(Closed) Wtoo Bristol – Alterations?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I haven’t bought my dress yet but I have tried on the Bristol and I definitely think it’s the one!  When I had it on in the bridal shop the consultant who has helping me said that the seamstress would take the lovely lace at the bottom and remove it.  Then cut away at the tulle and replace the bottom lace once it was shorter.  It’s definitely doable, but it’s time-consuming and expensive.  I’d find another seamstress if I were you.  I’m 5’8 so I won’t need any alterations thankfully.  The consultant didn’t even tell me how expensive the length alteration would be until she saw I wouldn’t need it once I was wearing heels.  Pretty sneaky. 

Good luck!!!

Post # 4
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815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely go somewhere else.  I tried this dress on and they said that I could order it in my length directly from watters for $250 and it would be the same cost to have it hemmed.  They actually recommended getting it hemmed afterward because they said sometimes people order them to a specific length & they come out too short or too long and they spend another $250 to get it hemmed again.  So apparently she had faith that their seamstress could do it.

Post # 7
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325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

I was given the option to pay extra for a hollow-to-hem measurement which would have made the dress a custom length.  But, the shoes I’m wearing with it actually was very close to being perfect for the normal length.

I’m having major alterations done to my Bristol (had to order 4 sizes too big for my bust).  My seamstress is taking the dress apart at the waist/hips where the lace applique ends and will be able to shorten the dress if it’s needed at that time.  She’s worked with Bristol many times and knows what she’s doing with it.

So, it’s definitely doable.  Just find a seamstress who is experienced and possibly someone who has worked with this dress before.

Post # 8
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21 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I know this is a little late – but I just had my first fitting with Bristol.  You can certainly get the dress hemmed – you just need to find a talented enough seamstress who knows what to do. 

My seamstress said she has to detach the bottom lace area to do so.  

Post # 9
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4 posts
Wannabee

Anyone have an issue with the lined version of the Bristol?  I ordered the dress and LOVED it when I tried it on (unlined) version, but when my dress came in lined version, it has a bunch in the middle section due to the coming together of the lace, corset and lining…

If anyone has had this issue, did it approve during alternations??

Thanks!!!

Post # 10
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Sarah82:  My lined Bristol has the same exact issue and it stinks.  My first fitting is a week away so I’ll let you know what the seamstress says.  You’re not alone though!  It seems like all the lined versions have that though, I tried on a lined sample and saw the weird ripple in that one too.

Post # 11
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4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I wore the Bristol in March for my wedding! I’m also 5′ 1″ and was able to get it hemmed all while keeping the beautiful lace around the bottom. My seamstress just removed the lace and cut then re-stitched everything back together.

I also ordered the lined version and has the same problem as you @rhea8318 and @Sarah82. When I pointed it out to the seamstress she said she could try and remove it. While she wasn’t able to remove it without affecting the dress structure, she was able to put a much thinner piece in and you never even noticed it. Maybe ask for that if you still have problems.

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