(Closed) Vintage lovers: would you try and alter this dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow, that dress is beautiful.  The price of the dress is what would be the selling point for me. Is it within your budget to buy the dress and possibly have to get alterations?

If the price is right, I’d do it!  I adore that dress, it’s gorgeous!

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wouldn’t because I doubt there’s 5 extra inches in the seam allowance, and fabric doesn’t appear out of thin air. You’ll have to find a fabric to match, and then find a lace that matches, and create another panel (probably under the arms). This might look good, and it might not. I certainly wouldn’t buy it if you hadn’t tried it on with your seamstress next to you looking at it and telling you what magic they can work. 

Personally, I don’t think it’s a pretty dress and I wouldn’t go through the expense of forcing that one to fit. You might be better off finding a seamstress, showing this dress to them, and having them make one for you to perfectly fit your measurements.

That’s my opinion, obviously, and it is biased. I’m a vintage inspired girl. 

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wouldn’t because I doubt there’s 5 extra inches in the seam allowance, and fabric doesn’t appear out of thin air. You’ll have to find a fabric to match, and then find a lace that matches, and create another panel (probably under the arms). This might look good, and it might not. I certainly wouldn’t buy it if you hadn’t tried it on with your seamstress next to you looking at it and telling you what magic they can work. 

Personally, I don’t think it’s a pretty dress and I wouldn’t go through the expense of forcing that one to fit. You might be better off finding a seamstress, showing this dress to them, and having them make one for you to perfectly fit your measurements.

That’s my opinion, obviously, and it is biased. I’m a vintage inspired girl. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

If you don’t mind me asking where did you find this dress? It is positively beautiful

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MsInterpret:  I know what you mean about loving items that have a history.  If I could, I would live at the antique shop in town!  Haha  Also, there is a post on here you might want to check out (here) that I just found with websites that offer different vintage wedding dresses.  I bookmarked it and figured you might like it as well!  🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

5 inches is really a lot, so I would let this one pass if I were you – I don’t think a corset back would suit the style, and even then, 5 inches wide at the top is more than would look attractive – I’m a big fan of corsets, but I think that the maximum width of the laced part should be 3inches. Older fabrics are also incredibly difficult to match, as the fabric changes colour as it ages. 

I love vintage clothes, but I have a very 21st century figure, so I just have to accept that most vintage won’t fit, and so it’s better to look for vintage-inspired clothes, of which there are more and more out there. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

5 inches is definitely alot… and as other girls said the fabric match and everything. I say let this one pass and show us the one your really interested in! 😀 cause I love your taste so far. This dress is gorgeous.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

If you are still considering getting (any) vintage dress altered, I would suggest finding a tailor first, and discussing any possible alterations with her before starting – especially big ones like adding five inches to a seam! It would require paneling, which would be really hard to match with vintage (aged) fabric. But really, alterations to any vintage piece will be more complicated than alterations to a ‘typical’ wedding dress, which are designed to be altered.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Love the dress, but I agree that you should have a seamstress right beside you. The second dress is beautiful too. Remember: it’s only about how you feel because your Fiance will think you’re beautiful in rags.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Also, it’s likely that the fabric is too delicate to handle such substantial alterations. 

(Plus, I am a vintage snob and it would pain me to see a corset put in such a beautiful dress)

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