Post # 1
I just had my first fitting with my beautiful Enzoani Dakota dress and now I’m freaking out. I wanted to have a deeper sweetheart and the seamstress said the only way to do it w to cinch the v which makes it look gathered. Has anyone else had trouble creating the sweetheart on this dress? Also the sample I tried on was an 8 and fit me like a glove! The saleswoman told me that it wasn’t a true size 8 bc it had been tried on so many times being the sample so I ordered the 10. Now the dress looks a little baggy at lower stomach area and underneath my behind. Can this be taken in to fit like a glove even though it’s A lace gown?
Forgot to mention, he also didn’t know how to do the bustle until I recommended a 3point bustle.
So stressed my first fitting went this way. I’m looking for a new seamstress but how did your Dakota alterations go?
Post # 3
Wow, glad to hear you’re looking for a new seamstress because I asked the same question when I bought the dress, the question about the sweetheart, to make sure it wouldn’t look pinched and they said it can be done easily without pinching the fabric. They also said it can be bustled however you want. I would keep looking for a seamstress until you find one that can actually do what you want.
Unfortuantely there are a lot of ‘seamstresses’ out there that think because they own a sewing machine it makes them qualified to alter things…it doesn’t…keep trying and good luck:)
Post # 4
Ive altered this dress about a bazillion times, take one or two. (Im a couture bridal seamstress)
this dress is easily made into a sweetheart. I detach the lace, cut into the lining, finish the edges, then recut and reattach the lace. Maybe its a personal thing, but i absolutely dispise the “pinch” some seamstresses do. To me, it looks like someoe took a shortcut, or it was done by a non-professional. Im glad you are looking for somene else!
As for the baginess, its very common with this dress. its easily remedied by taking it in here and there. With this gown, though, its important not to make it skin tight. I had a bride who had taken her Dakota to a different seamstress (who also did the dreaded neckline pinch)….. It had been taken in drastically to “scoop” under her butt. Weeeeellll….. thank dog she tried it on before her wedding, because she went to sit down and the entire dress ripped apart. I had to literally piece the dress back together the night before her wedding 🙂
Post # 5
Mind if I ask how much they quoted you for? I found a seamstress that will change my neckline for $400 and add a bustle for $250, but this seems a little high to me …? thoughts?
Post # 6
@MinouBear: I too am a Dakota bride, so here’s my two cents. Yes, $400 to change your neckline on the Dakota is WAAAY too much! To change the neckline into a sweetheart, I was charged $80, and that was at a custom bridal store that designs couture gowns.
I’ll try to post photos of the dress after it’s been fixed – trying it on next week so wish me luck! 🙂
Post # 7
@MayaBean: I today purchased the Dakota dress. I love it! I did want to ask your opinon since you know how to alter it… I am generally a street size 4. When they went to measure me I measured a 4 in Bust, 2 in Waist, and an 8 in Hips. I went ahead and ordered the 8 reluctantly bc i was 0.5 inches from being a size 6 in the hips. I just measured myself at home and I am a whole inch and a half slimmer then she stated. Im wondering if i should call and change the size or if this dress will be able to be altered to fit me?
If anyone else has had this problem please let me know!