(Closed) Major dress jitters. Do you think I could get these altered.

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
796 posts
Busy bee

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mscharlottebrooke :  The right seamstress can do all of those things–but keep in mind that it’s going to be expensive. I would keep thinking if it’s reaaaaaally what you want. I think your dress looks great as is! 🙂

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Busy bee

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mscharlottebrooke :  Omg, I was photoshopping my potential dress last night too! I was changing the color–it comes in three options, but they only have a photo of one color online. 

If the bodice is applique-lace over tulle, then I think it could be an easier fix. (I only have unofficial clothes-making experience though). Then the seamstress would just have to cut & tighten above the knee, so to speak. 


Post # 6
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

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mscharlottebrooke :  is your body actually that shape? like if you gather the dress behind your legs, does it achieve the silhouette you want in a way that you can still walk? I tried on a few dresses that came to a mermaid in the way that you edited it (upper thigh) and they just made me look super wide since my hip-to-thigh ratio is not nearly as drastic as you’ve edited it to look….

but if your body is actually that shape and all you want is for a seamstress to bring in the material (and not like extend the fabric portion to continue further down your legs), then i think that alteration is straightforward.

Post # 9
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Unless you’re getting an extremely good deal on this dress, I wouldn’t bother having it altered to that extent. You can find many actual mermaid gowns that are similarly embellished.

Post # 10
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  • Wedding: June 2018 - garden

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mscharlottebrooke :  I’m not sure that adding tulle can actually hide the fabric. I would look into changing the white material with a colored one (to match the appliques on the upper part) AND adding a couple of layers of tulle.

Post # 12
3728 posts
Sugar bee

I’m not sure about the alteration issue but your photoshopping skills are impresssive.

In it’s original form it is still a beautiful dress that suits you very, very well.

Post # 13
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

A couple of things for you to mull over based on what you’d like to do and what you’ve posted.

The pinching at the thigh is going to be expensive, very expensive. The reason being the appliques will have to be removed, the tulle will probably have to be replaced, then it can be brought in, then tulle sewn back on, and finally the appliques put back in place.

Part of the issues you night have with this is the tulle itself. Tulle does not like to fall in the way you’d ever want it to go on a dress like this, hence why it’s usually found as your original design or as an extreme pushed out fishtail. Tulle (especially bridal tulle) generally doesn’t hold shape unless it’s sewn into that shape. Even experienced seamstresses will not take the time to do so without the stich lines showing (it is still possible, but expect to try it on and not have it sit the way you want).

The other issue is the proportions you’re showing. The line of the appliques will remain straight, not curved down as you’ve shown. To achieve that look, either your seam will show or you’ll need more appliques; since you have no waist seam, the skirt cannot be recut.

As for covering the white material, your better bet would be a few extra layers of tulle and then a Georgette or Chiffon under the tulle before the white fabric. This will also create a bigger fishtail at the base and exagerate the mermaid look you want.

What you’re wanting to do can be done, but be extremely careful about the seamstress you chose, this is actually a delicate alteration due to the need for precision and the fit you are looking to achieve.

Hope that helps!

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