I'm short… how to hem a mermaid dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee

This is my dress too, and I’m 5’1″! I totally agree that just hemming from the bottom isn’t a good idea 🙁 When I folded it to see how it looked, it made me look really stumpy and out of proportion. I am really hoping it can somehow be raised from the mid section and won’t cost too much! Also, I’m going to try to wear the highest heels I can find! lol 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was looking at a mermaid and you’re right about raising the seam above where it flares. I had it pinned up like that when I tried one on (I’m 5″2) and it looked much more proportional.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m only 5 feet too and wondering if half my ruffles will be gone by the time it’s hemmed. I actually want that lol. My dress is the Divina

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ll be following this thread since I’m only 5’0 and have a fit n flare!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have a similar problem.  Unfortunately because my dress doesn’t have any horizontal seams, there’s no way for the seamstress to take it up from the middle.  I mean, she could, but she would literally have to cut my dress in half and then sew it back together, then there would be a seam that I’d have to hide with a belt.  And it would be hella expensive.  So we are just gona take it up from the bottom.  They showed me how it would look, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be…it doesn’t look disproportionate at all, just more like a mermaid/trumpet than a fit and flare.  I’ll be wearing 4″ heels so that should help too.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@weddingbee098:  I have a mermaid dress with a seam where the skirt starts. the body of my dress is very long so I’m going to have the skirt removed, shorten the body and then reattach the skirt.

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@weddingbee098:  We have the same dress and height lol. Here is my dress hemmed, it looks a little weird on the sides because she was still working on the bustle.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

looks great hemmed and does not take away from the dress at all

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@weddingbee098:  Just hemmed at the bottom, I didn’t realize there were other ways to do it

Post # 12
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Wannabee

Getting a little freaked out because I am 5’0 and bought this dress.  I didn’t even think of this!  My wedding is completely on the beach so I was considering wearing small wedges, but may have to reconsider if it will look awkward.  Anyone else have pics of their alterations for this?  @er3486 – did you have heels on?

 

I am taking out the crinoline because I wanted it more flowy (and less hot).  Maybe this will help?

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Has anyone (Preppy_Bee ?)  had success hemming from the midsection? To help keep proportions? I have this dress too and am hoping it’s do able! 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

Meags105:  I am 5’1″ and have a very similar Mori Lee. My seamstress hemmed up the midsection so the fitted bodice came around my finger tips and then took a bit off the bottom. It is more expensive to do that but the only way to keep proportions! Just taking it up on the bottom of my particular gown made the flaired bottom too short. Here are before and afters:

 

after

 

before (keep in mind i was on a platform so it looks a lot better than it did in real life!):

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