Post # 1
So here’s the thing, my wedding is at the beginning of October and I still have not purchased a dress. Now it’s kind of too late to order anuthing, so I’m left with purchasing a sample or something offline…
I found a dress I LOVE via the bee and I found a seller online that is willing to give me an AMAZING deal. She purchased the dress and it was altered but never worn. The dress is size 14 (the size I need) and was altered to fit a size 10-12 in the waist. It was also shortened in length. The bride was 5’5 and wore a 1 1/2 inch heel, I’m 5’4 but I want to wear a pair of heels that are almost 5 inches. *i do not own a pair of heels under 4inches and only 2 pairs of flats.
I contacted the bridal salon who I planned to hire to do the alterations and they told me that it would not be possible to add tulle to the bottom to add length without rebuilding the entire skirt. I REALLY REALLY want this dress and I REALLY want high pumps because Fiance is 6’4 and I could use the added hieght. I plan to buy the shoes and take them with me when I go to try on the dress, but I cannot fit it as is (with the current alterations) so it more than likely won’t fall to the correct length on me until I get it altered for my body. So I really won’t be able to make an informed decision just yet.
My other cause for uncertanty is because I will more thank likely switch from the heels to flats at some point during the reception after our first dance at which case the length wouldn’t be a problem. Do you think it will be too short to get/keep the 5 inch pumps? Should I just suck it up and try to find a lower pair of heels like?
This is the dress….
And these are the shoes
Post # 3
I can’t see the pictures 🙁
Post # 4
I can’t see the pics either, but I do think it’ll be too short if you plan to wear 5 inch heels… that’ll put you at 5’9″ and the dress is fit for a 5’6.5″ bride. 2.5 inches is a lot of shoe to show, in my opinion.
Post # 5
You didn’t say which Enzoani dress and the pics aren’t visible, but depending on the style, you could find a fabulous petticoat that is longer and let the edge of the petticoat show.
Some dresses are designed to do this.
When it’s time for the flat shoes, take off the petticoat.
Post # 6
Sorry about that. How about now??
Post # 7
Sorry, but I really think you need to suck it up to find lower shoes. I really think it will look silly to have that much showing underneath, and I think shoes are easier to compromise on than the dress because it gets seen a lot more in person and pictures!
Post # 9
Get a second opinion from another alterations shop or seamstress. Honestly, it sounds to me like they don’t want to mess up the dress, and to be quite honest if I were in your position I’d find a new dress or find new shoes – the more you mess with something like that, the more likely it is to look jacked up.
Post # 10
if you’re okay with a layered look, you can maybe add more tulle to the bottom of the petticoat/crinoline to lengthen the dress that way. But from someone who sews, I don’t think you can add tulle to the bottom of existing tulle without a visible seam/line where the two pieces meet. Maybe you can do that a few layers under and it won’t be as noticeable.
edit: I am considering doing the heels/flats combo too but the bridal salon where I am considering an Enzoani said I should either pick heels or flat for the entire night. Not only will it drag but if someone steps on it tulle will tear very easily. I do like a PP’s suggestion about lengthening a petticoat and taking the petticoat off for the reception/flats part!