Post # 1
I bought my dress at Boston’s Running of th eBrides sale in February and have been feeling not so in love with it lately. Sigh. The back story is that we changed our wedding plans and date to over a year sooner and I felt like I HAD to get a dress at the sale since I had so little time. I really wanted something lacy and preferred something that wasn’t strapless but a lot of the dresses at the sale were just not for me–not lacy, very poofy, sparkly, etc. So when I tried on the one I bought, it felt good and my mom and friend who were with me both thought it was perfect. Now I’m regretting it! Uch. So I haven’t gone yet to get alterations (I need it hemmed cause I’m super short and to get the zipper fixed) but now I’m wondering if maybe I could make some changes to it to like it more??
Obviously I know you won’t really be able to tell me this without being someone who does the alterations nd seeing the dress in person, but I was wondering if anyone had advice on this. The dress is this one: http://www.mikaellabridal.com/1261 and I was wondering if it would be possible to make the top slightly sweetheart-y (is that possible with that top???) and add thick straps, kind of like this: http://www.brides.com/images/editorial/2007_runway/2007_spring/bridal/moniquelhuillier/00_main/008_sec01.jpg
Any advice would be greatly appreciated… thank you.
Post # 3
Wow – your dress is gorgeous! And the tops of those two dresses aren’t that different – the straps on the second one are just decorative lace. I would think that especially since you’ll have extra fabric to play with, since you need to have the dress shortened, that a good seamstress should be able to do what you want without a lot of trouble.
Post # 4
I think that dress is beautiful and elegant, and I’m sure that a talented seamstress should be able to add both straps like you showed (as long as you have access to extra lace) and a sweetheart neckline. That seems to be a fairly basic alteration, from what I’ve seen. You might lose that cool fringe of lace at the top in the process, but if you want the sweetheart neckline more than the fringe is up to you, of course. 🙂
I think it’s a gorgeous dress, though. Have you thought about what veil and jewelry you’ll wear with it?
Post # 5
Your dress is gorgeous! I think the modifications you are thinking about are really reasonable… I’m a big fan of sweethearting the neckline. I think it makes a softer look. The fact that you need hemming means you’ll have the lace to work with!
The dresses i tried with that little fringe on top ended up being really itchy after a while, so it might not be the worst loss…
Let us know what you decide!
Post # 6
Hi emrw – I totally feel your pain! I had the same experience (set a wedding date much sooner than we were expecting to due to venue availability, felt very rushed to buy a dress, picked one I liked and then had some serious second thoughts…)
First of all, I think your dress is gorgeous.
For me personally, I went with a sheath gown and then regretted not having more poof. I finally went back to the bridal salon, explained the look I wanted to create, tried on the sample gown, and had them put a slip under it. It gave me the exact soft A-line shape that I wanted. I was so agonizing over having a lifeless gown that just hung to the floor. Now I know that I can use the slip, have a slip sewn in, etc. Plenty of options. But I had to go visually see it and talk with someone who knew what they were doing.
The bottom line is – ask the experts. Go to a seamstress and explain what you want and let them tell you what can be done. I was amazed at how a simple slip totally transformed the shape of my dress, and you may be amazed at what a seamstress can create with some fabric scraps 🙂 It is totally worth checking into, and the sooner you do it the sooner you can ease your anxiety and start loving your dress again. Good luck!
Post # 7
I think your idea for the straps is pretty cool! I don’t know about changing the neckline though. In my opinion, the crumb-catcher ruffle *makes* this dress. Changing it to a sweetheart neckline might take something away from the dress. It’s a really pretty dress, by the way.
Post # 8
I think that your dress is beautiful! I would talk to various seamstresses to see what they are capable of doing for hemming, adding straps, changing the neckline, etc. I think the dress would look fine with straps and a sweetheart neckline and you’ll look gorgeous!