Post # 1
Hello all! I have a major dilema. I bought my dress used off of ebay, a Sottero & Midgley Adorae, after emailing the seller back and forth several times before purchasing. She had assured me that when they altered her dress to her height they had only hemmed the front and it could be let out. Much to my disappoinment when i received the dress and put it on for the first time, its a good 4-5 inches too short in the front. It hadnt just been hemmed, but they had cut the excess fabric off the front and re-hemmed it, so there is no length for me to let out! My wedding is in less than two months. I absolutely love this dress and it fits perfectly everywhere else, and i cant afford to buy a new dress, nor do i want to. I’ve had people suggest that we take a piece of lace with satin behind it and add the length that way tapering it across the front of the dress, im just worried that with the bubble hem on this dress it will look odd going from a bubble hem that sticks out to having lace that just goes straight to the floor. Has anyone had this same problem? Any suggestions? TIA!
Post # 3
Is there any way to see pic so we can see just how short it is? Is there any way to add fabric to the front of the dress?
Post # 4
Yikes! I second wanting to see a photo so we can see how short it is and start to think of plans..
Post # 5
I dont have a picture with the dress on showing how short it is. I will take one on my lunch break and post!
Post # 6
As the pp’s have said, it would really help to see a pic- even just the bottom of the dress if you don’t want to show the whole dress online before your wedding.
What comes to mind for me is to not try to match the satin, but to do something with tulle or pleated organdy so it looks like an underskirt peeking out.
Here is a pic that shows the idea. Don’t focus on the style of the dress! I just wanted to choose a pic where you can see clearly what I’m talking about.
Post # 7
what shoes are you wearing? if you ar plannin on heals try on a flat and see if that will make it less obvious. also agree that pictures would be VERY helpful
Post # 8
Aprose: I’ve tried flats, doesnt help much. Also, I ordered a pair of $200 shoes, that ive been in love with for years, and yes im being stubborn, but im not going to wear flats on my wedding day lol But i will post pics ASAP!
Post # 9
I think someone who works with wedding dresses will have an idea on how to add length. You may have to redesign it a little but it can’t be impossible. Get in ASAP though because it could take some time.
Post # 10
Bricon, i have my first fitting tomorrow. So we’ll see what she’ll come up with. Just trying to come up with some more ideas:)
Post # 11
Since it’s a bubble hem, would you consider (if they could do it) to un-bubble it and make it a straight hem instead? If it worked it would add a couple inches to the length. Plus then you could put an underlayer like suggested above without it looking odd.
Post # 12
You should seriously consider starting a PayPal claim since the seller obviously seriously mislead you! That’s classic “item not as described.” Not that it will help your dress, but you might get some money back on the transaction that you could use toward alterations…
Post # 13
@ArmyWifey8.23: That’s exactly what I was thinking.
OP, I don’t think you’re going to be able to fix this without “un-bubbling” the hem. But if you un-bubble, there might even be enough fabric that a good seamstress could work it in so that you can’t really tell too obviously that it’s added on.
That’s a HUGE difference, though- 4-5 inches is a LOT of fabric. I’d be looking into your recourse with the seller. Adorae is a popular style, you could almost certainly find another one somewhere if you had to return it.