Help BEES..is it possible to make a skirt start to flare from higher up?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Does the new dress look different from the sample?
    Yes and I hate it (the sample was better) : (10 votes)
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    Yes and I like it better : (7 votes)
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  • Post # 3
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    2062 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @bee1000:  I’m wondering if it isn’t a different dress? The bust looks completely different in the photos…

    As far as starting the flare higher, the dress would have to be very large in order to make this kind of alteration and also very costly.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    10870 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m wondering if it’s because the sample was big on you so therefore the flare is bigger (wider in proportion) and compared to your dress which is more your size the flare is slimmer in width. Hope this makes sense?

    Beautiful dress, this dress gives me dress envy, you look gorgeous in it.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    10870 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @bee1000: That’s sad to hear, though please love it as girl you look stunning – look at your figure! I wouldn’t worry yourself, try on a crinoline with it that will highlight the flare, I think that will do the trick. Why is the neckline different too?

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    10870 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @bee1000: Ah I see. I must say you suit the sweetheart neckline. Keep us updated and seriously don’t worry it’s a beautiful dress that you look amazing in and will knock your husbands’ socks off 😉

    Post # 10
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    3165 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    You look amazing either way! Beautiful dress!

    Post # 11
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    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bee1000:  Wow you look amazing in that dress! I had a very similar style (La Sposa Mullet) and I also thought the same thing about the flare height when my actual dress came in. The sample I tried on was a size 12 or so and had to be clipped in very tightly, which combined to make the flare appear to start higher up as the size 12 skirt is wider than the size 2 I ordered. Also, when I first tried on my own dress, it wasn’t clipped, so it didn’t “sit” at the right place because it still needed to be taken in/reshaped to fit my bust and hips. After the alterations, it sat higher and fit a lot better. Adding a crinoline will also help to emphasize the flare. If you are very worried, talk to your seamstress about your concerns and be specific about where you want seams taken in. If it still doesn’t fit right after the bodice alterations, and if your dress is constructed similarly to mine, I believe it is actually possible to shorten the bodice and move the upside down “V” up, but it will be quite a major job. The entire skirt and “V” lace has to be detached, then they would have to detach the lace on the bodice, (either remove or move up) cut off the desired length of fabric, then reattach everything at the new height.

     

     

    Post # 13
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    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bee1000:  I didn’t have to change anything after alterations. I’m quite short (5’3) so actually my bigger concern was overall proportions after the dress was shortened but it worked out fine. My seamstress did the bodice at the first fitting, fine-tuned it at the second fitting, and then only after the bodice was fitted like a glove did we start on the length of the skirt. Hope that helps!

    Post # 15
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Hmm. Well, you could shorten it at the waist, but then you’d also need to add some kind of belt to hide the seam!

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