Alterations to transform a plain wedding dress

More people are looking to create a wedding dress that is completely their own. If you have a wedding dress designed and made for you from scratch you’re looking at a large price tag, but luckily there are other ways to make your wedding gown completely unique. 

Purchasing a plain wedding dress leaves you with the complete creative freedom to choose the design you want from your wedding dress. Whether you want to add sleeves, a larger skirt, or some beading detail, there are so many options available. Keep reading for some alteration ideas that will help you to create a bespoke dress from a plain design. 

Create a bespoke dress from a plain design


Adding lace to your gown is a great way to give your dress a romantic and antique look. Fully lace gowns have been popular amongst brides for years, but we are also starting to see more gowns with accents of lace without it being the star of the entire dress. A lace bodice is one example of how you can add lace to your dress, or opt for some lace sleeves.


Add beading to your dress for a touch of sparkle. You can go as extreme or as intricate as you want, it all depends on your personal style and taste. There are a lot of different options when it comes to beading, allowing you to choose from small beads to larger appliques to be applied to your gown. There are also a variety of styles, so you can either opt for all-out bling or a more subtle shine.


Adding an overskirt to your gown is one of the quickest types of alterations. Not only this, but you can also get them detachable, so you can transform your dress with the pop of a button on your big day. A common example of this is when brides buy more fitted gowns and then purchase a ball gown overskirt. This gives you the best of both worlds on your big day and makes you feel like you’ve had two looks in one. 

Sleeves or straps

Strapless gowns are extremely popular, and often brides will fall in love with a gown but wish they had the added detail of sleeves or straps. Alterations give you the option to add these to your gown in a variety of styles and materials, including the option of completely detachable straps. With adding sleeves or straps your seamstress will be able to show you what they look like before they’re attached, so you can decide if it’s the right decision for you before and commitment. 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to alterations, you just need the right professional seamstress to work with. The best part is that you will be able to see how the dress will look with the alterations before completely committing to the design, which is especially great for those of us who struggle to commit to something without seeing it first.

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