Post # 1
Well I have found my dress. It is new with tags, and unaltered. In the description is states that it is for someone who is 6 foot tall with heels.
I am 5’4″ and I will be wearing a 3 inch heel.
Here is the website with the dress info. http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/view/70560/Pronovias-Ubis-Size-16.html
My question is how do they shorten dresses? 5’7″ is still a long way from 6 foot tall. Will taking this much off the length of the dress look okay?
Post # 3
@thumpurr: It depends on the edge detail of the dress. If there is detail you don’t want to lose on the hem of the dress, it is usually then taken apart at the waist and the skirt elevated there.
Post # 4
5″ should be easy for a good seamstress. Dont stress
Post # 5
Can you post a picture pls so we can seewhat you mean
Post # 6
@thumpurr: I would consult with a seamstress prior to making that purchase. Because of the lace overlay, I don’t know that this dress can be shortened easily (or at all) from the waist, so it may be the case that all of the length will need to come from the bottom of the skirt, and there is such beautiful lace trim on ths dress.
Post # 7
Sorry about last post. I just saw the link to the dress. It’s beautiful
Post # 8
Those lace pieces are most likely appliques that the seamstress will have to pull up, one by one, and reattach at higher points on the skirt before shortening it.
The OP is probably not the first person who needed to shorten this gown. It probably won’t be cheap.
Post # 9
@thumpurr: I’m a seamstress. It looks to me like the top layer of the entire dress is tulle, with lace patterns appliqued on. The dress does have a visible waist seam, which is good.
Shortening the skirt would have to be done by taking it up at the waist (the lace edging on the skirt would be totally ruined if it was taken up at the hem), which would require a lot of work taking those appliques off and putting them back on. For the shortening to work properly, I think the vertical seams of the skirt will probably have to be changed as well, so it flows nicely and fits into the bodice at the waist.
Other seamstresses may have different ways of dealing with this, but I would shorten it at the waist. That’s a fair amount of work– a few hundred dollars, probably. Actually, do you have a seamstress you go to regularly? If you do, show her the pictures and ask what she thinks of the possibilities, and how much she thinks she might charge.
Post # 10
Here are some pictures. I sure hope that this will not turn into a nightmare…..I really love this dress!!
@Creiddylad: It is so nice that there is a seamstress on here. Could you look at these pictures and tell me if I am in over my head?
Thanks ladies!! You are so helpful!!
Post # 11
@thumpurr: Thanks for the better pictures!
Now that I see larger and better photos of the dress, I think that if you don’t mind losing some of the slightly fancier lace decorations at the hem of the dress (those upside-down T-shaped things), all that would need to be done would be cutting a few inches off the hem. It looks like most of the skirt layers are unhemmed tulle.. . I’m sure there’s a lining that would need hemming, but the fact that the layers that show don’t need to be hemmed makes things easier and quicker. You may end up with some of the lace blobs on the skirt bottom being cut in half, unless they are appliques that can be taken off and put back on again after the fabric is cut (I cant tell if they are, but I would guess they’re part of the fabric). That would be the only problem with shortening this.
Shortening it is not going to be nearly as hard as I thought, as long as you don’t mind some of the lace pieces near the hem being cut through, or needing to be moved. If you are 100% sure you won’t mind these possibilities, go ahead and get it. Make sure you find a seamstress to alter it who is open to the idea of taking it up from the bottom, if you do, as taking the skirt up from the waist (as I imagine some might do) will be more expensive.
Post # 12
@Creiddylad: Thank you for all of your suggestions and input. I do have an email sent to a friend who does seamstress work. So hopefully I can get this figured out.
I was looking at the close up pictures and it seems that the train has a different detail on the edge, as opposed to the skirt. Is is me or do you see this also? Also, the train is attached to the dress by a flower on the back. I am going to make this detatchable. How much work is it to remove the appliques? How do they do this?? I don’t mind paying the extra money to try to keep the integrity of the pattern.
Thanks again for your help.
Edit for typo 3 times LOL