Post # 1
Good morning from cloudy CA!
I fell in love with the fabric of a dress a while back, but not the actual dress! It was a St. Pucchi gown and was priced at $5600 I think. I loved how big and different the flower appliques looked, and how they were strategically placed (haha.) The store owner told me that all of his brides ordered the dress lined in white, blush, or nude fabric so that they’d be able to wear a bra/underwear without it showing, but that the designer charges a lot and it would cost me around $8,000 for the lined version, and the matching veil is either $1700 or $1800! (he couldn’t remember off the top of his head) His store isn’t even going to carry St. Pucchi after this year because he doesn’t like their pricing, but I digress…
Here are front/back pictures of the dress that I found online, because my cell phone pics were really blurry:
Anyway, he sold me the sample for $2500 – still expensive, but it’s all silk. I would love to read your opinions on whether my plans for this dress are good/worth it! Thanks 🙂
I am planning on having the train cut down so that it will just sweep the floor a bit and I won’t need to bustle it, and it will look a bit more “me.” He will have the alterations ladies save as many of the flowers as they can and give them back to me so that I can sew them onto a plain veil myself (that I will buy online) and save some $$$ The alterations will also include taking the dress in at the hips and waist so that it will fit me like a glove, shaping the bust (I’m a 32Dear Daughter so I need it to hold the girls in comfortably!) adding boning/corset to give the dress structure, sewn in cups, and a skintone lining (made of silk so that I won’t get too sweaty.) I know that’s a lot of work, especially since he will be practically creating a whole new dress (the nude silk one) to go under the existing one. He said it would be $800 for everything – is that crazy?
Also, I’m not sure about those stringy spaghetti straps – what do you think? The $800 would include turning it into a strapless corset back dress, but if you have any other ideas (and/or photos of possible changes) I’d love to hear them! Thanks again!
Post # 4
$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
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
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
- 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
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
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 # 10
Thanks ladies! I’m glad the pricing isn’t too unreasonable. I’m not crazy about the straps either… they are so skinny it looks like those little loop things that they use to keep clothes on hangers
I agree the top would look cool as a halter but that style isn’t comfortable on me (I end up with bruised/raw clavicles for some reason when I wear halter tops.) I wasn’t planning on a sweetheart neckline – he was just going to shape the organza underneath the bust a little so that I wouldn’t end up with “uniboob” and then replace the flowers so they would follow the contours of my body – the scoop top is lovely the way it is. The hem of the dress has some smaller leaf/vine-like appliques. What would you ladies think of using those for the straps, and then using some of the extra flowers/fabric to turn the back into something a little like this (but slightly less open on the sides) – without changing the dress from the waist down:
Post # 11
@juliette.eliza: You looked so amazing on your wedding day! I just had to tell you, even though you probably heard it a thousand times already from other people 🙂
Post # 12
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
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
I say go for it, you seem to know exactly waht you’re looking for.
Post # 15
go for it you know what you want and will end up with something unique
Post # 16
Thanks for all the ideas/advice! It’s going to be a looooong time before it’s ready, but I’ll definitely post pics when it’s done in case other brides are considering going the same route 🙂 I just hope that the back of the dress doesn’t get royally screwed up!