(Closed) wedding dress MAJOR alterations?!? what to do?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

maybe adda a sash. it will draw your waist in. just an idea.

Post # 4
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I actually think the one you got looks LOVELY on you!!! I think it gives you a beautiful shape and is very classic. Maybe think about adding a sparkly belt? This would be cheaper than alterations and it would define your waist that little bit more! 

Post # 5
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t have any advice for how to change the shape but just wanted to say that I really like the dress and you look amazing! I think your shape looks just as good, if not better, than in the  second picture. 

You could add a sash with some bling to mirror the sparkles at the top if you want to make it more interesting but I think it’s lovely as it is. 

Post # 6
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it looks great on you, and I agree that you could add a sash.  

Post # 7
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think the second one just has different lines to make your shape look different. 

But, the first one is beautiful. I do like your ideas of the sweetheart neckline and changing the sparkles. I love lace dresses!!

Post # 8
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I actually think the dress is giving you a fantastic shape. I wouldn’t add a sash just because I think it will interrupt the diagonal ruching and I don’t think it’s a magical quick fix. I would take it to a seamstress and explain how you feel about the shape and have her pin it and hold it in certain places to show you what can be done and see if you like it better. I think it would look good with a sweetheart if you were able to do that, but I’m not sure exactly what you mean about the sparkles. I don’t think the dress is too plain on top and I definitely wouldn’t add more sparkle up there. 

Post # 10
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Beautiful dress, and it looks gorgeous on you!  I agree with PP’s that a sparkly sash would be something to look into; it might help you get that definition that you are looking for.  Also, the sweetheart neckline you thought of might be helpful, too.  But the dress is so pretty & you look great in it!

Post # 11
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Its beautiful! Dont mess with it.

Go to a bridal store and let them show u some some sashes and other accessories to make it work better. Dont spend alot of money on alterations!


Post # 12
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@jellibeanism:  You’re preaching to the choir, lol, I’m petite and similar in shape to you. I love lace and like you, I wanted lace and shape both. Unfornuately, it’s not so easy to find. The drop waist worked best for me so that’s what I went with. I hope you have a good seamstress to help you with the alterations.:-) I don’t like the two pleats going down the front of the dress on you, they did nothing for my shape either. I’d remove those and see if I could get something like this done on top.  And yes, a sash is a great idea.

Post # 13
7900 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

a.add more sparkles at the top to make the dress slightly less boring,

I’d do this with a sparkly belt or sash

b. take all the sparkles off at the top

That shouldn’t be a problem.

and then

c. do something with the bust to make it more of a sweetheart line

Also, won’t be a problem. I had my lace dress with scalloping made into a slight sweetheard, but she could’ve taken it all the way to full sweetheart

d. see if she can make the material more rouched… or add anything/take anything away to give it more shape.

That will depend on the amount of fabric you have.

I think the dress looks amazing on you and that if you want more of a curvy shape, you can definitely get that by bringing the trumpet in more to a mermaid. If you are trying to make your waist look smaller, then you could let out the trumpet some to make it a bit more fit-and-flare or A-line like the second dress. Since it’s a sample, I’m sure there’s more dress there in the back that’s pinned or clipped and you have enough fabric to play with. None of this is really that MAJOR. You aren’t talking about totally deconstructing the dress.

Post # 14
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think just changing it to a sweetheart will give it more shape otherwise i would leave as is, i think it’s gorgeous on you!

Post # 15
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would look into adding a sash for sure.  Also I think once you have the dress shortened somewhat you will be able to see the shape better.

Post # 16
2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Just add a pretty/sparkly sash to your waist and add a sweetheart neckline and you’re good to go!

I actually think the dress you bought is WAY BETTER on your figure than the second one. And sweetheart necklines do wonders for giving you a more feminine shape.

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