(Closed) Alterations- Has anyone ever…

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
11290 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know of any instances. I love your long dress …;)

Post # 4
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i dont know anyone who has done that, but when i went to try on my maggie sottero Jenna dress yesterday, the girl helping me told me that she has another customer who is cutting the same dress to KNEE length! so i guess it can be done!

Post # 5
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve seen quite a few bridesmaids dresses that were hemmed to tea or cocktail length but no wedding dresses, though it must be the same concept! 


Your dress is beautiful long but it sounds like with the style of the reception and your own personal style a shorter one might be just the ticket. Are you sure your fiancé would want it long? If that’s the only reason you’re not doing it and you really want to, maybe you should have a chat about wanting to be comfortable at your reception and see if you can sway him to your way of thinking. Or maybe he doesn’t really feel strongly about it? The number of things that I thought my FH would care about that he actually doesn’t is astounding to me!


Either way though, with your hot legs out or not, you look fantastic!

Post # 7
14337 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How about making the extra layers beneth the dress removable at the right lenght and then making it so that it sort of bustles short underneath so it kind of looks like a balloon skirt.  I shortened a floor lenght dress by just tucking it under and sewing it to the belted waist so no one could even tell, and then I could let it out again if I change my mind.  Might be a bit of work, but he could see the full length dress, and you can still hike it up.

Post # 8
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think pinkshoes has a wonderful idea. You could have the best of both worlds and not have to worry about buying a new dress.

Post # 9
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Pinkshoes’s idea seems really good! And I bet the balloon hem would be really cute on that dress.

Post # 10
14498 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I saw one on a blog (sorry can’t find it now) that had bustle hooks placed so that the whole dress flipped under so she could dance the night away in it.  Dang, I really wish I could find the blog.  It was really an awesome idea.

Post # 12
27 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissTatas:Love your dress – who makes it? 

Post # 14
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think your dress would work really well for making it tealength but I can not stress enough the importance of getting an excellent seamstress.

I need a shorter dress for dancing during reception so I found a full length gown (Bonny 7913) and had it hemmed to tea length. However here is where I ran into problems, the seamstress we used was rude and I was not pleased with the quality of work (the hem was obviously done with too high of tension) and I didn’t feel very “bridal” in my dress. I’m still using the shorter dress but just for the reception and bought a long gown for the ceremony.

I didn’t get a picture of it after alterations but here it is pinned up (it is a bit shorter than it looks in this picture)

(and sorry for the size, the resizing tool is being a pain)

Post # 15
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I tried on a dress like @pinkshoes: is describing except the entire bottom came off (it had ruffle layers, so it hid the buttons) and it was soooo fun!!! I love dresses that have a surprise like that, especially because you are still wearing one dress, just spicing it up a little bit!! 

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