Post # 1
Has anyone ever hemmed their full length gown into a tea length dress? I am torn between wanting a full length dress to please my fiance and wearing a shorter gown to show my personality and be comfortable during my daytime, backyard bbq reception.
If anyone has done this, can you pretty please share any before and after pictures that you have and an approximate cost for alterations?
Here is a pic of my dress. I have pretty awesome legs (wow, conceited much? I just mean they are one of my better features 🙂 and would love to show them off. What do you guys think?
Post # 3
I don’t know of any instances. I love your long dress …;)
Post # 4
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
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 # 6
@amyellabella: Originally he said no way to a short gown. The other night when I was having a major case of dress regret my Fiance told me I could buy a new dress if I wanted. I asked if I could just hem mine shorter and he said I would be gorgeous no matter what so to do as I please and thats all he will say about it…but I know he prefers seeing me walk down the aisle in a long dress.
Someone I know said that for the fall collections there are going to be more tea length gowns. I think I will wait a bit and see what comes out. If I see something new I can either a) buy it and wear it for both, b) buy it and wear it for the reception and keep this for the ceremony, c) keep this long for both, or d) hem this short for both.
The dress just doesn’t quite feel like “me” yet. I am not sure if that is just because I am freaking out about it being my WEDDING DRESS, or if something really does need to be done.
Out of all the wedding decision, this is definitely the trickiest!
Post # 7
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
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
Pinkshoes’s idea seems really good! And I bet the balloon hem would be really cute on that dress.
Post # 10
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 # 11
@pinkshoes: Thats a really good idea. Once I lock down the seamstress I will ask her about that. Thanks so much!
I tried my drss on again today for my mom, it was the first time she has ever seen it. She loved it and I do too. Thanks for the reassurance and all the help everyone!
Post # 12
@MissTatas:Love your dress – who makes it?
Post # 13
@Risa B: My dress is style 6706 by Mori Lee from their Voyage collection. http://www.morilee.com/bridals/voyage/6706 The sash is off of one of their bridesmaids styles. I believe a bridal salon can order the sash for you seperately- it is the cumberbun style that is 3 inches wide.
Post # 14
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
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!!
Post # 16
@Knubbsy-Wubbsy: I think your dress looks super cute short but that is EXACTLY my fear! At this point I am really torn between wearing my gown for the whole thing, buying a short dress for the whole thing, or wearing it half and half. GAH! I guess it depends on if I come across something I love as much or even more than my gown 🙂