(Closed) Wrong color of dress bodice lace underlay- able to alter or buy new?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


You say the gown was accidentally ordered with the wrong underlay.  Was that a mistake on the store’s part because if so, they should own up to it and not make you purchase another gown.  My friend had her dress ordered incorrectly last year and the store ordered her a new one and turned her wrong dress into a sample.


1. am I getting ripped off by the $700 for fabric and alterations

I would say the original $500 dollar flat fee you were charged was being ripped off since it seems very high for basic alterations (fitting, bustle, hem etc.) But for changing the underlay, that requires quite a bit of time and skill but still $700 seems a lot

2. Is this a simple job or something that would actually compromise the quality of the gown

From my knowledge of sewing (theater costumes), this is not simple.  It can be done without compromising the quality of the gown but only by a highly talented seamstress.  It you gown has any boning or draping in the bodice it will only be more difficult.

3. how much do you think I could sell a brand new dress for online and would it make more sense to just do that and take my business somewhere completely new.  

I typically see a 10%-25% reduction in price for  brand new dresses sold online at places like preownedweddingdresses.com.  This is probably the most stress free option though

4. is there anything else I need to consider or do in order to help fix the issue??  

Do a lot of research on the seamstress that will be doing the work.  

Also see if it fits into your timeline as in, is there enough time for the change to be made and then the dress fitted prior to your wedding.

5.  Do I just suck it up and wear the champagne?

Only you can answer that question.  How much of a difference is there in how it looks?  If it is subtle, you may be able to move past it. If it bothers you, that feeling will not go away, even on your wedding day.

Post # 4
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would see if there are any used dresses in your size in ivory/ivory. Then you could sell yours, and it would be a pretty much even trade?

Post # 6
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@brittbabe317:  I would suggest selling your current dress and getting a new one

those alterations fees seem to much and sounds like it could continue to grow

do you have the dress or do you know when it will arrive

maybe you can post ad to see what offers you get etc

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