Post # 1
So I posted here a couple days ago that I was second guessing my dress and all I got was positive reviews. So I kept looking at the dress and pictures and thought about doing these as alterations. I would love to open the back and add a long sash that drags all the way to the floor.
I was also thinking of possibly bringing it in at the knees to make it a bit more flowy so it looks more mermaid but I’m not sure about this because I really like the look of the long sash and I think it might look weird together.
Maybe I should just hem the bottom but leave some material in the back to make it look like a small train?
I’m really indecisive and considering maybe looking at other dresses.
Here is my dress:
Post # 2
montrealbride2017 : I just looked back at your last post and realized that you’ve just bought your dress. Since you’re second guessing it so early is it possible to return or exchange it? I don’t think it’s normal to be second guessing so early after you’ve bought it and I think it’s a sign you would be happier with something else. I personally rode the dress regret train myself, bought a new dress and sold the old one do I’ve been in your shoes.
The alterations you’re thinking about are fairly significant and may be costly. Not sure what you’ve budgeted for alterations but it might just be easier to find a very similar dress with an existing keyhole back.
Post # 3
I think you could totally do the key hole in the back with the long sash!! But don’t take it in, it won’t work with the sash as well.
I love your dress the way it is FWIW. I wanted a shorter train and I’m tempted to not get mine hemmed BC I’m afraid of ruining the lace 🙁 it has an illusion keyhole with buttons up the back with a medium train fit n’ flair style.
Post # 4
montrealbride2017 : I agree with the first PP.
However, I would not recommend the open back. Your dress is beautiful. A sash to the floor would be amazing though! The open back seems like too much altering when you don’t exactly know how it will turn out.
Post # 5
I’m no seamstress but I don’t see why a keyhole back wouldn’t work. I really love the first inspiration pic so keyhole back and sash could look amazing. I wouldn’t take it in as I don’t feel it would suit the dress, and also that is more of a structural change so would likely be a lot more work/cost. Another thing I feel you could do is narrow the straps on your shoulder to look more like the keyhole back dress. I just feel like it would give the dress better proportions. It is beautiful though and I’m sure with a few tweeks to make it yours you will come to love it.
Post # 6
I do think the mermaid and the sash look strange together, and I like the sash a lot more! I also honestly love the back of your dress the way it is now!
Post # 7
I agree with other PPs, I love the keyhole back and the sash but I would leave the bottom! I’m not sure how it would look if you tried to alter it into a mermaid!