Help! My Maggie Sottero Lace dress is too long! Getting hemmed??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2918 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would try the crinoline, I think that would look lovely and give it som umph as well as fix your length issue!

Post # 6
6969 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d go try some on at david’s bridal and see what type you like.

I would think you’d have to cut the dress at the waist to hem it? Not sure how that works exactly.

Post # 7
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@tcg51114: Did you buy your dress from a salon? I would take the dress back to the salon and ask to try different crinolines on with your dress. It’s hard to tell from your pics how long it is, so you may get lucky and a crinoline might lift it enough.

Even if you bought your dress online, a salon that sells crinolines should cooperate with you.

If it needs to be shortened, it has to be taken apart at the waist seam and the skirt lifted from there. That also involves taking out the zipper and re-adjusting the back buttons, so it is not an insignificant job.

Post # 8
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@julies1949:  Actually no, you don’t have to do that! 

@tcg51114:  Ok,  so I also had a Maggie dress and it was waaaaaay too long. Like 7 inches or something. I was told all Maggies are made this way, which makes sense. The “lace” isn’t actually lace. They’re lace applicees (i can’t spell, sorry) that are sewn onto toule. Meaning, they move! This is a lot of work, so be prepared to pay for it, but basically, my seamstress took them all off, hemmed the dress, and sewed them all back on by hand. It was a ton of work, but the beautiful bottom of my dress was perfect and intact on my wedding day. 

So really, don’t sweat it! 

Let’s see if I can find a photo for you: 

Ok so here is the back the day I got the dress.. I don’t know why I don’t have a front photo, but if you look, you can still get an idea of how much longer the dress was on me. (I bought a sample, but I’m only barely 5’3.)

Here’s the day of! (Ugh, it still bugs me that I didn’t notice the dress ride up and tug down the boobs at all! I gained 5 pounds the week before the wedding because my MA thesis was due. epic fail)

Post # 9
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013


I had my brownyn hemmed about the same length as you would need. It was only $70. The bottom lace applique just unpicks and then is sewn back on when the desired length is taken off.

Post # 9
720 posts
Busy bee

Mrs.LemonDrop:  Hahaha, I went to a fitting this morning and all I was thinking was “crap, I should have waited a few more weeks to get this dress sized until after my master’s thesis was done and I have stopped binge eating while I work!” Grad school bride problems 🙂 You still looked beautiful though!

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