Post # 1
I’m unhappy with the look of my current dress. I think it is beautiful but feel that the straps are not flattering and the dress does not fit right, after being altered already. I think it is time to see another seamstress, because I never recieve updates, am usually unhappy at appointments and my seamstress created these straps which cost $40, and I do not think look good. I’m upset that the service I’m recieving is not as good as I’d hoped. I’ve asked her for the dress back and for a refund of everything she has yet to do, and am hoping to recieve a positive response back.
For the dress, I’m thinking of just going strapless or having lace straps. I’m also thinking of a belt or a colored ribbon to flatter the waist more. I’d like to have a more flattering bust, so I’m brainstorming ways to get that look. Any advice on how I could improve the dress quality and look altogether are helpful.
The pictures below are with/without straps. The picture without straps is the dress before any alteration.
Post # 2
It’s a truly lovely dress but I feel the straps add nothing. I prefer it without them. I’d be inclined to add a petticoat underneath just to give the skirt a wee bit more definition and perhaps take a whisker off the length (or put on some higher heels) but you honestly look very lovely in that dress and it doesn’t need much at all. If you want more a defined bustline then a good longline underwired bra may achieve that. You look very “fresh”, very lovely in that dress and I love that you wear the dress . It doesn’t “wear” you.
Post # 3
@observer, thank you so much for your kind words! I agree that the straps do not add to the dress, and rather take away from the essence of the dress. I have thought about adding a petticoat, that’s a great suggestion. I’ll look into the bra suggestion also. Again, thank you for your honest feedback, I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates the straps! lol 🙂
Post # 4
I prefer it without but if you are more comfortable with them. It looks fine both ways.
Post # 6
with straps imo. Also, maybe raising the wasitline will help? I say so because that’s what my seamstress is doing to give my dress a better fit. Though, it looks lovely on you as is 🙂
Post # 7
I prefer with straps, but that’s just because I generally am not a fan of strapless. The straps do change the look a lot so I can understand why you don’t like them, and think it looks grand without too! Second the petticoat suggestion though. Not sure about adding a belt or ribbon, I think that might make it look too busy.
Post # 8
I am not crazy about the straps. If you must have them then I would add a lace applique over them to match the rest of your dress. The placement of the straps is correct for additional support. But if you don’t need them then remove them. I also agree to add a crinoline. It will make your waist look smaller and since it fills out the skirt will reduce the need for shortening your dress.
Post # 9
.no straps for sure and the bust line looks weird bc it’s too high. I feel like the whole top of the dress needs to be pulled down. Or trim down the neckline to make it lower. It’s not really flattering sitting so high on your chest
Post # 11
No straps!! They look out of place.
Post # 12
i agree, thank you for the feedback
Post # 13
Those particular straps look a bit childish – the make the dress look like a flower girl dress rather than a bridal gown. You could try lace straps – but those are a definite no.
I can’t tell if the dress itself isn’t the greatest for you, or if it just hasn’t been altered well. But as it is now, it’s not doing anything for our figure. It looks way too big in the bodice, also contributing to that little-girl look. And the skirt seems a bit limp. Maybe add a petticoat to give it some more life and have the bodice tightened?
Post # 14
i prefer without also. The straps seem out of place
Post # 15
thank you. I am not sold on whether to add straps, but i’ll be hiring a different seamstress and having her fix the bust, waist, etc.