Make a dress shorter without alterations??

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a lace applique at the bottom of my dress, so instead of chopping the bottom off they took it apart at the waist and hemmed from the bodice.  They could also have removed the detail, hemmed the bottom, and reattached it after.


Post # 4
1631 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ChessiLeanne:  If you have it altered they most likely wouldn’t cut the bottom (if it has a unique bottom edge).

If they alter the length on this type of dress they would unattach it from the waist and then bring it up a couple of inches and then reattach it. You never even can tell it was done (if you have a good seamstress).

Did you not want to alterations for some other reason? Do you have a pic of the dress?

Post # 5
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

they would shorten from above the trim so the trim remains intact.

happens all the time when pants, dresses, skirts have fancy bottoms.

don’t worry about having to have it altered.


Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

They could take it up at the waist, or you could get a hoop skirt!

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ChessiLeanne:  I wore one! They’re actually not that hard!

You sit on the side of your hip, then scoot into the seat. And they’re SUPER flexible (the actual hoops are very thin plastic), so you can squeeze them closed to get into a car!

Post # 11
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The cheapest easiest way to do is to wear a crinoline or add a layer of tulle to lift the skirt up. If you want it to be perfect, have it altered:)

Post # 12
592 posts
Busy bee

Sounds like your options are either alteration or make it poofier.  Of course you could also wear heels.

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