Seamstresses – Will it be possible for me to alter the back of my dress? (Pics)

posted 1 week ago in Dress
Post # 3
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

no, I don’t think so. 


where the join is, is two separate fabrics coming together. The sheer fabric, and the opaque one. Over the top of that the flower appliques have been sewn on – these are likely on a sheer backing fabric.

Now, in order to do what you want, you’d have to take out the opaque parts, but there’s no sheer fabric underneath – where the two fabrics join is probably a seam of maybe 2cm (that would be standard). She’d have to add two triangles of sheer fabric which would have very obvious joins. 

In order to manage it, you’d have to separate sheer and non-sheer, remove the whole sheer parts up to the shoulder join, re-shape and sew together. Basically take apart the whole back of the dress, unfortunately. 

I mean, it could be done, with enough time and fabric and money, but it would be a significant change.


also for what it is worth the back is beautiful how it is – I’m sure it will look lovely on without any changes.

Post # 4
1529 posts
Bumble bee

  If there isn’t exta lace inside the seam, that is unlikely to be possible. To make that point  it requires more lace than what it has now, and to add a piece would be obvious

Post # 5
4110 posts
Honey bee

You’re asking her to completely rework the top. Was this your request/design from the beginning? What does the front look like?

Post # 6
5785 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

She would have to completely change he entire back of the dress, sooo much work and time. It’s doable but you’d probably have to pay a lot more for the extra time it’ll take and material costs.

Post # 7
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

It would likely be possible for your seamstress to simply add opaque panels so it looked like this… though the lines wouldn’t be parallel like you initially wanted, you would still get the beautiful double V! Does this make sense? 

Post # 8
548 posts
Busy bee

If you requested the double V from the beginning, I would tell her to remake the dress. If it was her mistake, she shouldn’t charge you extra to fix it.

However, if you simply failed to communicate what you wanted the back to look like, she’s not really obligated to fix it at no charge. But I think a skilled seamstress could add lining to the back to make it look the way you want.

Post # 9
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Is the front lined? From the photo, the front doesn’t look to be lined. If so, it might be weird to have the lining for the back go up as high as you wish, with nothing to connect to in front. 

Assuming that is what you want anyway, I think it is possible for additional lining to be added at the back if the dress has a side seam on both sides and you don’t mind the additional seam at the waist line. However it your dress is made from one piece of continuous lace joined at the center back, then it is quite difficult. You can’t tack on the extra opaque lining you want without the stitches showing. 

However, there is no harm in sending pics to another experienced seamstress for a second opinion. 

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