Post # 1
Hi bees! I tried on this dress the other day and loved it, but I really don’t think I want to wear a strapless dress.
Do you think it would be possible for a seamstress to take some of the extra fabric from the train and add straps to the dress? My ideal neckline is more of a v-neck, something along the lines of this dress:
Or should I keep looking and find a dress that already has the neckline I like? I don’t sew and I don’t know much about how alterations work, so any input would be appreciated! Thank you!
Post # 2
There are so many wedding dresses out there I would just keep looking for one that has everything you want. Alterations can be very expensive and there’s more risk of it getting botched.
love both those dresses though!
Post # 3
I think it would look beautiful with a lace strap!
Post # 4
Adding straps to this would be super easy, and would look almost identical to your inspo pic!
Post # 5
Can you buy the dress in the second picture? It has a gorgeous neckline
Post # 6
Adding straps to a strapless dress is very easy, and it shouldn’t be too expensive. (I love the posters who are like “Just buy a dress that’s already perfect.” Ha, if only it were that easy!)
Post # 7
For the seamstress to make the first dress look like the second it looks like she would need more appliques, not the bottom of the dress since in your reference photo those are what make the straps. If you wanted to go that route you’d have to see if you could get additional appliques from the designer and what the cost would be. A lot of the cost and applicability comes down to the kind of straps you want.
Personally I don’t think the style of dress you like is uncommon that I would definitely look around first to ensure that what you want isn’t already out there.
Post # 8
I like the top of the second dress, but it’s too big and ballgown-y. I like the slimmer skirt of the first dress. I could see if the seamstress would be able to take a bunch of the volume out of the skirt of the second dress, but then I’m back into the same issue of trying to modify a dress.
Post # 9
It really hasn’t been easy to find the right dress – I’ve been surprised by how hard this process is! I’ve found a few dresses that I like a lot but all of them have an element that I’d like to change. I’m trying to figure out if it’s possible to make the changes, if I should look for something else that I don’t want to make changes to, or if I should just pick one of them and accept that there will be something about it I don’t love. I didn’t think I was going to be that picky but I guess I was wrong!
Post # 10
Sometimes you can buy extra matching fabric when you buy the dress. That would be the best way to ensure you have enough without chopping up the train too much. I think it could be made to work, even just simple spaghetti-type straps but using the lace.
Post # 11
Ask the salon to contact the dress manufacturer about extra lace to match and speak with a skilled seamstress first. Is it possible? Sure. But added straps can appear as if they were always there and they can look like awkward additions…it’s often not cheap to make them look right.
Post # 12
It would be easier to take out fullness of the skirt of the second dress than it would be to add straps on the first dress.
Post # 13
That’s a good point about the appliques, I hadn’t thought about that. Maybe I will contact the store to see if they’d be able to get additional appliques if I order the dress.
Thanks to everyone for your feedback! Lots to think about.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2020 - Scotland
former sewing teacher here: you can ABSOLUTELY add straps to that and have it still be gorgeous. Consult with your local seamstress and see if she is able to source lace similar to that in your dress. She may even be able to order the exact lace appliqué fabric straight form the dress’ designer, a lot of companies do that nowadays to allow for brides to have the perfect gown. Creating a neckline similar to that in the second picture is 1000% possible! Don’t listen to people telling you to keep searching for the dress that “has everything you want already”. If this is the right color, right silhouette, looks amazing on you, and is in your budget then GO FOR IT