Post # 1
I ordered a pre-owned dress off preownedwedding.com. I love the dress but it is too short. The previous bride did not have it altered, but when I tried it on in the store I had a feeling it might be too short if it wasn’t ordered in extra inches. Sure enough it is….The bride before me was 5’4 1/2″ and she wore 3 inch heels. I am 5’8 with no heels.
Now what?? My mom is a seamtress and said she can add extra satin and organza to the bottom of the dress but I’m afraid that’s going to look trashy as all hell. I’m afraid the color and material won’t match because it is a champagne satin underneath with a shiny ivory organza overlay. There is really nothing to let out at the seams so I think this is the only option.
EDIT: that line seen on the satin hem is not extra material up there, it’s some weird netting that can not be let out without unraveling the dress.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@Lily_of_the_valley: I wore my cousins prom dress for my grad. She is 5 inches shorter than me. The dress was originally pink and white, we took out the white and put back and put a black crinoline in so it poked out the bottom. I wore one inch heels.
Post # 4
@Lily_of_the_valley: Do you have a photo with you in the dress? Are there layers of crinoline under your dress that can be taken out so it lays flatter and longer against your body? If the bride wore 3″ heels and is 5′ 4.5″ tall, and you are 5’8″ without heels, aren’t we talking about a 1/2 inch difference then if you wear flats?
Post # 5
@Pixienickie: there is a layer of crinoline that can be removed but I would definitely lose the volume of the skirt. It already doesn’t have a lot of volume though so I would hate to do that.
Here is a pic of the bottom of the dress
Post # 6
@Pixienickie: You would think! But it’s just not adding up. Now…truthfully I can’t zipper the dress all the way in the back by myself (I have no one to help right now) so I can’t tell exactly how it will lay but I can already tell it will be too short. Like I said, I can remove the crinoline but the skirt is already pretty low volume. I also wanted to wear some form of heel but that might be out. Ugh again.
Post # 7
Ok, my mom said that she thinks the best bet is the find fabric which like a satin and lace ribbon to add to the bottom of the champagne satin…that way it looks like it’s the border of the dress and it was supposed to be made that way. Adding extra organz won’t be a problem since it’s so flowy
Post # 8
@Lily_of_the_valley: It’s hard to tell without seeing your entire dress- but I DO think you should be able to add to the length of your gown and have it look great. I didn’t have to do this- but my seamstress and I were talking about what happens when gowns get cut too short- and mine would have been one where you would have been able to add to it because it many layers of tulle.
I’m guessing the line you’re referring to at the bottom is actually like a “hoop”- that is intended to keep the dress from folding inbetween your legs while you walk. My dress had to be shortened, and and she had to take material out from the middle as opposed to cut the bottom off.
EDIT: sorry- somehow I missed that your mom was a seamstress. If she’s confident she can do it, and you know her work- let her do it. You can’t really wear a dress that’s too short- and I assume you can’t return it.
If you take to good seamstress, she should be able to lengthen your dress properly.
Post # 9
@MrsEME: hopefully it all works out, I am confident in my mom’s work (she has made all my homecoming and prom dresses). I’m just hoping it can be done without it looking too weird!
Post # 10
Okay, so you don’t want to add more satin to the existing dress (might not match in color) and you don’t want the loose the shape of the dress by removing the skirt.
How about this – attach some organza (the sheer) to the back side of the hem of the satin for length. The color won’t have to match exactly to the top layer of organza on the dress like satin would have to match perfectly. It would give you added length but not take away from the style. It comes in various weights, so you could get it a little heavier and it wouldn’t be as sheer. You could even get a little creative and scatter some beads on it.
Post # 11
@Lily_of_the_valley: Can you let out those pick ups in the front and reattach them lower? It will give you more length in the front so your toes don’t peek out.
Post # 12
I would add an underlayer so that it showed at the bottom all the way around like it was meant to. It can be aded from the waist, just above the knee, or wherever your Mom thinks it needs to be to fill in the gaps of the organza hem.
Little girl’s dresses are an easier example to find:
Post # 13
@Lily_of_the_valley: the dress is so pretty! If I were you I’d take advantage of this shortness and find some absolutely *fantastic* heels (maybe blue?) that you want to show off and not alter the dress! every time you walk the shoes will peep thru
Post # 14
@julies1949: I’d suggest that as well. Add another layer from the waist underneath.