(Closed) Should I chop up this dress, and are the alterations costs worth it?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

$800 does not seem like a bad deal to get exactly what you wanted on a dress that would retail for well over $6000. I think its a stunning dress and with the alterations its pretty much a custom dress for you! go for it!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just for comparison – I am paying a flat rate of $600 for alterations on my dress and not having anywhere near as much work done 

Post # 6
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6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m not crazy about the spaghetti straps–i think it makes it look a bit dated. I think it would be lovely as a halter But other than that, it’s a beautiful dress, and aside from lining it and fitting it to your body, I don’t think you should mess with it too much. You wouldn’t put bumper stickers on a Lamborghini, would you?

 

ETA: Veils are such a racket. It amazes me that every day, people pay up to and over a thousand dollars for a piece of tulle with beads on it that they will wear for 30 minutes. I have seen very, very few veils that impress me. But none were $800 impressive, let alone $1800. I think they only charge that because they know the shops are going to plop that on some unsuspecting bride’s head, and even if she does give pause before agreeing to buy it, someone will inevitably pull out the ol’ “But it’s your SPECIAL DAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!” and then the checkbooks come out. But I digress.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

You’ll likely get a lot of responses telling you not to cut the dress, but honestly– you’re considering a lot of the same changes  I did to my dress. Although, I added thicker straps instead of sticking to strapless. I absolutely LOVED my dress in the end. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love it just the way it is and wouldn’t dream of touching it! But, you have to love it!

I’m also not even sure how they’d make it strapless! You said your busty  – maybe straps are the way to go on a dress that is so thin

Post # 9
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t know whether the alterations quote sounds good or not as I don’t know anything about alterations. But in terms of making it strapless, would that require moving around the flowers at the top? I really like the wide scoop neck that it has now, and the open back with the delicate looking ties. I truly can’t imagine adding a corset back to this dress – it just doesn’t suit the style to me and the shape of the back right now is so pretty. 

Post # 12
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

Very pretty. I like the idea of using the leaf-&-vine appliques from the hem (that it sounds like you already want to trim anyway) as straps. And I think you can *totally* use the extra flower appliques to create a gorgeous and affordable matching veil.

(FWIW: you don’t even really need to buy a pre-made one online; you can get a plain comb or headband and whatever length of tulle you want at a fabric/craft store for pocket change.)

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think that is a bad price for all you are getting done. I paid $475 for alterations that were nowhere near as expensive!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I say go for it, you seem to know exactly waht you’re looking for.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

go for it you know what you want and will end up with something unique

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