Post # 1
I am not sure what happened. Did I just shrink half an inch??? I went in for my first fitting, and my dress is 1/2″ too long in the front. Wore the same undergarments and the same shoes. Now, I have the option of hemming it for $60. Or I can leave it. I don’t trip on it (knock on wood) because the crinoline pushes it out enough. But will it look funny in photos? Did anyone else wear a dress that was a tiny bit too long??
ETA – The dress didn’t need hemming before. They didn’t do any work on the sizing or length.
Post # 3
@Bazingau: I would find a way to fix it, personally. But if they didn’t hem it properly the fisrt time, I wouldn’t be paying another $60
Post # 5
@Ninteenthchance: The dress didn’t need hemming. All they did was a bustle.
Post # 6
@Bazingau: Oh ok. do you have a picture of it?
Post # 7
Leave it; especially since the crinoline compensates for it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@Bazingau: I have heard of people actually getting “shorter” later in the day due to spinal compression.
Link Here to the article below, but I have read others too that are more technical
“Yes, it’s true! The average height of a person decreases, on average, 15mm (0.5 inch) over the course of the day. This is equal to about a 1% loss of height from morning to evening.
Why does this occur. The answer is that the intervertebral discs, or spinal discs, are composed largely of water. The discs rest between the spinal bones, or vertabrae. These intervertebral disca are compressed as we stand and walk–it is our own body weight that compresses the intervertebral disc. When you sleep at night, the compressive pressure is relieved, and the discs expand again. While the difference is small, it is a fact!”
So, you never know! I would maybe try on the dress one more time before deciding. If it seems long again then I’d probably hem it if it really bothers you but if not then just leave it. I don’t think any guests would notice nor do I think it would notice in photos.
Post # 9
@Bazingau: KEEP THE EXTRA LENGTH! Here’s why: Mine was JUST the right length, and in pictures where you squish up together to fit your family in the picture with you, my skirt got quished and you could see UNDER my skirt!
It lifted like a while inch or two in the front!
Post # 10
@Bazingau: I would leave it alone!!! I had a bridesmiad dress that coul dhave gone up about an inch, but I knew from another’s bridesmaid’s experience with alterations, that as soon as they get their hands on their dress, they are bound to take it up too much, especially since it’s such a small amount. take the $60 and treat yourself to something special!
Post # 11
Mine ended up being a tad too long and I kept on tripping over it! If I was to do it again, I would tell the alterations lady that I did not want it to drape and to just cut it off right. Sigh…
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
I totally agree with @Ms_Purple: and experience shrinking, especially due to sitting improperly (and allll dayyy lonnggg)
Try getting a massage or doing yoga/stretching and trying on the dress again before you go for the hem. I distinctly remember on my honeymoon, that the mirrors in the bathroom were really high – I had to wear heels for the first few days to put my makeup on. We went for a spa day – long massages and relaxing, and lo and behold, that night, I was “tall” enough to see into the mirror to put on makeup without heels. It’s amazing how much pent up stress and poor posture lend to shrinkage!
If that doesn’t work, make sure you walk around in your dress and shoes for 10 minutes at a normal clip. Do you find yourself tripping? If so, I’d go for the hem. Not worth falling flat on your face on your wedding day! (Um…I did that.)
Post # 13
@MRSsrm85: Oh no! Your story is making me scared. Did you have a crinoline under your dress?
It was just so weird because when I bought the dress, the length was just right! I called it the miracle dress because I would only need a bustle and a sash sewn on. I only have a week and half to do before the big day!
Post # 14
@BrandNewBride: reading what you wrote makes me happy! I was worried about mine being a tad bit too long.
Post # 15
@MRSsrm85: it looks really pretty in pictures.
Post # 16
If you happened to loose any weight the dress would hang a little differently on you and actually cause it to be a little longer. In addition, I was told that even with a hollow to hem order (custom fitted to my height/measurements) that the dress could come in at least a quarter of an inch off from the measurements. I think if you plan on putting on flats at some point during the night then it would be safe to leave it as is.