Alterations on Mermaid/Trumpet Wedding Dress – Shortening the bodice

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@millermelly:  Where the skirt starts depends on the look you want. The link below explains the difference between trumpet and mermaid. I am not petite but my mom sure is (4’7). She has never been able to have the boby of the dress shortened. She has had dresses taken in at the wasit (instead of cutting the bottom- which could loose beading/lace)- they take the dress apart and then cut near the waist, then sew it all back on. 

It would be easier to give advice on what to do, if I saw a picture of the dress. Certain dresses you can’t hem at the bottom or take in at the waist, because you will loose important design elements. Usually very petite people have a lot of difficulty buying samples. If you want a certain length bodice to skirt ratio, you should order it. Then you can send the designer your measurements and the dress would have the perfect fit. With all the alterations the sample size may need, you could save more by ordering. ** Keep in mind I do not know how petite you actually are. Some people consider petite 5’3 while others see it under 5′. Like I said VERY petite (under 5′) should have their dresses ordered for the best possible fit. 

 

http://strutbridal.typepad.com/strutbridal/2012/02/faq-whats-the-difference-between-a-fit-and-flare-trumpet-and-mermaid-wedding-dress.html

 

Post # 5
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1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@millermelly:  That is a nice simple dress! It should be very easy to alter it in any way you would like. Any good seamstress should easily be able to shorten that bodice and hem. Just make sure that the where the horiztonal area fits on the widest part of your hip.

Post # 7
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301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Contact the company and see if they can tell you whether the hollow to hem will make the bodice proportional to your size or if they just take length off of the skirt.  If it’s the latter, it seems that you would be better off ordering the standard length and taking it to a seamstress.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Any bees recently had their mermaid dress shortened at the bodice? I hope to have mine shorten by an inch or two. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I work in a bridal salon and doing a Hollow to Hem for this type of alteration is almost always the right idea! The only way to shorten something through the bodice is if there’s a seam at the waist; if there isn’t, then often one will have to be made (and if you liked the original unbroken line, then that’s sort of a bummer…). I think this is the same thing Sparklebee11 was trying to describe. But in the dress pictured, there is no exisiting seam right there. They may be able to take a dress like that up from the seam where the flare starts, but in a mermaid dress with no horizontal seam, this gets a lot trickier, and even taking the dress up from a seam that is below the hip won’t change the proportion of the bust to waist and waist to hip the way a true hollow to hem (like Casablanca’s– Allure’s for instance just changes the length, not proportion) will. 

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