- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Bees, I’m going into panic mode thinking about my wedding dress, and could use some input—especially from you seamstresses out there!
My wedding dress (Matthew Christopher’s “Sofia”) is supposed to arrive in July. I’ve had SERIOUS DRESS REGRET since buying this dress, so much so that I’m even wondering whether to sell it (at a loss) and work with a custom designer/dressmaker instead. My wedding is just over six months away, so I have to decide soon.
This is me with the Sofia in happier days…LOL. I tried her on at my very first appointment in December and fell in love, love, LOVE… Couldn’t stop thinking about her!!! Of course, that salon didn’t allow photos, so my mom had to sneak this one in from a weird angle that doesn’t really show much.
After stalking the Sofia online for weeks, I finally bought in January at another salon during a Matthew Christopher trunk show! I met Matthew himself, and he agreed to do the underlay of the dress in a custom color for me—”Pearl,” a shimmery silver that I LOVE (silver is one of our accent colors for the wedding).
THEN, after getting home, I noticed all kinds of problems that I didn’t see while trying it on!!! I don’t know if this means I’m just obsessing/nitpicking, or this is the wrong dress for me. Do you think a seamstress will be able to work with me on the following issues? And/or do you think these changes are a good or terrible idea?
1. “Reducing” the skirt—I envisioned myself in a much slimmer mermaid shape, fitted to the knee and flaring out only slightly after that. The Sofia is more of a trumpet, with tons more volume at the bottom than I wanted! I don’t like the big awkward fold right down the front/middle of the skirt—it makes the dress look like pants in some photos I’ve seen, or literally a fishtail. And I don’t like how the flare starts right under the butt in back—sort of like I’m pooping fabric! Will a seamstress be able to take some of the skirt material in so there’s just less volume in the skirt and the flare starts lower, at the knee?
2. Shortening the train—While it is beautiful and dramatic, the train of this dress is just longer and bigger than I was hoping. I definitely am more of a brush-length or sweep-length sort of girl. Is it possible to shorten a train with this kind of lace detail? The lace is arranged in such a specific way—one consultant described it as all-over point-d’esprit lace, with silk chiffon bands layered on it, and laser-cut floral lace appliquéd on top of THAT. Would chopping up the dress mess up that arrangement too much?
3. I’ve seen a lot of Sofia photos online with the dress bunching and rippling on the bodice and hips in a really unflattering way (even on MODELS!!!). Can a good seamstress prevent this? I’ve read that adding boning or underlining to a dress can keep it from bunching/rippling, but that confused me—I know from trying it on that the Sofia is already boned. Do you think there’s a solution, or is this just the way the lines and fabric of the dress will move on my wedding day?
And a few other thoughts, which are not “problems” with the dress per se, but sort of on my alterations wishlist:
4. Altering the back—It’s straight-across and pretty as-is, but I *do* really like a bit of back interest on a dress. How possible is it to dip *just the lining* of the dress while keeping the lace overlay intact so that it comes up past the dip? I’ve seen some Sofias online with a “V” back, so I know it’s possible to cut EVERYthing down to a V, but I actually want to keep the lace straight-across so there’s a combination of both the sexy V shape AND a sheer lace element that’s straight-across. Something like this, if that makes sense?
(but in the back of course)
5. Buttons—What about adding them along the zipper back? Possibly in the same shade of silver as the underlay? I find covered buttons so pretty on other dresses (especially when they go all the way down the train), and I know some have said that buttons make a dress look more couture and “finished.” Here are some photos of my silver underlay (under the lace of the sample dress, and then in the swatch my consultant sent me):
Also, if these things are possible—is it too late? Or are these changes fairly easy to request at the time of the first fitting? (My dress is due back in the salon on August 1…not sure how far in advance of that the dress would be in production.)
Any advice/input appreciated! Thank you!!!