Post # 1
I’ve heard legends that (major) alterations/cleaning mom’s dress can be even more costly than buying a completely new dress.
Are there any bees out there who have, or are thinking about making some MAJOR alterations to their mother’s dresses? Can you advise?
Thanks, in advance!
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Post # 5
Alterations on a dress in general seem pretty expensive so I would assume it would be pretty costly to make major alterations. I don’t know from experience though. There are four girls in my family so we are each using pieces from my moms dress. The first of us got a garter made from the dress. I haven’t decided what I am doing quite yet but I will getting a little piece of that dress as well.
Post # 6
I considered doing this on a dress from my grandmother’s neighbor (it’s from the 1880s or so and GORGEOUS), but I realized that there is 0% chance that I could get matching fabric for the back panel (original owner was corsetted from birth) so I had to give up on it.
It would have been cheaper than my dress, but not cheaper than some dresses. Maybe as much at $600-$1000. And my mom told me to go to a costumer, not a regular seamstress because they are much more familiar with corsets and old fashioned (replica) costumes because they make them for operas and plays.
I guess that wasn’t really that much help.
How much do you love the dress, and how much needs to be done?
And do you want to wear it, or do you want your own? Consider these before pricing it out.
Post # 7
@piglet67: ohh! thanks!!! I’ve gotta take a look! 🙂
@jessjess: I love that all four of you girls are sharing your mom’s dress! I was thinking about doing that and using some of the lace for our ring pillow 🙂
@ellabee: I guess, truthfully, it’s not THE dress, I mean, with alterations it could be. But it’s not something I am losing sleep over. Maybe that answers my question in itself!
Post # 8
@micahg:🙂 Go try on a few, then decide. Make sure you have pictures of you in your mom’s dress.
Also find out if she really wants you to, or if it would just be nice.
My aunt “really” wanted me to wear her dress, but when I poked around I realized it was more that grandma wanted me to wear her daughter’s dress because my cousin (grandma’s only other girl, and my aunt’s only daughter) is shaped differently than her mom. She wanted to reuse the dress that she paid for. My aunt cared less (and her dress wasn’t my style). So I got my own.
It was a tough few weeks figuring out what I wanted.
Good luck to you.
EDIT: And if it matters to your mom, but you really don’t like the dress– could you use part of it to make your veil?
Post # 9
there’s a lady near me that does this (it’s her whole business), and she charges $1000 and up to remake mom dresses… i had considered doing it, but then i ended up getting my own dress for about the same money…