Post # 1
I finally chose my dress today (Casablanca 2189 – yay!!). I think it will be perfect for our small hawaiian wedding. You can see some pics here (I am considering ordering it in ivory/silver):
My hips are quite wide and my measurements (30, 24.5, 38.5) did not fit any of the standard sizes in my boutique’s chart (I am size 2 on top and size 6-8 on the bottom), so they suggested 2 options:
– ordering size 6 and tailoring it down to size 2 in the bust and waist areas
– custom cut (which is of course an ideal solution!)
They are trying to find out if manufacturer will do a custom cut on this one, but if it’s not possible (our wedding date is only 6 months away), we will have to alter size 6 down to 2.
Has anyone ever done this with this or a similar dress? Did you have any issues? The boutique assured me that the dress would look just like a custom cut, but I am still a bit worried about weird creases and folds…
Post # 2
I can see your worry, that style of dress is not really easy for the small top/ womanly hips shape . But the sizes in question are pretty petite so I think you should be OK with no folds etc .
Lovely dress btw!
Post # 3
Personally I think it’d be a big risk trying to alter that dress. The dress itself is quite plain meaning any mistakes would be noticeable. One thing I was told when I was dress shopping (as I liked some of the totally plain Pronovias gowns) was that you need a really high quality make for it to look good. One advantage would be there appear to be side and front/back seams to work with.
On top of that there’s all the beading. Would it look weird if the spacing of the beads changed? would they be able to keep the pattern or would they need to totally redo some of the beadwork?
As you only have 6 months, how long would it take the dress to come in? If the alterations didn’t work out what options would you have then? Have you actually spoken to the seamstress at the boutique? Is it worth getting a second opinion?
Post # 4
BeeDD : I asked them about the beading, and they assured me that it will shrink down to fit a smaller dress and the pattern is not going to change. I am not quite sure, how exactly they are planning to do that, but they seemed pretty confident. As a back up plan I have a plain white gown that I purchased over a year ago. It still fits me well, but it’s super plain (even more plain than this one), so I would of course prefer to have my casablanca ready.
They will call me tomorrow with an eta on both options, but so far they quoted mid February for the first fitting. I do have an option to make it a rush order, and in that case it gets there within a month and is altered on site within a week. The rush fee almost doubles the cost of the dress, but I am willing to do it if I absolutely need to, so I am not so worried about the timing, more about the way it will look on top, when altered.
Post # 5
I used to be a seamstress at davids bridal and this can absoluntley be done. It looks like it has princess seams which makes the process even easier. most dresses can be taken in 2 sizes without issue so your right there. Because it has the princess seams they should be able to make it flow very nicley from your waist to your hips without any pulling or gathering. I wouldn’t worry about the beading either. Most beaded appliques used on wedding dresses are actually sewn onto a piece of tulle that can be removed and detached so shrinking the pattern isn’t an issue. I wouldn’t worry about it:)
Post # 6
b2b2017 : Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! Hearing that put my mind at ease.
Post # 7
“Most beaded appliques used on wedding dresses are actually sewn onto a piece of tulle that can be removed and detached so shrinking the pattern isn’t an issue”.
I don’t think I’d realised that. Thank you , I like to learn things. !
Post # 8
Yay! The salon finally called – the designer is able to do a custom cut, and in the worst case the dress will get here April – mid May (that is without rush). I am soooo excited!!
Post # 9
b2b2017 : Exactly. Princess seams save the day once again.