Chop Off Half My Amalia Carrara Skirt, or Make Dad Look Short?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I had given up on my shoes by the time my father-daughter dance started. My feet were killing! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@Dayna_RA:  Don’t know what to say about the shoe thing but HOLY MOTHER OF GOD your dress is freaking gorgeous! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think the hoop idea isn’t a bad one!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A big hoop skirt would definitely help.

If you’re willing to pay for it, your dress looks like it could be rigged up to bustle all the way around since it already has the bubble hem and pickups and ruffles. It would be pricey, but so brilliant!

Then you could wear your heels for the ceremony, wear your flats for the father-daughter dance, and decide which you want to wear for the rest of the reception!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

They would probably shorten the skirt from the waist, so you won’t really loose much detail, just the plainer part by the waist.

How tall are you normally?  I always try to prioritize people over any items.  So personally, I would put my dad first.  He will be there to support you no matter what, I don’t think you could call the dress at 5am to come pick you up.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

@Dayna_RA:  I tread on it (the bottom was a dirty mess at the end of the night) but not to the point that I even noticed. It was just such a relief to get those heels off! I wish I would have brought some flip flops or something. That would be my recommendation!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think a good seamstress could take the dress up from the line I drew in black.  Maybe a little from that point and a little from the bottom.  It could be expensive, but you’d save the look of the dress!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Definitely add a hoop skirt.  I am 5’4″ and I wore a ballgown in flats by adding a hoopskirt – I didn’t even need to get it hemmed:

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dress couldn’t be hemmed (well…it could but for $$$$).  I am also 5’2″ and wore only small heels – 2″, I believe.  My seamstress added a lot of tulle to the underside of my dress to puff it out without hemming.  It worked well and was much more comfortable than adding a crinoline.  I imagine a hoop would work much the same way.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Dayna_RA:  I swear I just saw that one on Say Yes to the Dress! It’s so gorgeous and she paid close to $6K for it!

I appreciate the tips here on hemming as my dress has crystals and detailing on the hem and I had no idea how I would shorten it. I was also going to ask about taking it up from the waist.

Best of luck! 

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