Post # 1
Hi Fellow Bees,
I’ve been looking at lace dresses, and the general consensus is that the alteration fees are much higher. (And I am short, so alterations will definately be needed.) I was wondering if it’s plausible to buy a plain dress, have it altered, then add lace to it either as appliques or an extra layer. Does anyone know what adding lace to the bodice and hem costs? What if I go with a net lace overlay? Any advice would be appreciated.
Post # 3
I don’t think lace alterations are any more expensive than regular alterations. Often they measure the dress in the exact length so it does not need any hemming. I think your best bet would be to order a lace dress in your size so it would just need some taking in.
Post # 4
You could always try wearing really high heels? I kind of had the opposite problem–my dress would’ve been too short if I wore the shoes I originally wanted to wear, but instead of doing alterations (which would’ve been expensive since my dress is really ruffly with lots of lace and organza) I just bought some 1 inch shoes.
Post # 5
My friend who is petite 5’2″ish said the one thing she did that saved her a lot of money on alterations was to pay for the hollow to hem measurement. It’s usually an extra $150-$200 for it, but you won’t have to pay for hemming, and the dress will be proportioned properly for your height.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the input so far, but I should have added some details in the OP. I’m thinking of ordering online, but worry that the measurements will be off. Some of the simpler dresses online are fairly cheap, so I am toying with the idea of adding some lace after I can try it on. Of course, if lace store-bought was in my budget I’d just order from a salon and get a hollow-to-hem measurement. (And for perspective, I’m 5’1 and have to shop in the junior’s section for clothes – petite often doesn’t fit me.)
Post # 7
Uh, if you’re planning on ordering online, it would be better to just get your measured properly.
Heck, even if you’re buying from a store, it would probably be cheaper to hem a dress than to get them to add lace.
Adding the lace is hard work, it’s painful, excrutiating, iritating work so I doubt it’ll be cheap. Plus lace itself is expensive so you’d also have to pay for material.