(Closed) What do you think of this customized dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: what do you think?

    Yes definitly works

    no doesn't work

  • Post # 3
    1713 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    I think it would look gorgeous! I love mermaid style dresses, they are so flattering and feminine

    Post # 4
    15039 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I prefer it as it is.  I’m not a huge fan of a mermaid and it always draws my eyes right to the hip and makes it look larger to me.  I think the shape is much more flattering when  it flares higher up at the widest point.

    Post # 5
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I wouldn’t change it.  I think it looks beautiful as-is.  Comparing the two pictures of you I believe the current shape is more flattering than a mermaid on you.

    Post # 6
    2390 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would change it. I’m not a huge fan of the original dress.

    Post # 7
    1306 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    How would you alter it to a mermaid? I don’t understand….will you be tightening some of the tulle to create the mermaid? If so, I would leave it as is.

    Post # 8
    2285 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    I’m not sure that is possible. I would just keep looking for a heavily beaded mermaid instead. Does Lazaro not have one?

    Post # 9
    11267 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    the first dress cuts off at an awkward part of the body.  the second dress is better b/c it flares out lower and the line is at a thinner part of the body. 

    Post # 10
    2211 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Hate to burst your bubble, but I’m a seamstress, and I don’t really see how the first dress could be easily changed to the silhouette you want; especially with all of the beading involved.

    The example of what you want to change the dress to has a longer bodice – the proportion from the waist to the bottom of the fitted section is way longer than what your dress currently has.  That’s how it’s able to be narrower there, because it ends further down on the leg where there’s less circumference.

    While it’s easy to take fabric away from something, it’s, unfortunately, very difficult to add fabric onto the bottom and have it still look nice.  (again, especially if you don’t want to disrupt the beadwork)

    ETA:  If you meant custom straight from the manufacturer, then it may be able to be done!  It’s just not something I believe could be pleasingly altered in the form it’s in now.

    Post # 11
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think you would have to talk to the designer. I remeber a bee that got the crystal bodice of her Lazaro ballgown extended so I think it can be done.  I think it would look great.  I love the shape of the Jim Hjelm you posted.  


    Oh and in my opinion- never apologize for continuing to post ideas and questions.  We are all on the bee together to help each other answer questions that I think our friends might not all understand, but at the bee everyone is at some stage of wedding planning- whether it is waiting for a proposal or reminising about their wedding.  We come here because we love seeing the posts.  If anyone is sick of anything/ anyone they have the option of not leaving a comment and moving onto the next post.  I say post away.  And yes, on some wedding decisions I have gotten sick with myself as well. But I think getting the ideas out helps.  

    Post # 12
    1990 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I agree with PP… I don’t think it would be possible to alter the first lazaro to a mermaid… I know they have MANY heavily beaded gowns in the mermaid shape but I think the drop waist that you are in love with looks lovely as is…

    I’m a fan of the mermaid too but its a personal preference… if you’re drawn to the drop waist then what’s the problem?! Don’t let others sway you from what you’re in love with!

    Post # 13
    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    You’re going to have to order it that way. I don’t know a seamstress in the world who could make that look natural if you’re tacking more material to the bottom after the fact. But I agree, the mermaid silhouette does look nicer on you than the first dress, which seems to hit at a bit of an awkward place. Why not just get the second dress? It looks good on you now (and I can tell it will look great on you after it’s altered to fit!) and if it’s not detail-y enough, you could add some detailing around the sweetheart.

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