(Closed) Beaded dresses and alterations question!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think that it could be done but might cost you more if they have to remove the beads and put them back on by hand. But it is something I can’t imagine a skilled seamstress would have any issue with it. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You would be better off custom ordering your dress at a shorter length.  My prom dress had lots of beads and my mother removed them before giving it to the seamstress so it would cost less to alter. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The bodice of my dress was heavily beaded and she altered it without a problem. I can’t imagine that shortening a dress with beading would be that hard…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lazybee123:  It’s not hard, it’s just very labor intensive because the seamstress needs to trim off each bead individually before shortening the hem.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would order the dress to fit your hollow to hem measurement. Most designers are willing to do that. I believe some dresses can be hemmed by deattaching the skirt at the waist and raising it but others can’t have this done (due to the construction of the dress or details on that part of the skirt ect.). It is easier to hem a dress by cutting off the fabric on the bottom of the dress than to raise the skirt so it might be more expensive to have it done that way.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

^ Like asscherlover said, depending on your dress, they can alter it at the waist line, so they don’t have to hem the bottom and have to deal with the beading down there 🙂 

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