the top dress at a higher end resale boutique.  I actually just moved to Houston myself, but I don’t know where any are yet!  : )  Because dresses these days tend to show a lot of skin, you might actually have better luck finding an older dress with gorgeous lace!  

    The only thing that could be an issue is matching the color… but that just depends on how picky you are about that sort of thing!

    Post # 4
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    The way I imagine it looking after the alterations is if you had the strap taken off, and then it would look almost strapless. Then you could put sheer lace on top of it all, with a boat neck and cap sleeves like you like. Would that be ok?

    Post # 7
    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I say doable.  Maybe you could look for a cheap dress with the top you like and you could combine the dresses like on one episode of say yes to the dress.  I love the inspiration dress and the bottom of your dress.  I am also looking for a seamstress.  Ask around.  Go to a local fabric store and ask the ladies there.  That is what my grandma is doing. You could also go to a local bridal shop and ask about a seamstress.  Make sure you get references bc i did this once to hem a bm dress and she charged $60 for an okay job.  If we cant find a seamstress we will diy the changes.

    On another episode of SYTTD they built up a top just like you are describing.  It was when The Duggers were renewing their wedding vows and they dont wear tops that dont go up to their neck and cover their arms.  She picked a dress she liked and the top was built up for her.  So it is doable

    Post # 8
    157 posts
    Blushing bee

    Yes, Houston is a bit steamy these days!!!

    I purchased my dress “pre-loved” because I couldn’t afford the designer price (it was Claire Pettibone).  If I had to do it all over, I would do it again!  So for that reason, I spent a lot of time scanning the OnceWed and PreOwnedWeddingDresses sites.  They have used, new, and sample dresses listed.  They are awesome.  Not sure what size you are, but a quick search turned up this one…


    …if that is you in the first photo then you prob aren’t a 14, but you could find the same style elsewhere or new!  : )

    Here’s another:


    And if you are into all over lace, Pronovias dresses are stunning:


    Good luck!

    Post # 9
    14 posts
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I pulled this dress from my inspiration folder; even though I didn’t end up getting a dress like this at all {couldn’t find one!} I still think it is absolutely gorgeous. If you’re looking for cap sleevs this this wouldn’t be for you, but I think it’s modest and beautiful. Here is a link to the photographers website where you can see more pictures:



    Post # 10
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    This is definitely do-able.  The question is…at what cost?  You are probably looking at having the bodice re-made–it is a little more than cutting off the strap.  Then you have to get fabric for the overlay.  The good news is that DB uses “stock” colors.  It would probably be easy to get fabric that matches your dress colorwise.  It would be almost impossible to match the lace though.  However, the seamstress could use the lace from the strap for the overlay.  The overlay just wouldn’t be all lace.  Another option is to find a used version of your dress and use that fabric to remake the bodice the way you want it.

    The above options could turn into a lot of time and money.  If you are just not that into your dress and your budget allows, find another one.  FYI–most DB stores will let you exchange your dress if it hasn’t been altered or worn so that may be an option too.

    Post # 12
    49 posts
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Oh, I love those inspiration photos! I definitely think it’s doable, but I would bet that the cost of lace would be the real factor in the cost – I know lace itself can get really expensive by the yard, but you might be able to find a cheap used wedding dress (have you tried Marry-Go-Round on West Grey?) or antique dress (maybe etsy or ebay?) or maybe even antique lace curtains from which you could salvage some lace?

    I’m in Houston, and I’m having my grandmother’s wedding dress from 1955 completely rebuilt to fit me (no small task, with her teeny-tiny waist and my decidedly more modern shape!). The seamstress I’m using was recommended by a dear friend who got married in August, and she is *amazing*!! I didn’t think there was any chance I’d ever be able to wear that dress, and she took one look at it and said “No problem at all!” In fact, my sister likes her so much that we’re planning to have her make my sister’s maid of honor dress. She’s on Richmond near Greenway Plaza – PM me if you’d like her info! I seriously cannot recommend her enough!

    Post # 13
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @loveispatient54:  If it has been heavily altered, probably not.  They can’t resell it if it is no longer their size.  They might consider it if maybe an inch came off the hem or something small.

    Post # 14
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think it would be hard to turn your dress into a boat neck just because you don’t have any extra fabric and it would be very expensive to buy lace and have it match correctly.

    I LOVE all the inspiration photos.  It just seems as though all dresses are one shoulder or strapless… So hard to find dresses like the inspiration ones.

    If I were you, I’d just wear the dress you have.  It’s pretty on you. 

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