Post # 1
Hi ladies! My Jim Hjelm arrived in record time. I only ordered it 2 months ago and it’s already here, which is great news because my wedding is around the corner. My bridesmaid took a photo of me with the dress on. There needs to be some major work done to take in the top so it is fitted to my chest. But how do you think the rest looks? What should I ask to have taken in or changed?
I feel like it’s too poufy at the bottom and that it need to get some of that pouf taken out. But then I worry about it looking too much like an evening gown and not enough like a wedding dress. What do you all think? p.s. I know this was like the worst pose ever, but my BM only took one photo!
Post # 3
I would wait to decide about the poof until you see it hemmed properly. It may not lay exactly the same once it’s hemmed.
Post # 4
First off – what a beautiful dress!!! Congratulations! It looks great on you, so please take these suggestions with that in mind…
As far as what else to have done, it looks like it could be taken in a bit at the waist. You also might want to ask about the wrinkling across the front. It could be the way you’re standing, but it shouldn’t pucker like that. I actually quite like the bottom, but if you’re worried about it, I don’t think it would alter the integrity of the dress to remove some of the poof!
Post # 5
@tksjewelry: Good point1 It is still a bit too long even with the shoes I had on in this photo (my wedding shoes).
@TroubadourTango: There are two petticoats under the dress though. I feel like it’s a bit much and ultimately makes me look too short (I’m 5’4″ normally or 5’7″ with wedding heels). As for the puckering, this seems to be a general issue with this dress as all my dress twins on WeddingBee have had the same problem. I do agree with you on being able to take some in on the waist but I’m a bit worried that I may put back on the few pounds I accidentally lost over the past month or two.
One more question: would it look bad or like something was missing if I skip wearing a veil entirely?
Post # 7
@mojitolady: Gotcha. I think you could definitely take out at least one petticoat. I tried on a Romona Keveza dress in the same material that came with a HUGE (and I mean really HUGE), separate petticoat. Seriously, I looked like Mother Ginger from the Nutcracker! The consultant gave me a much less dramatic petticoat I tried with it instead, and the dress still looked great, even though it greatly reduced the size of the skirt. I would absolutely talk with your tailor, but I would imagine you could remove at least one petticoat without changing the beauty of the dress.
With respect to the veil, I think that’s completely your call. Most dresses still look beautiful veil-less. Some dresses don’t look right with veils. If you’re not into the veil, I wouldn’t wear it.
Post # 6
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I think its gorgeous! Doesn’t look too poofy!
Post # 8
@mojitolady: I’m not sure you need that much poufyness at the bottom. This was a dress I tried on, and it has structure with the pleating already. Definitely needs some adjustments, but nothing standard alterations can’t fix.
I think a veil would be lovely, but if you’re not a veil girl, why not wear a sparkly comb to compliment the bodice?
Post # 9
@mojitolady: No advice for you but just wanted to say that I LOVE your gown and I’m shocked that it came so quickly. I ordered my Jim Hjelm last June and it won’t be done until February!!!
Please keep posting about your alterations as you go along as I am very interested to see what you have done. Mine will need alterations too.
Post # 10
@sillysillybee: Thank you so much! I just saw your reply. I’m new to WB and didn’t know how to read my messages.
I just got done with the final fitting. I’m happy (but not thrilled) with the end results. I think it’s just a really hard dress to tailor to your body. I think I’ll like the final look much better when I have the hair extensions in, my makeup done, etc. CONFESSION: I am wearing butt pads! LOL
Here are some photos with it bustled: