Help please! 5'4" brides!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

Sarah90:  I’m a little bigger than you, but same height. I found that true mermaids made my legs look a lot shorter, but a trumpet was gorgeous.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Not much help, but call the dress shop to see if your designer will do hollow to hem. The dress will be custom made to your proportions vs you having to just chop the bottom of your dress off.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Hi! I’m 5’4” and I ordered my mermaid dress in a size 8 (I’m a size 4 in regular clothes). The flare portion of the dress should hit just above the knees. Any good seamstress knows this and will shorten the dress proportionally — not just chop off the bottom. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Also should have added: I’m wearing 3.5” heels here, and this is the sample. It’s obviously a little long, but the consultant explained to me how they take up the length from the hem.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think it also depends on the dress. If there’s a sort of line where the skirt starts, they can easily take it up a bit. But if it all sort of swooshes out with no line (not sure if this description is helpful haha), then they can’t change it and can only cut from the bottom. So for example, I bought Mori Lee 5108, which doesn’t have that line at the skirt so alterations said they couldn’t make the skirt start higher. Fortunately, once I put 3 inch heels on, it looked alright but I’m also 161cm (think that’s about 5’3?) to begin with. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m 5’4 and my dress was a size 10 for boobs but altered down to a 6/8 for waist and hips. Mine flared just above the knee and I wore 4 in heels. An extra layer of tulle underneath enhanced flare. I had no issues whatsoever with the gown making me look short.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Some dresses, granted not all, have a seam right about where you knee would hit, and they actually undo that seam and take length from there rather than just chopping 10 inches off of the bottom.  Then, they reattach it to the body of the dress.  My dress is all lace and i had no idea the seam was even there to begin with.  It helps keep the dress propotionate. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

Sarah90:  yes, it’s mine! It’s a Sophia Tolli, and was ordered in petite. It still has to be hemmed, but the flare is in a better spot.

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