Post # 1
So it’s time to get my dress altered, and I’m confused!!!!!!!!!
I went to the bridal shop where I bought the dress, because they do alterations. It was going to be $150 for the hem, 11 bustles at $8.00 each and $65 to take the bust in on each side. She was also going to take up the sleeves on the balero for free.
She was going to do an underneath bustle, I’ve never heard of this, but as she had it pinned up it looked pretty enough. She said the train was too heavy for just pinning it up, if that makes sense?
Anyway, my MOH talked me into atleast checking out one more option. A tailor she heard good things about.
This tailor said my dress didn’t need hemmed, and there is no way to hem it without it being very visible. Now this got me to thinking, surely a lot of brides need their dress hemmed, this has GOT to be a pretty standard procedure. Right? Is this something seen all the way around? This tailor also would do i hook for the bustle, so it just comes up and hooks. I have no clue who is correct. And she is going to charge $100 per side to take the bust in. That seems a bit crazy?She also said the balero is just fine, and the sleeves are clearly too long.
The second tailor was about $20.00 more, and wasn’t coming with a hem. So I’m pretty sure I’m going with the first lady. But I’m really worried about making the wrong decision.
Here’s my issue, neither woman speaks very good english, and I want to ask if you will be able to see the hem. I’m just afraid there will be a language barrier.
So bees do any of you know how a dress is hemmed so you cant see it? And does anyone know anything about bustling a dress? I’ll upload a pic of the front and back.
Please help, I’m 6 weeks out and NEED to get on this. Thanks ladies.
Post # 3
Honestly, I would break even and find a THIRD seamstress on your own and base it on reviews. I’m not saying in-house seamstresses aren’t good, because they usually are. HOWEVER, they love to mark up prices. Also, how do you really know they are fully understanding what you want if they can’t really understand you?
Google seamstresses in your area, read some reviews, and go from there. Good luck hon!
Post # 4
It’s hard to tell from your pictures, but it looks like your dress doesn’t need to be hemmed at all. I agree that the bolero needs to be altered though. It sounds like the second seamstress wants to do a one or three point overbustle. But if the top layer of your dress is fragile (organza or chiffon), you can’t do that for the whole dress. The fabric won’t support the layers underneath. You need an underbustle as well or just underbustle the whole train.
Post # 5
Would different pictures, maybe close ups help?
Post # 6
Yes, post a better picture of the bottom hem.
Post # 7
The issue with the fit isn’t what it appears. Your gown is not sitting on-center with your bust. It is pulled up too high. It’s not an issue of needing to take the bodice in- you need to adjust where the gown is sitting on the body.
Try putting it back on and holding tightly, and a bit lower on your bust while someone is zipping it up. don’t let it creep up while it’s being zipped. A lot if times the reason a dress rides up like this is that in actuality, it is too tight in the hip area. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel too tight. It’s juuuuust a bit too small, and when you zip it, the entire bodice sneaks up. Inexperienced (or lazy ) seamstresses don’t see that, they simply take in the bust area instead of doing the correct alteration to the hip area. My point is, the “cup” area of the bust is riding too high 🙂
Once you zip it with the girls in the correct position, your bodice will be magically filled out, and in my experience, no alteration may be needed.
The hem- these gowns are made to be altered. The hem lace is just basted to the fabric. We gently remove the cut the desired amount of fabric off, then sew the hem lace back on. Easy peasy. Once the gown is sitting correctly, you will be able to see if it truly is too long. A bridal gown hem should be 1/2″ from the floor.
I personally would not use a hook to bustle thiS gown. The train is too long, and the fabric too delicate. There is a high likelihood of it ripping out (and ripping a hole in you gown)
The jacket- the sleeves ARE too long
Also, your dress would benefit greatly from a small crinoline. The design would not fold in on itself like it does in the pics, and it will likely bring the hem up just enough that you won’t need a hem.
Let me know if you need any help. My email is [email protected]. I’m happy to look over photos if you have any more!
Post # 9
I have a similar hem and my seamstress said it could be hemmed. She explained that she cuts along the pattern of the lace, then adjusts the length of the dress, re-attaches the cut lace with some small well placed stitches, and that’s it. I would maybe look for a seamstress that you feel more comfortable communicating with.
Post # 10
When it was adjusted correctly on your body, how was the fit in the bust? Did it fill out any better?
Hemming lace can be expensive (not difficult, but time consuming). I would try the petticoat trick first. If you can’t scrounge one up from a friend, the bridal shop should have one you can use for try on. There are different degrees of fluff, I would opt for the low tomedium fullness.