Dress 1/2 inch too long – hem or just leave it???

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Dress 1/2 inch too long - hem or just leave it???
    Spend the money and hem the 1/2" in the front. : (8 votes)
    16 %
    It's only half an inch...it'll be fine. : (37 votes)
    74 %
    My dress was slightly too long, and it was fine for me. : (5 votes)
    10 %
    My dress was slightly too long, and I wished I had hemmed it. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    @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 # 4
    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I would leave it!

    Post # 7
    2209 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Leave it; especially since the crinoline compensates for it.

    Post # 8
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @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
    1158 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @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
    2694 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    3500 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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 # 14
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @BrandNewBride:  reading what you wrote makes me happy! I was worried about mine being a tad bit too long. 

    Post # 16
    7 posts
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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.  

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